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Cars Of A Liefetime: 1985 Ford LTD Crown Victoria – A Decrepit Panther Is No Cougar

I had been storing some cars at my house for my friend for several years, most notably his Ford pickup under our trees. One day he shows up in a gray 1985 Ford LTD Crown Victoria and informs me that he wants to give it to me. “Why?” I ask, “do you really just want me to store it for you?” “No”; he said it was for all the times I had helped him out. Ok, I thought, but I really had no use for such a machine. But I didn’t want to refuse his “generosity” so I took the car. Along with it he also gave me a cheap and gaudy ring that he bought from a street vendor in Southern California.

I soon learned that the title to the car was with the ex-wife of his former boss in a small town just a ways out. Hmm. I thought, I wonder how he came to “own” this car.

According to him I merely need go and ask for the title from her. So I drove out and found with some difficulty the mobile home she was living in. Upon introducing myself and explaining what my friend had said she simply said; “Well damn him; he still owes me fifteen dollars, but if you get me a box of cigarettes I will give you the title”. So after a trip to the store and one box of cigarettes later the title was in my hands.

Now of course that title was open and signed off on by some person that was not any of the four of us involved in its future so far. But luckily (or not) everything panned out at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

( Matlock-mobile )

The car itself was gray with some peeling clear coat. It had the ubiquitous 302 V8 and AOD transmission, and the tires were bad, but it was actually fairly straight otherwise, and the interior was pretty nice. However, Panthers are not really my thing. Neither are any large American cars from the seventies through now really (I must admit that there are a few exceptions, most notably Mercury Marauder, late Caprices, and Cadillac Fleetwoods).

Now, going from VW Rabbits and gnarly trucks to a big American sedan is a bit of a change. What the %^&$ is this, fake wood?  The seats felt like Lazy Boy recliners, the handling was non-existent; it wallowed around bends, ducking and bobbing at every corner. And at highway speeds it floated like kids playing on a water bed. Oh, and of course there was the power steering that was so overpowered and vague that one really aimed with it more than steered.

I drove the car around a little bit until the tags expired and then parked it. I was used to cars that were peppy and/or efficient. This was a whole different kind of beast, something Ben Matlock or Barnaby Jones might drive, not me. But my friend David and his wife who were in college and had two children had just had their VW bus breakdown on them. So I told them they could use the LTD as long as they needed but that it would need tires and tags.

David drove it around on the bad tires for quite awhile until they blew up. So he was forced to buy tires for it. Personally I didn’t care if I ever saw the car again, but one day I was car-less for some reason so I asked if I could borrow it back for a few days.

When I returned it to them, David asked me if I had smoked in it. I told him that I had not, but that if I had wanted to I would have, since it was my car. He became quite irritated and started babbling about landlords and bosses and hypocrites. Suddenly I was the petty-bourgeois and he was the oppressed proletariat. I said, look why don’t you just buy the car, I’ll sell it to you cheap. No, he didn’t want to own such a beast; can’t say I blame him. So we parted ways, the car still in his possession.

Ater about six months the LTD quit running on them. So I went and tried to fix it, but by the time I got to it, it was running all on it’s own accord. They got another car and I got the LTD back. However David never let me forget that he put new tires on it.

I drove it around a little, but then it shut down on me one cold night and I quite driving it. I did trace the problem down to the ignition module. Those years of Ford used the TFI (Thick Film Integrated) system which is notoriously fragile. But I never did fix it, and I really didn’t care. So it sat on the farm for several years until I got tired of it and sold it to a scrapper for next to nothing. It never was really my type of car.

