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(sirens wailing) – Holy crap! Whew, whew, whew, whew. (car screeching) Book ’em Danno. Americans have seen them everywhere. And in the last 30 years or so, the impression it leaves has shifted from authority and the
fear of getting tickets, to outright fun and nostalgia. It used to patrol the streets, but now it tears up everything
from asphalt to off-road. This is everything you need to know to get up to speed on the Ford Crown Vic. (sirens wailing) Ugh! (computerized music) The iconic Ford Crown Victoria may be the most unremarkable looking car to ever come out of Detroit,
but it wasn’t always. The first car to bear the name was the 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria. The design of the first Crown Vic was an interpretation of
the Victoria Carriage. And it looked good. It was two colors, had a
(censor beeps) ton of chrome, cool flares, and forward
leaning headlights. It was everything a car
should have been in 1955. But it wouldn’t be for another 25 years that the Crown Vic would reemerge. Tick, tick, tick, tick,
tick, tick, tick, tick, ding. It’s 1980. Disco’s dead, baby.

An actor is in the White House, and Ford is struggling
to distinguish themselves from GM competitors in a sea of domestic executive class cars. Ford CEO Philip Caldwell
calls up then president Donald Petersen, and he’s like, "Don, what are these GM guys doing?" "They’re naming their
cars after carriages." "What?" "Cadillac and Oldsmobile
are calling ’em broughams, and they’re selling
like friggin hotcakes." "My god, man, that’s it." and so the Crown Victoria name
was brought out of retirement to grace the reborn
Ford LTD Sedan in 1981. First as a super long two door, and then as the four door
we all know and love. This Crown Victoria had a
top speed of maybe 100 miles an hour, and could go zero
to 60 in 13.5 seconds. Hey, it wasn’t powerful. It wasn’t sleek, but it sold.

It was rear wheel drive,
and used the body design from which the Crown Vic
would become so beloved. The panther platform.

(drawing swords) Ah, yes. What is the panther platform? Well, I’m glad you asked. You’re cute. The panther platform used body on frame construction with live
rear axle suspension. It was pretty common in 1980,
but today that kind of stuff, you’ll only find on trucks. The body on frame design
meant repairs were cheaper. And the parts were plentiful. That made the Ford Crown
Vic LTD ideal for fleet cars like taxi’s, police cars. And while GM’s competing platform, the C Body began phasing
out by the mid 80s, the LTD Crown Victoria remained a panther perched behemoth squarely
through the decade. Then in 1990, five years before
Post Malone was even born. There was a little shake up at Ford. (old fashioned piano music) Pff, eww. The guys who were in charge
when the LTD Crown Vic was launched were on their way
out for undisclosed reasons. Anyway! Declining sales made it clear that boxy square road
boats were on the outs. New CEO Arthur Poling was
chatting with new president, Philip Benton, about what to
do with the LTD Crown Victoria. "Phil, baby, we gotta get rid of this "big rear wheel drive box.

" "Now Art, hear me out. "Nobody’s making executive
class body on frame "rear wheel drive cars but us and Chevy." "Bubbie, sweetheart, that’s my point.

