Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #83

I know, I know; I missed last week. Sorry about that. I think, deep down, I was trying to avoid getting further into the 1980s. I lived that time period. It was not the zenith of America car design...

1983 Ford LTD Crown Victoria. While the LTD had been around since 1965, the LTD Crown Victoria (often abbreviated to simply the "Vic") defined the police car from the 1980s. While the Plymouth Fury set the stage for the 1970s cruisers, the Vic - and the Chevy Caprice - was one car you didn't want to see in your rear view mirror while cruising around town.

The "Vic" and its sister sibling the Mercury Grand Marquis lasted in one guise or another until 2012, when FoMoCo finally pulled the plug on the full-size, rear wheel drive beast. For the better part of 60 years, some form had existed - the Fairlane of the 1950s to the LTD of the 1960s and 1970s, then the LTD through the 1980s, and the Crown Vic through 2012. GM killed the rear-drive sedan a year before the Vic with the demise of the Cadillac DTS, leaving the Chrysler 300 as the only full-size, RWD American car.

For a guy who came of age in the 1970s and the land yachts, and got his license in the 1980s, the loss of the full-size luxobarge was a tough hit...

That is all.


Anonymous said...


The 1985 Dodge Diplomat I owned was ex-police. 302 double barrelled with a burned out limiter chip.

got 11 MPG. Downhill. Coasting. With the engine off.

Dang I miss that land yacht.

Joseph in IL

Old NFO said...

You could put a family of 5 in one, WITH luggage and have room left over... sigh

Exurbankevin said...

You could fit a family of five and their luggage into the trunk on that bad boy.

Ian Argent said...

Great car for a learning driver. They'd never be able to speed for all the people who suddenly remembered the speed limit when they saw that grill.