I once asked my friend Bill why I liked small cars so much. He said it was because I valued efficiency. And he was right. The new world ideal ushered in by the vast expanses of open land and endless resources of the Americas changed our definition of well-off. At least in the USA it’s all about conspicuous consumption. The biggest, most un-used lawn, the fountain that pours forth untouched water all day, the vast living room with but a few pieces of furniture. And the cars, oh yes, the cars. Bigger, more comfortable, more powerful. You can’t even buy a small truck now. What is called compact now is what was called mid-sized a few years ago. So yes, I value efficiency, at least in a car.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a certain appeal in a piece of big American iron with a big engine that does big stuff. After all, one of my current cars is a one-ton, four-wheel-drive van with a 350 crate motor and a four barrel carburetor in it. But it can haul twelve people, pull a trailer, carry a couple of canoes on the roof rack, and do it all off-road. A car on the other hand, is a simple device meant to carry 2-5 people in comfort from one point to another. With such simple requirements it seems efficiency would be at the top of the list when shopping for one.

But to each his own, and my own is not really in the Panther or B body realm. Since my brief fling with the LTD ended, I have not owned another large American car. Instead I got a more efficient, more classic American car, that made me appreciate the true je ne sais quoi of American iron. But that’s for next time.


1985 Ford (USA) LTD Crown Victoria 4-Door
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Here is a 1985 Ford Crown Victoria with only 45,000 original miles, Loaded with options, just purchased from the very careful 90 year old original owner, Dorothy.  I’ll let the original brochure describe why the ’85 Ford is so great!


“In this world of smaller cars, it’s a pleasure to enjoy the comfort, quietness, and smooth ride of the LTD Crown Victoria from Ford. Electronically fuel-injected V-8 power, Full frame construction, spacious 6 passenger seating – these and many more are standard in LTD Crown Victoria, Designed and engineered in the tradition of the world’s finest road cars”.


There’s Dorothy, the very nice lady who, along with her husband, took such great care of this car, giving it a nice home, and frequent maintenance at the Ford dealers and independent shops.  She bought it new at Smith Ford in Garden Grove, CA, which eventually became Campbell Ford.


I love it when the factory delivery paperwork has been preserved!


Look at all those options, totalling up to $16,843 !  But, being the nice guys they were, the Ford people put a $924 discount on it to wind up with $15,919.  That was a hefty chunk of change in 1985!

And let’s go over some of the more important options and features – 5.0 Liter fuel injected V-8, 4 speed automatic transmission with overdrive,  Air Conditioning, AM/FM 4 speaker Cassette, Tilt wheel, Power front disc brakes, Power steering, Power door locks, remote mirror, Tilt wheel, Leather wrapped wheel, Speed Control ( Cruise Control), 6 way power driver seat, rear window defroster, Luxury group interior, Locking Wire Wheel covers, Tinted glass, Power windows.  WOW!!  Now THAT is a LOADED car!!


It’s beautiful – that’s all original paint, chrome, vynil top – Luxury Half-Top with brushed Aluminum trim, according to the brochure! It runs and drives wonderfully, the A/C is nice and cold, the power windows work great,  it’s just a pleasure to drive!

Here it is in Operation!


The Blue & Gold license plate is the original one for this car.  Ken Grody Ford on the license frame did some of the maintenance on it later on.


To have survived the last 31 years in such excellent condition is a tribute to the careful nature of the original owners.


Amazing! all the trim is bright, tinted glass is clear and sharp, it’s just amazingly nice! The right rear tire whitewall must have been her curb feeler, it has a few scuffs to it, although the hubcaps stayed nice.


Excellent chrome bumper with optional rub strips! The paint is all original, and has survived in amazingly good shape. The sides are very shiny, and the top of the hood, trunk and roof show a bit of fading, but still, astonishingly nice original paint in Regatta metallic blue.


That’s the Interior Luxury group, which included crushed velour fabric, reclining split bench seats, full length armrests and 18 ounce cut pile floor covering. Additional woodtone appliques on the dash, carpeted package tray, dual illuminated visor mirrors, automatic parking brake release, and 18 ounce cut pile carpeting.


There it is, the original mileage ! 45,233 as of the photo session!


The dash wood applique is brilliant – looks like new! The top dash vynil had some cracks, so we had a dash cover made.  The AM/FM cassette player isn’t working.


Leather wrapped tilt steering wheel – in excellent shape!


