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The World's Last Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor

Which law enforcement agency purchased the very last CVPI produced by Ford?

June 12, 2012  |  by - Also by this author

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Kansas Highway Patrol equipped 14 historic-themed Ford CVPIs. Photo: KHP
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Kansas Highway Patrol equipped 14 historic-themed Ford CVPIs. Photo: KHP

The venerable Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) may still be the predominant cruiser patrolling America's roads, but only for a short while longer.

In April 2011, Ford stopped taking orders for a patrol sedan it had produced since 1992. Later that year, the final Crown Vics left the assembly line at the factory in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

Ford replaced the CVPI with two new patrol vehicles—the Police Interceptor sedan and Police Interceptor Utility SUV based on the Taurus and Explorer respectively. These vehicles are beginning to arrive for agencies with budgets to purchase them.

However, agencies with less financial flexibility, such as the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Long Beach (Calif.) Police Department, stockpiled CVPIs in their final production year. You may wonder which law enforcement agency purchased the very last CVPI produced by Ford.

The answer may surprise you. The vehicle didn't go to a Michigan agency in the automaker's backyard. And it didn't go to one of the nation's largest police forces in Los Angeles or Chicago. Ford sold its last Crown Vic Police Interceptor to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The vehicle (marked with a partial VIN of 2FBX182368) was among the last batch purchased by the highway patrol, a loyal Ford customer since the vehicle's introduction. This vehicle won't see any road patrol work, the agency's fleet manager told POLICE Magazine.

Instead of hitting the road, the last U.S. production CVPI will head to Troop J in Salina, where the agency runs its training academy and maintains a small museum depicting the history of the agency. The car will be displayed in the museum, as a monument to its prolific past.

Trooper Michael Winner (left) accepts the keys for the last Ford CVPI issued for patrol from Capt. Scott Harrington. Photo: KHP
Trooper Michael Winner (left) accepts the keys for the last Ford CVPI issued for patrol from Capt. Scott Harrington. Photo: KHP

"Since the early 1990s, we've been purchasing the Police Interceptor," said Lt. Josh Kellerman, the highway patrol's fleet manager. "We've used them up until 2011, and it's an important part of our history. To actually have the last one is very special for us."

To celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2012, the agency issued 14 historic-themed Crown Vics to troopers with a historic blue-and-gray color scheme and cherry beacon LED lights instead of a traditional lightbarThe highway patrol has since shifted to white cruisers to improve resale value. 

These historic vehicles will be the final CVPIs to patrol the state's highways. In Kansas, the workhorse patrol car has needed to handle a variety of driving environments and conditions from the rural sections in western Kansas to the stop-and-go driving in Topeka and near Kansas City in the east.

Ford executives confirmed the vehicle was the last vehicle produced for the U.S. market.

The Kansas Highway Patrol's 511 sworn officers each get take-home vehicles. The fleet also includes Dodge Chargers and Chevy Tahoes. Troopers rotate the vehicles, which are driven only 49,500 miles, and then stripped and sold to other agencies including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Alabama DPS' highway patrol division. In 2011, the agency purchased 159 cars and sold 182.

Tags: Ford CVPI, Patrol Cars, Kansas Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Highway Patrol


Comments (31)

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Bob L @ 6/14/2012 2:50 PM

49,500 miles? We keep cars till 200k! Save some tax payer money and run them into the ground.

S. King @ 6/14/2012 2:58 PM

I agree! 49,500 miles? That's a complete waste of department resources. I guess it's no wonder why they got the last one...they're the factory's best customer.

Jack @ 6/14/2012 5:37 PM

When you run them in the ground to 200k miles there is no life.. which means you can't resell them.. Smart departments will sell there fleet about 50k when the vehicles start to have problems and the warranty is out, and still have excellent resell value Departments running vehicles with over 100k miles will start seeing that the money spent on repairs could go to newer more reliable vehicles instead.

FireCop @ 6/15/2012 4:35 AM

Terrible mistake cancelling this car (and the Grand Marquis and Town Car). But Ford will pay heavily for it so you make your bed and you lie in it. Glad to be in my 2010 for another few years. So long Crown Vic PI.

SgtFriday @ 6/15/2012 5:53 AM

Shame to see them go. Not only the police, but taxi's heavily rely on the crown vic. 49k is a bit low. 100k or so is probably when they should be rotated out. Gotta have SAFE cars for what the po po does.

LBC5707 @ 6/15/2012 9:12 AM

49,500! Jeez, we have motorcycles with over twice the miles in our department!

