Junkyard Gem: 2003 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

Ford replaced the squared-off LTD Crown Victoria with the additional aerodynamic new Crown Victoria for the 1992 model calendar year. The chassis below all those flowing system lines remained the late-1970s-classic Panther, but a superior previous human body-on-frame design with coil springs all close to and huge suspension elements turned out to be just the ticket for legislation-enforcement use (primarily when put together with the funds-conserving positive aspects of low aerodynamic drag, pounds-reduction tricks, and a modern-day overhead-cam V8). Confident, some civilians bought the 1992-2011 Crown Victoria, but fleet gross sales of the P72 (taxi) and P71 (law enforcement) variations had been what manufactured this car or truck this sort of a gross sales achievements for two a long time. This is a reduced-mile (somewhat speaking) second-era P71, uncovered in a self-services lawn just south of Denver.

This car’s other siblings ended up the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln City Vehicle production of the Grand Marquis continued all the way to Mercury’s demise in the 2011 design calendar year, when the City Automobile obtained the axe the same 12 months. Allegedly, some Crown Victorias were being built in late 2011 for the 2012 product yr and exported to Saudi Arabia the ultimate design 12 months for North American Crown Victoria revenue was 2011.

I experienced an ex-cop 1997 Police Interceptor as my each day driver for the next 50 percent of the 2000s. It experienced been a parole officer’s auto in California’s Central Valley and was not made use of for several arrests, so it had a lot of lower-pressure highway miles, no urine smell (nevertheless it did occur with a bunch of unused urine-exam kits in the trunk), and a non-black-and-white paint task. I favored that car or truck a lot, with its painfully chilly air conditioning, 25 mpg freeway gas financial system, and flat dealing with.

A lot of police P71s experienced the manufacturing unit rear seats eradicated and changed with pee-evidence fiberglass units, with the first seats receiving swapped back again in when it came time to auction off the vehicle. The awesome situation of this seat implies that is what took location, however this car might have been a non-public-security patrol motor vehicle, into which couple fluid-leaking perps had been cuffed-and-stuffed.

A very useful characteristic of the P71 was the thick rubberized carpeting, which formed a little something of a water-proof trough inside of the motor vehicle. If any objectionable material ends up on the carpeting, you just hose it out.

This one has the additional-magnificent CD player in the sprint, some thing most law enforcement departments wouldn’t have been willing to fork out extra to get. Maybe another person swapped in this radio right after the auto received auctioned off by its first fleet owner.

I listen to that these vehicles are normally discovered with intergalactic-quality odometer readings, but most of the kinds I obtain in vehicle graveyards have somewhere in the 150,000-250,000 assortment as their remaining mile count. The taxis typically have larger readings, in particular the kinds that started out existence in the regulation-enforcement business enterprise, but so considerably my own junkyard document-holder experienced just 412,013 miles. I consider the glut of ex-cop P71s meant that taxi organizations found it was less expensive to just acquire far more 150k-mile P71s at auction than to repair up a single with a worn-out suspension, lousy rust, and/or trashed inside.

With all the speak of particular cop equipment on ex-law enforcement cars and trucks, the P71 was hardly ever specifically fast in a straight line. In 2003, the 4.6 Modular V8 with dual exhaust made 239 horsepower the Police Interceptor generally acquired this motor, which was offered as an solution on the civilian Crown Vics as very well. The Police Interceptor suspension did provide a large effectiveness update above its civilian counterpart, with stiffer springs and fatter sway bars (the very first time I rented a civilian Crown Vic just after buying my P71, its ocean-liner-design suspension pretty much induced me to set it on its roof at the incredibly to start with freeway offramp). The driveshaft on the Law enforcement Interceptor was a specially well balanced aluminum ingredient, so that the car wouldn’t shake by itself to pieces on very long-length freeway pursuits with the pedal glued to the floor, and just about every possible hefty-obligation fluid cooler was bundled in the PI package.

Nobody looks to get these spotlights currently. When I was a teenage hoodlum haunting junkyards in the early 1980s, I was really psyched to get a very good offer on a genuine cop spotlight for my 1958 Beetle.

One particular spot the P71 however performs a main part is lower-spending budget road racing. During my years as an esteemed and revered formal with the 24 Hours of Lemons series, I have found at minimum a hundred P71s competing in weekend-lengthy stamina races. They have verified to be quite trustworthy, with predictable dealing with and respectable lap moments. In simple fact, if I experienced to guess on an Acura Integra or BMW 3-Collection vs . a P71 to get the most laps, I’d set my income on the P71 (except the Integra or 3-Collection had now finished ample races to do the job out the worst bugs).

If you are wanting for a enjoyment job auto to make into a little something a lot quicker and more luxurious, I’d suggest a 2000s P71 with out any qualms. Just upgrade it to a Mustang six-speed manual, add a bolt-on supercharger kit, and then swap in a finish City Motor vehicle interior (which more or a lot less bolts appropriate into a Crown Victoria). 

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Ford failed to bother to do a great deal television advertising and marketing for the submit-1992 Crown Victoria, which produced feeling for a auto generally acquired by governing administration businesses.