Skip to comments.Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls off the line
Posted on 09/15/2011 7:54:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The last Ford Crown Victoria rolled off a Canadian assembly line Thursday, marking the end of the big, heavy Ford cars that have been popular with taxi fleets and police departments for decades.
Since 1979, almost 10 million Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars so-called Panther Platform vehicles have been sold.
Demand for better fuel economy and performance has choked off sales over the years. The Crown Victoria and Town Car get just 24 miles per gallon on the highway, a figure matched by some large three-row SUVs today.
The Crown Victoria and its cousins have been popular with fleet users because of their roominess, legendary ruggedness and relative simplicity. Most cars today are built with so-called unibody engineering in which the body sides and roof play a role in keeping the body rigid. The Panther Platform vehicles were engineered with an old-fashioned body-on-frame design that's mostly used by pickup trucks today because, while heavier, it's better able to bounce back from heavy, punishing use. "You couldn't kill it no matter what you did to it," Ford spokesman Octavio Navarro said of the Crown Victoria. For some fleet buyers there's no obvious replacement for these rugged cars.
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Inevitable, I suppose, but still kind of a shame. I always liked the Crown Vic. My dad owned a couple in his day. Great car to just eat up the miles on a long highway trip.
Hmm...wonder what cops will drive now....
Indeed. ‘Tis the end of an era.
Are we to drive from Dallas to Port Aransas in a Volt?
I can’t believe I won’t even be able to buy anything close to a Town Car.
They compare SUV and big-car (ha ha - ‘79 is when they were last truly big; these are medium cars to real afficianados) mpg but fail to mention the big difference. SUVs tend to be either/or; big cars - truly big - could carry a full load of passengers AND luggage, out of the weather. SUVs can carry alot of people but then, no luggage.
I was hoping maybe my next car would be a Crown Vic or so; I hope there is another car somewhat like it.
Government Motors Volts...
Taxi car drivers weep
Same crap everyone else will drive.
Good for government - at all levels - to have to use what they’re forcing on the rest of us.
Chaergers or Tahoes in this area.
Again. See Checker.
Crown Vics will still be around a long time. They will continue to make replacement parts for them, just like they make replacement parts for many newer, popular, late models.
That is what I was thinking when I saw the post.
The best cars we ever drove were Crown Vics and Lincoln Town Cars......that’s when the kids were growing up and the vacation trips were great in those cars. Now that we’re old (hehee) we’ve moved on to Toyota Avalons.
Hmmmmmm...Better go back a bit further then that!
Crown-Vics are good machines.
I have seen a few Chargers in my area, but most Police still drive Crown Vics. If they have a SUV it is usually a Explorer or a Expedition.
Better mileage? Show me a car that can carry 4 adults comfortably, and haul stuff in the huge trunk, and still get that. My folks came to visit, brought my grandma, and a trunk full of luggage and gifts for the kiddies, and got 25 mpg running at 75 MPH most of the time. My Santa Fe, with a four-cylinder, won’t even do that (two adults, two kids, and loaded full going 75 MPH).
They were referring to Panther Platform Crown Vics.
Hmmmmmm...Better go back a bit further than that
Yes, and it shall be mine in 6 years or so.
The taxi’s are all becoming Prius’s in my hood!
My ‘88 Crown Vic got 30 MPG and had 257 thousand miles when I sold it.
My ‘88 Crown Vic got 30 MPG and had 257 thousand miles when I sold it.
Ah yes, the Road Warrior! Hubby had a Crown Vic, then a Mercury Marquis about 15 years ago. Both our older sons learned to drive in them, and loved them! They were like tanks!
Not too long ago, I pulled out an old VCR tape of some shows I had taped back in the late 1990’s, early 2000’s. There are different automobile commercials on them.
It was a bit heartwrenching and depressing. They spoke of the pride of having cars with power and how they symbolized freedom. It’s not what we see nowadays. I see older muscle cars restored, still cherry, with engines that still have that deep rumble, and think how the little boxes on wheels today are built practically honor Gaia.
Dear God, I really hate what’s happening to our nation.
