At the time, law enforcement agencies, including several in Alabama, seemed to think it was a good idea.
The plan floated by a Charlotte company was to supply police and sheriff's departments with one-dollar patrol cars by rounding up sponsors to advertise on the vehicles.
Local officials say the idea is dead in its own tracks.
Government Acquisitions attracted nationwide publicity earlier this year with its offer to provide police cars, and possibly other emergency vehicles, for virtually nothing by selling ads on the cars. The result would be a cross between a conventional patrol car and the cars used on the NASCAR circuits.
At least eight Alabama law enforcement agencies inquired about the offer, but none of those agencies has received vehicles. Accounts from across the country indicate scores of agencies in other states haven't received their cars either.
Government Acquisitions president Ken Allison hasn't responded to telephone calls seeking comment.