We take some things for granted like, say, the Ford Crown Victoria. The same basic car, known variously as the LTD, Crown Victoria LTD and Crown Victoria had been produced from 1979 until 2012 so they go largely unnoticed when encountered. Until now. The fact is these holdovers from the times of body-on-frame construction and rear wheel drive are beginning to get scarce. Because they were, typically, subjected to extremely rough service as taxis, police cars and as the preferred car for Florida retirees in search of an early bird special, finding one in pristine condition is highly unlikely but we sighted this ’88 model year Crown Vic in almost showroom condition.
Most of the ones we’ve seen are blue, such as this early ’80’s sedan which carried both LTD and Crown Victoria badging. The LTD name was soon, thereafter, applied to a smaller Ford as part of the company’s ongoing consumer confusion program so Crown Victoria (with or without the “eleganza” roof treatment) became the name for the surviving full size Ford.
More Ford blues sighted here. The one below was shot by Feral Cars Field Scout Carolyn Williams who was at a loss to explain how this car ended up in the parking space reserved for clean air vehicles. The sun seems to have done quite a number of the rear deck so maybe that’s some kind of solar collector? Just a theory.
When you think “Crown Victoria” and/or “LTD Crown Victoria” you immediately conjure up a four door sedan but these behemoths were available as station wagons and two-door (tudor in Ford’s wacky vernacular) versions.
The Country Squire wagon features seating for 8 and huge swaths of brown contact paper on the sides and rear. The coupe version includes the same roof band and padded vinyl half roof as the sedan but the back seat is a whole lot more difficult to access. This is a relatively early model so please note the front vent windows, a nice touch for smokers and other emissions producers.
We would be remiss if we didn’t make mention of the origin of the Crown Victoria nomenclature. That dates back to the 1955 – 56 model years when someone had the bright idea to “crown” the car with a stainless steel band that ran up the B-pillars and across the roof. These resourceful Havana residents were seen in the midst of a major restoration project on their ’56 Crown Vic which made it to Cuba three years before Batista split for exile.
Want to get a whole lot of car for not so much money? We suggest you bid on this ’86 Country Squire which we predict will find a new home for less than $3000. Get out there and redeem some bottles and it will, surely, be yours.
Set the way back machine for 1984 and enjoy this Crown Victoria commercial you might have seen on Falcon Crest.
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