Beautiful driver’s doorpanel, with window controls, power lock controls, and remote mirror stalk.


The pedals show hardly any wear, consistent with the original mileage


Even the driver’s sill plate is bright and beautiful, with the Ford Blue logo shiny and brilliant.


Comfy Crushed Velour, looks like brand new!


Even the ashtrays are shiny and clean!


Here’s the driver’s inner doorjamb, all clean and original. Wow!


Door striker pin cad plating is still gold, and that Ford tire pressure decal is still nice and crisp!


The Crushed velour is spectacular!


Here’s the Crown emblem on the brushed aluminum Half-top divider. Lovely!


5.0 Liter Electronic Fuel Injected V-8 – a smooth, quiet and wonderful powerplant. It passed California smog just recently with no problems.


Engine bay is in nice shape, stock, correct and authentic.  Serviced regularly.  We see the AC compressor in this shot, the A/C is really nice and cold!


Let’s open up the trunk – note there is a flaw in the lower trunk strip, visible here just below the pinstriping.


It looks like new in there. We think that’s the original spare.


All original and clean.


Clean here – excellent lenses, and weatherstripping that is still soft and pliable.


Service receipts are all included.


And handwritten logs of the service by the owner.


It’s amazing to find a car that is this nice, well maintained, and low mileage!

Offered by the Vault Classic Cars Dealership, Fullerton, CA, call us at 714-401-1047

 International customers are welcome to buy! We’ve sent many cars overseas.

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.Sold AS-IS, with NO WARRANTY. Delivery F.O.B. Fullerton, CA.  This car is sold Mileage exempt, meaning it’s not possible to know the original mileage.  It is the buyer’s responsibility to either inspect the car in person or enlist the services of an inspector prior to sale.  The car may have minor or major flaws that are not evident in the photos and description.  Federally required “buyer’s guide”,  marked AS-IS, NO WARRANTY is incorporated in this contract by reference.  CONDITIONS OF SALE, 4 PAGES, are incorporated in this contract by reference.  Buyer must provide seller with a copy of government-issued identification such as a driver’s license or Passport.  Funds must come from the person shown on the identification, not a third party. .

We are happy to work with legitimate overseas buyers, and we can assist with getting the car shipped to most international ports. Shipping is at buyers expense, the car is sold FOB Anaheim, CA. There is an additional $200 cost to flatbed the car to any  freight forwarder in the Los Angeles, CA area.  Call us during Pacific Daylight Business hours at 714-401-1047.


Ford LTD Crown Victoria

This article is about the 1980-1991 version of the model line. For the 1992–2012 retail model car, see Ford Crown Victoria. For the version used by law enforcement, see Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Motor vehicle

Ford LTD Crown Victoria
Ford LTD Crown Victoria sedan 1.jpg
Also calledFord LTD Landau (1979)
Model years1980-1991
AssemblyAtlanta Assembly (Hapeville, Georgia)
Los Angeles Assembly (Pico Rivera, California)
Louisville Assembly Plant (Louisville, Kentucky)
Oakville Assembly (Oakville, Ontario)
St. Louis Assembly (Hazelwood, Missouri)
St. Thomas Assembly (Southwold, Ontario, Canada)
Body style2-door sedan
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
PlatformFord Panther platform
RelatedMercury Grand Marquis
Lincoln Town Car
Continental Mark VI
Engine4.2 L (255 cu in) WindsorV8
4.9 L (302 cu in) WindsorV8
5.8 L (351 cu in) Windsor V8
Transmission4-speed AODautomatic
Wheelbase114.3 in (2,903 mm) (sedan)
Length211 in (5,359 mm) (sedan)
215.7 in (5,479 mm) (1990–91 wagon)
216 in (5,486 mm) (1988–89 wagon)
Width77.5 in (1,968 mm) (sedan)
79.3 in (2,014 mm) (wagon)
Height55.6 in (1,412 mm) (sedan)
56.5 in (1,435 mm) (wagon)
Predecessor Ford LTD Brougham, LTD Landau (1969 Ford)
SuccessorFord Crown Victoria

The Ford LTD Crown Victoria is a line of full-size cars that was manufactured and marketed by Ford from the 1980 to 1991 model years. Deriving its name from the Ford Fairlane coupe of 1955-1956, the LTD Crown Victoria served as the flagship of the Ford LTD model range in North America. Serving as the Ford counterpart of the Mercury Grand Marquis, the model line was offered as a two-door and a four-door sedan and a five-door station wagon (including the woodgrained LTD Country Squire).