" "Well, what if we make it sleek." "Sleek, huh, I love it, make it so, babe" So Ford redesigned the Crown Vic, dropping it’s friction
coefficient from .42 to . That’s like me with a
beard, versus clean shaven. It had a more sleek front
end without a grill. Unlike Post Malone. A curved roof and tapered rear. It still took advantage
of the panther platform, and it added a more powerful
4.6 liter V8 with overhead cam. That made 210 horsepower when
fitted with dual exhaust. It’s main competition
however, the Caprice Classic took top billing that
year from garner motor- (scary sound) garnering Motor Trends
car of the year award. While police departments
still preferred the Caprice, it looked weird. Weird enough that the Crown
Victoria began to outsell it. Ford was cementing itself as
the prime choice for dudes with families who wanted
super long rear wheel drive V8 four doors with three in
the front seating capacity. And yes, they sold a ton
of them as fleet vehicles. People love them as fleet vehicles, because of that sweet,
sweet panther platform. (drawing swords) Then in 1996 Chevy made a
decision that would forever cement the Crown Vic as the cop
car to end all cop cars. They discontinued their Caprice Classic. And Ford was like, "That’s tight!" Mercury Grand Marquis,
the Lincoln Town Car, and the Crown Victoria
were now the only option in the boat size rear wheel drive body on frame American made executive class. And this gave Ford the exclusive
monopoly on fleet cars. – Never slow down with a Crown Vic. – The Crown Vic was
dramatically restyled for 1998. By adopting the roof that was previously only used for the better
selling Mercury Grand Marquis. This is the Crown Vic
that we all know and love, or know and hate, because it’s pulled over
it’s fair share of drivers. This second generation
Crown Vic has rounded lines, a cute little bubble top,
and classy grill in front. Just like Post Malone. And of course the body on
frame panther platform. (drawing swords) Powertrains were revised
to make more power, and the rear suspension was
tweaked to improve handling. When you look at it there’s really nothing too remarkable about it. It just looks like a car. But that’s part of what made
people start to like them. Around this time if you wanted a big car you had to get an SUV. Other than that cars were getting smaller. A lot of the dudes buying these big old cars were raised
on the cars of the 60s, and they wanted the massive
rear-wheel drive cruisers that they admired growing up. But they also had more money than they did when they were kids. Obviously, that’s how grown ups work. So for as many of the Crown Vic’s that are on the road today,
most of the panther platforms were being sold as
Mercury’s Grand Marquis. – [Officer] Mind stepping
out of the Grand Marquis sir? – [Driver] Is there a problem officer? – No, I just want to take it for a spin. – The Grand Marquis had
pretty much the same guts under the hood, but it
had a more stylish grill, leather interior, and all
the remote access crap that was a big deal in the early aughts. So in 2002 the boys at
Ford, Lincoln, Mercury got on a call together. And they were all, "Yo dudes, all the old people
are buying our big cars." "But how can we get 25 to 35
year olds to buy our cars?" "Dude, just thing about what
you liked when you were 25." "Um, super heavy cars with big motors "that could maybe make
300 horsepower tops?" "Count me in." "Yeah, great idea." "We’re so excited!" "Have you heard that song Soldier Boy? "Wooo." So they took the Crown Vic,
gave it a sportier suspension, a redesigned intake, a
center mounted shifter, and some pretty bad ass trim. I know a thing or two about bad ass trim. ("Careless Whisper" by George Michael) Then they resurrected a moniker that hadn’t been used since 1970. The Mercury Marauder. And look at it, it looks bad ass. And thanks to that intake
it’s tuned to 302 horsepower. And some claim they can even get 330. Wooooo. But remember they did this to get 25 year olds into their cars. I’m serious that was their plan. And it didn’t do that. The only 25 year old I know who would want a Mercury
Marauder is Nolan. And Nolan drinks glasses of milk. (imitating a wookie) Mercury sold almost 12,000 Marauders. Mostly to 50 year old dudes. While the Grand Marquis
happily sold almost 175,000. If the Grand Marquis so
thoroughly outsold the Crown Vic, why are there so many Crown Vic’s still charging down America’s highways? Fleet sales my man. Fleet sales accounted for over
90% of the Crown Vic’s sold. 90 percent. And once they started going
on sale at police auctions, savvy car fans started
falling in love with them. There’s no shortage of parts,
the engine is big and robust, and the engine bay is a enormous. Crown Vic’s are begging
to be tinkered with. You can turbo or supercharge
them really easily, or do both. (speeding car engine) Unfortunately when you
cruise up behind someone for whatever reason, they
don’t get get out of your way. They just slow down to the speed limit. It’s really annoying. On September 15, 2011, the final Ford Crown Victoria
rolled off the assembly line. Destined for export to Saudi Arabia. An appropriate ambassador of bygone American style of automobile. It was built on a platform
that lasted over 30 years. The longest in American car history. Even the fact that they kept
making it after people stopped buying it is an embodiment of
American automotive tradition. It may be the most American car ever. (speeding car engine) We release a site just
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