Adrian Stroud @ 6/18/2012 6:29 AM

The Ford Crown Victoria is the greatest Police Car ever. I started out driving a 1979 Ford LTD. I also drove Chevys, Chryslers and Dodges. I think it is a huge mistake to stop making them. The Crown Vic is synonymous with being a cop.

LP @ 6/26/2012 3:44 PM

The program that K.H.P. utilizes serves everyone well. It’s easy to make comments when you have no idea how the program works. These cars are in excellent shape when sold. I have talked with several agencies that have purchased them and have not heard any complaints.

My department has not had any issues with these vehicles; they look and drive like new and are purchased and equipped at a fraction of the cost of a new vehicle.

ArtM @ 6/27/2012 12:27 PM

I agree, Ford Crown Vic was the best.. Size, room inside, keeping the same body style so long helped to keep the fleet look new, just paint and new markings. a department that has several different types of vehicles is asking for a maintance nightmare. Ford did a great job on the Vic., maybe the company will change it's mind on this one.

Steve @ 6/27/2012 1:58 PM

FireCop you might wait a few before castigating Ford. The new interceptors both car and suv are far syperior to the CV. Both these veh have more leg room as well as overall room. These two new Ford products will perform better lomger than the CV. Please don't misunderstand what I'm saying, the CV was a superb veh for Police, but Fords two new offering are a complete home run, fast, responsive and just a plain joy to drive. I am NOT a Ford rep, I'm a former Police Sgt who has a Son now on an Arizona Sheriffs dept and just want those that read this article and the comments by some that these two Fords are Great veh, tghe only other veh I would own if I was a Chief or a Sheriff would be the Tahoe, it is also a great veh.

In ref to replacing at low milage, I agree to a point they could hold on to them a little longer, but as a Former Officer I will tel you those depts that don't trade as offten should be bcause of money only, we must all remember that OUR Officers are in these 10-12 hours a day, they deserve to have the best for their comfort as well as their protection.

OCSO60 @ 6/27/2012 3:49 PM

As a Deputy, my CV wasn't replaced until after 100k. When the new cars came in, the Sr Deputies traded their 100K+ cars for the new vehicles, and the rookies got the old cars.

FireCop @ 6/28/2012 5:07 AM

I'm not seeing any (read, zero, zilch, nothing) Ford Interceptors on the road in the southeast. Maybe where you have snow and need all wheel drive, but not down here. All Chargers, Tahoes and now some Caprices. Too much of a hangover from the earlier Taurus experiment. My 2010 CV PI is a fast, solid, comfortable car and after so many years Ford was really making a winner, both for public safety and civilian use. Not castigating the new vehicles; just a seemingly bad marketing decision. One other note. With the right rear end (civilian and admin use), the Crown Vic got excellent mpg as well. Be safe.

Trigger @ 7/2/2012 5:08 AM

Maybe some stimulus money from China would help

Officer Cartman @ 8/1/2012 8:58 AM

Our Dept. bought ours from SWPS in San Antonio. They have 2009 Ford PI/Crown Vics with 70,000 miles still available with equipment or plain. Our Chief isn't ready to buy a new model & new equipment yet.

Rob @ 8/3/2012 8:09 AM

Ford screwed the pooch with that Taurus based cruiser. If you remember, they already tried that and it failed....BADLY!! My dept bought the Caprice and both Ford vehicles to test. We were not impressed with the Caprice for a variety of reasons. The SUV has just started to make its rounds to be tested by officers so we'll see. The Crown Vic was the best...shame on Ford.

Ken @ 8/27/2012 2:42 PM

The Crown Victoria was THE police vehicle, and in various trims options, THE fleet, taxi, and limo option.

Rear wheel drive, safety, reliability, lots of room, ease of repair, and on top of all this, a great car to drive under any circumstances.

Nothing will replace this classic. After so many years of development, it truly arrived as the professional driver's workhorse.

I would go so far as to say it is one of the finest cars ever built, and that is from the experience of many miles driven, beginning with a 1979 model, and also experience in repairing them.

RIP CVPI.

Gene PANTANO @ 12/2/2012 8:38 AM

49,000 is about right for re-selling them for a Department..You get the best price at that mileage.. I had my first Crown Vic in 1956..and am still driving a 1958 Crown Vic as well as a 2006 Crown Vic P71..
There will never be a Better Patrol vehicle - and high speed pursuit vehicle - than a CROWN VIC... Sure will hate to see them go..I was Chief of a Small Unit in CA and in Washington State many moons back for Uncle Sam..God Bless the P71

BH @ 12/3/2012 4:46 PM

KHP auctions their cars at this mileage because its the optimal age/mileage combo for resale so they can keep a fresh fleet in a cost effective manner. They used to auction at 70,000 but they got hugely better resale with the lower mileage. Remember too, that most state agencies don't have spare cars to drive when a trooper's car is down for extended maintenance, etc. They need to keep their cars on the road, and Kansas is a predominately rural state with troopers spread thin.