For 1983, Ford revised its full-size and mid-size product ranges across all three of its divisions; the LTD Crown Victoria remained the sole full-size Ford sedan with the mid-size Granada taking on the LTD name. Following a minor update for the 1988 model year, the LTD Crown Victoria was discontinued after the 1991 model year, replaced by the redesigned Ford Crown Victoria (dropping the station wagon body style and retiring the LTD prefix).

Through its production, the LTD Crown Victoria was produced by Ford at several different facilities. At launch, it was built at the Louisville, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Oakville plants. By 1982, Oakville was the sole assembly location, and the following year production was added alongside the Mercury Grand Marquis at St. Louis Assembly in Hazelwood, Missouri. Canadian production shifted from Oakville to St. Thomas Assembly in Southwold, Ontario for 1984 models; the facility would become the exclusive production site a year later, producing the LTD Crown Victoria until 1991.

Name etymology[edit]

Taking its name from the Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria of 1955-1956, the 1980 LTD Crown Victoria borrowed a distinctive styling feature from its Fairlane counterpart: a targa-style band across the roof atop the B-pillars. For the Fairlane, the band was bright chrome; to modernize its appearance, the LTD Crown Victoria adopted a band of brushed aluminum.

In the landaulet-style of the Lincoln Town Car, the LTD Crown Victoria was fitted with a half-length padded vinyl roof, with the brushed-aluminum band covering the B-pillars (in place of the "coach lamps" of the Mercury Grand Marquis). In the style of the original 1965 Ford LTD, the LTD Crown Victoria featured a "crested" hood ornament.

The first time Ford used "Victoria" as a naming convention was 1932, for both Ford Victoria and Lincoln Victoria 2-door coupes.


1981 Ford LTD Crown Victoria two-door sedan

For 1980, Ford introduced the LTD Crown Victoria nameplate to replace the LTD Landau as its top-level trim for its year-old Ford LTD. As with the previous generation LTD Landau and LTD Brougham, the LTD Crown Victoria directly challenged the Chevrolet Caprice and Pontiac Bonneville (both downsized for 1977) and the Dodge St. Regis (discontinued in 1981).

Originally slated for replacement by the Ford Taurus in the early 1980s, the model line saw relatively little change throughout its production. As the decade progressed, fuel prices stabilized, leading to increased demand and further development of the model line. For 1988 and 1990, the LTD Crown Victoria underwent multiple revisions and updates.

In early 1991, Ford introduced the Ford Crown Victoria as a 1992 model. Dropping the LTD prefix, the Crown Victoria underwent extensive body, chassis, and powertrain upgrades over its predecessor, remaining in production through 2011.


The Ford LTD Crown Victoria uses the rear-wheel drive Ford Panther platform architecture. As part of a major downsizing over the 1973-1978 LTD Brougham/Landau, the LTD Crown Victoria shed 18 inches of length and nearly 1000 pounds of curb weight. While the Panther chassis was all-new, the basic suspension layout was carried over, adopting a double wishboneindependent front suspension and a coil-sprung live rear axle. The front brakes were vented discs with rear drums.


