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Class of ’85: Ford LTD Crown Victoria

Posted December 09, 2010 8:30 AM by dstrohl

During the 1980s and 1990s, it seemed that by the time you passed retirement age, Ford simply gave you an LTD Crown Victoria. The elderly of those decades weren't like the elderly of today, out buying Honda Elements and Scion xBs; noooo, the favored chariot of the blue-haired, Bermuda-shorts-and-black-socks crowd of yesteryear was Ford's full-size rear-driver. Add in the fact that cops and taxi operators loved it like a fat kid loves cake, and you had these Crown Vics quite literally on every street corner.

But, 25 years later, does that ubiquity translate into collectibility? On the plus side, nobody was whining about the age of the Panther platform because it was still rather fresh, just six years old. In an age of unibody four-cylinder front-drivers becoming commonplace, the Crown Vic stuck to the tried and true (as well as simple and inexpensive to repair) body-on-frame construction with a V-8 and rear-wheel drive. Parts are going to be readily available, and by upgrading to cop/taxi chassis and drivetrain components, you'd have a fairly bulletproof and cushy cruiser.

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Re: Class of ’85: Ford LTD Crown Victoria

12/10/2010 8:42 AM

The LTD's were fine automobiles for their purpose. In new trim with updated engines and transmissions they would still be fine today. Ford came out with the Edge and other platforms which in my opinion offred better ultility than the LTD's. Just as they reformed the Taurus they will likley reform the LTD sometime in the future. My current vehicle is a Mitsubishi Endeavour and I am satisfied with it. The Ford Edge is a better vehicle and it is all american. It will be the next vehicle I buy.

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