The U.S. version of Top Gear recently had a "$500 car challenge" wherein each of the three guys had to go find a car and buy it for no more than that amount, then compete in various ways - including a 500-mile drive. I forget what the other two cars were (one might've been an older Mercedes), but the ex-taxi Crown Vic was the winner (and only competitor to make it all the way to the finish line). It had over 400K miles on the clock.
I'd like to see a Prius match that.
Now you have the Chrysler Charger......RWD and big.
The Ford Taurus. But, cops will be driving the Aussie derived Ford semi-Taurus with engine alternatives.
The GM alternative is a Holden Australia based Impala impersonator. Not the same as the next Impala from G.M.
It’s a shame.
Crown Vics were always so recognizable...
in your rear view mirror.
Agreed. I miss the Mercury Cougar :(
“At the sign of the cat.”
I looked at Ford website, nothing on Crown Vics. Also no dealer has them for sale new, from what I can see.
I love my Crown Vic and I take good care of it.
Our local cops around here are running the new Chevy Imps and the Tahoe/Yukons. They have one Crown Vic left. Sheriffs are all Imps and Tahoe/Yukons. Troopers are still all Crown Vics and Tahoe/Yukons (2WD).
If you want a large wide gas-guzzling vehicle with interior room from days of yore, then go test drive an F-250 Crew Cab. I swear you will fall in love all over again.
Today is a black armband kind of day. I have the tarted-up Mercury equivalent, the Grand Marquis; it’s 12 years old now, but I will hold onto it until it dies (in other words, so long as I keep the road salt off of it, I’ll probably be bequeathing it to my kids when I die). There is nothing like the Crown Vic, and I doubt if there will be again for many, many, many years.
I thought they took them off the line a few years ago?
Not nearly enough room for all the new big brother shit in a Charger cabin.
I can tell you what my department did. We went to the Chevrolet Impala. Has to be the worst police vehicle ever. A front wheel drive no room in the back seat piece of bull dung. I had one for two years and hated every minute of it. There’s only one police vehicle and it’s the Crown Vic.
So 80,000 units isn't worth the effort? Downsize the factory why don'tcha? Or is this really 80,000 vehicles @ 24 mpg wreak havoc with Ford's CAFE requirement?
This does suck!
Oh well, they’ll be as collectible as the ‘96 F series truck, which are just as indestructible.
If we ever go MadMax, those are the only two vehicles we’ll need.
Grab ‘em now.
It's the perfect car for a young driver.
When he parts with it I'm thinking of taking it back and giving it a complete refurb (don't tell my wife!)
You know, I have never been a Chevy guy, but I’ve got to hand it to the Caprice. Those bastards run like they stole YOU and are easy as pie to work on (except the computer).
Lightweight and extremely sensitive handling. They do fishtail a bit, though.
I think 2007 was the last year they made the Crown Vic.
I was going to do the Bluesmobile spiel...but that was a Dodge.
According to wikipedia, they did (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Crown_Victoria), for the general public in the U.S. They killed consumer sales in Canada in 2000, and only had police fleet sales there. They were only available as fleet vehicles from about 2008 on in the U.S. So, no wonder sales were down. Purposely limit your sales, then complain sales are down, then end production.
The last Crown Vic is headed to Saudi Arabia.
I love them so much that I looked around until I found a 2005 Excusion with the same 6.0 Powerstroke Diesel, because it was not only the best year for the Excusion, but sadly the last.
We have been all over the mountains from Colorado to Montana, and she flies up, over and around, even pulling a 16-ft. trailer full of ATV's or our 36 ft. camper.
Take out the third row seating and throw in a double sized matress and some pillow, and the rider gets to stretch full out and sleep while the driver takes over. We still have 4 captain's chairs in the front 2 rows.
But I think 2010 plus/minus a few years will be seen as another golden age of muscle cars. There was never a time with so many relatively affordable cars rated at 400+ NET hp. Not only more power but they burn far less fuel, corner much better, stop on a dime, start easily in the winter, the exhaust wont stink up the block and most will go past 100k miles with no major problems.
The high end cars are even more incredible. Sub 4-second 0-60 times, top speeds close to 200mph and cornering at nearly 1g. All found in cars straight from the showroom.
Yes, the cars of today have a different character but the performance blows the original muscle cars out of the water.