For its 1980 introduction, Ford produced the LTD Crown Victoria with two engines (both of them V8s). In place of six-cylinder engines as standard equipment, a 130hp 4.9L V8 (the previous 302, rounded up to 5.0L by Ford) was standard, with a 140hp 5.8L V8 (351) as an option.[1] The Ford C4 3-speed automatic transmission was paired to both V8 engines.[2]

For 1981, Ford took additional steps to increase the fuel efficiency of its full-size vehicles. A smaller-displacement V8 became the standard engine, with Ford adding a 120 hp 4.2L V8. Following its introduction on the Lincoln Town Car and Continental Mark VI, the LTD Crown Victoria received throttle-body "electronic central fuel injection" for the 4.9L V8, replacing the carburetor. From Lincoln, the AOD overdrive 4-speed automatic transmission was paired with the 4.2L V8 and was an option with the two larger V8s.[2] For 1982, the AOD replaced the 3-speed automatic entirely.[2]

For 1983, the engine line was revised, as Ford ended production of the 4.2L V8 across all model lines. The 5.0L effectively became the only engine available, as the 5.8L carbureted V8 became restricted to fleet sales (particularly police vehicles); in Canada, the 5.8L V8 remained an option through 1991. For 1984, the engine received an OBD-1 compliant Ford EEC-IV computer, raising output to 140 hp (155 hp optional).[1][2]

For 1986, the 5.0L V8 underwent further revision, replacing the throttle-body fuel injection intake with a redesigned multiport "Sequential-Fire" system (distinguished by its large cast-aluminum air intake manifold), raising output to 150 hp.[1] A dual-exhaust system was introduced for 1990 as an option (adding 10 hp).[1]

For 1991, the 150 hp 5.0L V8 remained standard with the 180 hp 5.8L V8 offered for fleet sales (subject to gas-guzzler taxes) and in Canada; the final American-assembled vehicles sold with a carbureted engine, the latter V8 included the Motorcraft 7200 variable-venturi carburetor in use since 1979.[2]


1984 Ford LTD Crown Victoria four-door sedan
1987 Ford LTD Crown Victoria two-door sedan

When introduced for the 1980 model year, the LTD Crown Victoria was offered in two-door sedan and four-door sedan body styles; a five-door station wagon was offered as the wood-paneled LTD Country Squire. The body underwent a minor roofline revision over the 1979 LTD Landau, distinguished by a brushed-aluminum band covering the B-pillars. A half-length vinyl roof was standard; on fleet vehicles (such as police cars), the vinyl roof was a delete option.[1]

For 1981, the sideview mirrors were remounted and relocated rearward. For 1982, Ford phased out FORD lettering on both the grille and trunklid, phasing in the Ford Blue Oval emblem (the grille emblem was offset to the drivers' side).[2] For 1983, the exterior received a revised grille design; the taillamp lenses were also redesigned (distinguished by the deletion of the LTD script).

For 1984, a station wagon without woodgrain paneling was introduced, joining the Country Squire.[3] For four door sedans, a "Brougham" full-length vinyl roof with a more formal roofline profile (including a "frenched" rear window) was introduced as an option.[4]

For 1985, the dashboard underwent multiple updates. The climate and audio controls were redesigned (the latter, to fit a single-DIN slot); the change led to the retirement of the 8-track cassette and CB radio options. In a major functional upgrade, the controls for the horn were relocated from the turn-signal stalk to the steering-wheel hub.[2] As a running change by the end of the model year, a center brake light was added (on the rear parcel shelf of sedans, below the rear window of station wagons).[2] For 1987, Ford standardized an electronic dashboard clock, tinted glass, and air conditioning (the latter remained offered as a delete option on fleet vehicles).[2]

Following the 1987 model year, the two-door LTD Crown Victoria sedan was discontinued (only 5,527 were sold in comparison to 105,789 four-door sedans in 1987, down from 6,291 in 1986[5][6]). Demand for two-door vehicles had shifted towards sportier designs (such as the Thunderbird and the Mustang), leaving the compact Tempo as the only 1988 Ford model line sold as both a two-door and a four-door sedan.