Think of it as "riding the equity". You pay cash for the first car, and while it depreciates, as all cars do, you find the sweet spot where you can get the most resale for it and still get sufficient use out of it. Thats what KHP did. Kansas is not a wealthy state, so the plan had to pass muster with the bean counters.

Driving the cars till they fall apart is costly in the long run and dangerous. Some agencies place more value on their vehicles than others, and a lot of agencies just don't have the cash to buy new cars. Cars like the ex-KHP cars serve a valuable role for these agencies.

I started my career 35 years ago in an ex-KHP Dodge. later when I went to a large, urban department, I realized just what it was like to drive junk with bald tires, and 200K on the clock. That old KHP car didnt seem so bad in comparison.

Anyway, the point is there is a "method to their madness" about auctioning the cars at that mileage.

steve jones @ 12/15/2012 6:23 PM

love them crown vics maybe the only one better was 68 through 77 monterey interceptors . power by ford!

DriverX @ 1/1/2013 2:55 PM

Long Live the P71/72 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor! I've driven these cars as department vehicles and I've owned several retired CVPI's and still have a former unmarked MPDC P72 powered by the 351 motor with around 180K on the counter.

I wonder if Ford had retained the Name Crown Victoria instead of using Taurus name plate would we have known any better?

If they would have kept the "Taurus/CV" rear wheel drive and offered different gearing packages in the rear end... Four choices would have been nice A: High Fuel Mileage. B: High Top Speed "Highway Interceptor". and C: Fast 0-60 - Lower top end "Urban pursuit Special" designed for rapid acceleration. The D: AWD "Rural Patrol" A four wheel / all wheel drive model with extra tall suspension... A Car for all agencies and all purposes...

FORD, Please take the hint! Bring Back the Crown Victoria / LTD police Interceptor (and Offer the Four options, PLEASE)

nick @ 2/21/2013 4:20 PM

thats why ford didn,t go under like the other company like G.M It was Crown vic P.I was making the cash. sorry Ford you going paid for your mistake remeber what happen to G.M WHEN THEY DROP THE 1996 CAprices 9c1 SO ANY NEWS YET when the C.V. coming back.we are waiting Ford you better learn to listen again

kennybop @ 2/25/2013 12:32 PM

the 95 and 96 caprice 9 C1 with 260. h,p. and 330 lbs of torque was the finest copo car out there until now.
Ford had nothing on the 9 C 1....... period..................

steve @ 8/19/2013 12:15 PM

Just like anything else in this world .. Mess with success.

robert reilly @ 9/24/2013 8:28 PM

Ford built a Police car like no other in the world ....sold them all over the world and stops making them. sorry Ford it was not one of your better moves.

jeff melone @ 10/6/2013 8:22 AM

I would've loved to see a 5.0 crown vic and possibly a 5.4sc crown vic but no. I wonder if itll be like the 02 camaro and come back with a vengence.

Capt.Dave @ 10/22/2013 5:51 PM

I had a 2003 Interceptor as a pov with 186,000 on it.Even though it ran ran a sowing machine,I sold it to get the last Interceptor(Crown VIc)in 2011.Absolutely the best and safest LE car made.Ford may have "a better idea"but they made a BIG mistake!!!

Phil @ 5/13/2014 8:14 PM

I bought my 2011 CVPI back in nov 2011 never in police use. It sits here in my garage with only 6000 miles on it.

Riley @ 6/12/2014 4:01 AM

I have a stock 4.6 crown vic , first and best car ive ever owned, 2004 with 38,000 on it , i think ford could of made a better decision

AlleyG @ 6/12/2014 11:05 AM

We recently picked up a used 2004 CVPI with only 9,800 miles on the clock! It was a former Federal car.

I like the 2004 best, as it was the first year with the 80mm MAF and larger intake tube, and the last year before they changed to drive by wire throttle.

Absolutely love the car!

Sal sanfilippo @ 10/9/2014 3:10 PM

The ford crown. Vic is. Probably the best police cruiser ever built. Wonder what they will use in its place

philip @ 11/1/2014 1:53 PM

I own a 2006 ford crown vic p71 and it has 125000 miles in it and the power'
this car has is amazing and i love the overdrive after 40 miles very good
on the highway

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