In 1992 the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor also known as the CVPI, P71 and Crown Vic replaced the police package Ford LTD Crown Victoria which had been available to Law enforcement agencies since 1983.
Like it’s LTD Crown Vic predecessor the new model was built with a cheap and easy to maintain separate body and chassis and a 251 hp V8 driving the rear wheels which provided handling characteristics preferred by law enforcement agencies over front wheel drive vehicles.
First generation CVPI’s were built between 1992 and 1997 by which time the CVPI’s closest rival the Chevrolet Caprice was discontinued to be replaced by front wheel drive models.
Despite it’s virtual monopoly on frame over body vehicles Ford introduced an upgraded second generation CVPI with slightly more conservative less rounded styling, in line with it’s other Crown Victoria models in 1997.
It was not until 1999 that the Police Interceptor badge replaced the Crown Victoria badge on the boot / trunk lid.
For 2001 Interceptors, including today’s featured 2001 example seen at Classics at the Castle in Sherborne, were given Power Adjustable Pedals to more easily accommodate height diversity among Law Enforcement officers using these vehicles. The CVPI model was discontinued in 2010 as was the regular Crown Victoria.
This particular CVPI belongs to RRElite Ltd and is used for weddings, special occasions and Film work. It comes with a chauffeur in full replica LAPD police uniform who will arrest the bride and deliver her safely to the Church on time.
Thanks for joining me on this “Power Adjustable Pedals” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at Some of the Ferrari’s that were on display at the recent Autosport International. Don’t forget to come back now.