1988 update[edit]

1989 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX
1989 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX, rear

After nine years in the marketplace, the LTD Crown Victoria underwent its first mid-cycle revision for 1988. To (nominally) improve the aerodynamics of the exterior, the front and rear fascias were restyled, rounding the edges of the fenders slightly; while still protruding outward substantially, the bumpers were better integrated within the body. While the roofline and doors were carried over, other changes sought to modernize the design. Coinciding with enlarged taillamps (wrapping into the fenders), the trunklid was changed in shape (with a larger license-plate opening). The grille was lowered in height and widened, integrating the headlamps and turn signal lenses into a single assembly (the Ford Blue Oval emblem was enlarged and centered). The interior underwent a separate revision; the interior received an increase of wood trim (on LX-trim models), redesigned seats, and a more legible speedometer.[2]

For 1990, the model line received further interior updates, necessitated by passive-safety regulations. For the first time since 1979, the dashboard and steering wheel underwent a complete redesign (reversing the placement of the audio and climate controls); a driver-side airbag was introduced as standard equipment (for all versions). To comply with federal safety regulations, three-point seatbelts were added to the outboard rear seats.[2] Ford standardized many previously optional features to streamline production costs and increase the market appeal of the decade-old model line, including power windows and locks, tilt steering, and automatic headlights (AutoLamp); air conditioning was no longer a delete option. To further reduce production costs, the LTD Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis shared a nearly identical interior (with only detail changes distinguishing the two).

For its final year, relatively few changes were made to the LTD Crown Victoria for 1991. Ford changed the parking light lenses in color from amber to clear, last seen on the 1979 base-trim Ford LTD.


1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria S four-door sedan

From 1980 to 1982, Ford marketed the LTD Crown Victoria name as the highest-trim version of the Ford LTD. For 1983, Ford enacted an extensive revision of its full-size and mid-size vehicles, affecting both Ford and Lincoln-Mercury in North America. The Ford brand split the LTD nameplate into two product ranges, with the 1979-1982 full-size LTD renamed the LTD Crown Victoria and the LTD nameplate adopted for its mid-size sedan, replacing the Granada (updated and renamed for 1983).

The standard-trim LTD Crown Victoria was intended for retail markets, coming with the 5.0L V8 engine as standard. In addition to the landau-style vinyl padded roof with targa-style trim and wire wheel covers, the model featured full carpeting, reclining cloth bench seat, and AM/FM radio.

Inheriting the trim range from the 1979-1982 LTD, the LTD Crown Victoria was initially sold in a single trim level, with the previous LTD Crown Victoria repackaged as an Interior Luxury Group option, including upgraded seats, door panels, and upgraded interior features.[7][8] For 1986, the option package was reintroduced as the LTD Crown Victoria LX.[9] Effectively serving as a direct Ford counterpart of the Grand Marquis, the LX offered split-bench seats (cloth or leather), upgraded interior carpet, additional sound insulation and power-operated features, and upgraded stereo systems.[10] The exterior of the LX offered cornering lamps, two-tone paint, and standard aluminum-alloy wheels.

While the model had previously been sold for fleet sales, the S model returned for 1987 as a dedicated fleet-sales model.[2] Sold primarily for police and taxi sales, the S trim was externally distinguished by its vinyl roof delete, steel wheels and partial wheel covers, and the lack of a hood ornament and aluminum B-pillar trim. The interior of S trim vehicles were spartan, including vinyl full bench seats, manual windows/locks, AM radios; features such as AM/FM radios and air conditioning were options. Alongside fleet sales, the S trim was the standard trim of the LTD Crown Victoria station wagon; it is the only version sold directly to the general public (without woodgrain sides; also offered in standard and LX trim).

From 1988 onward, the LTD Crown Victoria was offered in a namesake standard trim, the LX, and the fleet-oriented S trims.       


Station wagon[edit]

See also: Ford Country Squire

1991 Ford LTD Country Squire (woodgrain trim)
1990 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX, rear (non-woodgrain trim)

From 1979 to 1991, a five-door station wagon was offered as part of the LTD/LTD Crown Victoria model line. Offered in equivalent trim as sedans, the flagship version remained the wood-trimmed LTD Country Squire, trimmed nearly identically to the LTD Crown Victoria (and the subsequent LTD Crown Victoria LX). On hiatus for the 1983 model year, a non-woodgrain station wagon returned for 1984 under the LTD Crown Victoria nameplate (the previous LTD station wagon); this version was offered in fleet (S) trim, standard trim, and LX trim.

