At this point, the only Crown Victorias still being made are police cars, which isn’t the most ignoble end to a line of vehicles that stretches back to the dawn of man. Remember 2001: A Space Odyssey? How the monkey throws the bone into the air? Well, you don’t see it in the movie because of a quick cut, but it lands on an early Panther-platform LTD Crown Vic. So it’s finally shuffling off this mortal coil?, you say. Yup, looks like the expiration date is sometime between now and 2011. So what’s a cop gonna do?
There’s always the Carbon Motors E7, but who knows when that will be available. Speculation is rampant that Ford will introduce a cop version of the Taurus to completely replace the Crown Victoria, but something tells us that the traditional rear-wheel drive of the police Dodge Charger will prove to be more appealing. Will Ford lose their current near-monopoly on police vehicles with such a move? It’s not impossible, and Chrysler would probably appreciate the boost. It’ll all get very interesting when the E7 hits the market, so stay tuned!