While smaller than its 1970s predecessor, the LTD Crown Victoria/Country Squire wagon returned many of its functional features. The rear door was dual-hinged, allowing it to function as a tailgate or swing outward; other features included a standard roof rack and optional side-facing rear seats (expanding capacity from six to eight). The fleet-oriented S trim lacked the roof rack and the third-row seating (reducing capacity to six).

From the late 1980s into the early 1990s, consumer demand for family vehicles transitioned from large station wagons to minivans and full-size vans, and to four-door sport-utility vehicles. Within Ford, the role of the model line was largely overtaken by the Ford Aerostar and the Ford Econoline/Club Wagon; the Country Squire also struggled to compete with the newer Ford Taurus station wagon (also sold with optional third-row seating). After the 1991 model year, the station wagon body style was dropped from the model line, as the 1992 Ford Crown Victoria was introduced only as a four-door sedan.

Fleet use[edit]

Marketed primarily for fleet usage, including law enforcement, taxi, and other fleet markets, the LTD Crown Victoria S was base trim of the model line, slotted below the standard trim sold to retail markets (under the production code P72). To lower production costs, a number of convenience features were removed from the S trim, distinguished by its lack of a vinyl roof. Along with most bodyside chrome trim, other exterior and interior trim was decontented, including lower-grade carpeting, a standard AM radio, and single-piece front bench seat.[11]

In the United States, the 5.8L V8 was restricted to fleet sale after 1980 (outside of law enforcement sales, examples were subject to gas-guzzler taxes[11]).

Law enforcement use (Police Package)[edit]

Through its entire production, Ford produced option packages for the LTD Crown Victoria, optimizing it for usage as a police car. Competing against the Chevrolet Impala/Caprice 9C1 and the Dodge Diplomat/Plymouth Gran Fury, the LTD Crown Victoria with the Police Package was upgraded for heavy-duty use, including a reinforced frame, upgraded suspension and brakes, larger wheels and tires, and improved engine cooling.[12] Other changes were made to accommodate police equipment, including heavy-duty interior materials, provisions for additional lights and sirens, and a 140mph speedometer.[12][11][13]

The option package was offered for any sedan trim; while primarily offered on the fleet-oriented S trim, police cars were also offered in the LX trim (including interior carpeting, cloth seats, full wheel covers, and whitewall tires).[12][13] Other options allowed for multiple vehicles to share a common key.[13] The standard engine was the 5.0L V8, with a 5.8L V8 (with up to 180 hp) offered as an option; to avoid "gas guzzler" taxes, customers who ordered the 5.8L engine option were required to prove to the IRS that the vehicle was for law enforcement use.[11]

For the 1992 model year, the option became known as the Ford Crown Victoria P71 (later the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor), with Ford replacing both the 5.0L and 5.8L OHV engines (the latter, its final carbureted engine in North America) with a single 210 hp 4.6L SOHC V8.   


YearProduction Total[14]
1979356,535 (116,913)[a]
1980141,292 (29,687 LTD Crown Victoria)
1981132,363 (50,200 LTD Crown Victoria)
1982128,053 (50,692 LTD Crown Victoria)


  1. ^Production numbers are for predecessor LTD Landau
  2. ^All Ford full-size production numbers after 1983 are grouped by bodystyle (sedan/wagon), not nameplate/trim


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Under the almost commanding cry of Izolda Aslanovna, Ilya ran out of the laundry into the corridor and immediately became somewhat confused. You should have at least set five minutes. He thought, absentmindedly looking around the doors of various rooms.

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Change the sheets, cow, and tidy yourself up. Come on, creature. He slapped the old woman on the bottom, the red print of his hand appeared on her white buttock.

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But it seems to me that Masha will not like it. Masha is still like raw clay. What I tell her, it will be. She is an obedient girl.

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