Also known as the ‘Crown Vic’ for the brand’s followers, the Ford Crown Victoria was introduced in the market in the year 1992 and continued to wow consumers until 2012. This model is a full-size sedan that boasts of a rear-wheel drive feature, major power train, suspension components, and had the same platform as Ford’s Panther model.
1955 to 1956: Crown’s initial production
It was in 1955 when the Crown Victoria first appeared as a two-door car that could comfortably seat six persons with ample leg room inside. It was totally different from the original Victoria model, which came in the form of a carriage. The model was named as such because it had a stainless steel band on the roofline that looked like a crown for the car.
1979 to 1980: The LTD Crown Victoria
This time, Ford released a smaller version of the Crown Victoria, which carried the ‘LTD’ prefix on its name. Although shorter than its 1978 version and the LTD II, the Crown Victoria had improved road performance and was much easier to maneuver as compared to the previous designs. It also came with a highly-improved ride quality and fuel economy, which appealed to consumers.
1983 to 1991: A totally new Crown Vic
Come the 1980s, the Crown Victoria underwent a series of changes that gradually set the model apart from its predecessors. After constantly being associated to previous Ford car models in its earlier years, the Crown Victoria started gaining its own following due to the enhancements it had as this new generation progressed. During this time, Ford introduced the central fuel injection feature on the model, which was later on replaced by the sequential electronic fuel injection. Before the end of the decade, Ford also ended the production of two-door Crown Victoria units and paved the way for the release of four-door sedans along with vast improvements such as the aerodynamics, power windows, door panels, revised steering columns, and the all-new dashboard among others.
1992 to 1997: First generation
This time, the Crown Victoria nixed the LTD prefix and went through a design overhaul that marked the rounder roofline, more contemporary trims, and also saw the introduction of the V8 engine. The manufacturers also lessened the coefficient drag of the vehicle, which meant that it could run faster than the previous versions of the model.
Halfway through the decade, Ford released new trims for the Crown Victoria for the 1996 model year: the base trim and LX. It was also around this time when a new set of grille, dash, and tail lights were introduced for the model, paving the way for Ford’s dominance in the market.
1998 to 2011: Second generation
In this final generation of the Crown Victoria, the car veered away from the first generation’s design and followed the overall look of the Mercury Grand Marquis. The only things that separate Crown Vic from the Marquis are the larger headlights, rectangular grille, different bumpers, and a new steering wheel.
By 1999, the Crown Victoria had three additional exterior colors and a standard ABS brakes. In 2000, it was equipped with child seat anchor brackets, and an emergency trunk release system. In 2001, it had adjustable pedals for an improved engine output.
In the last few years, though, the Crown Vic failed to make a huge impact in the market. This was also due to the decrease in demands all over the world, forcing Ford to decide on the discontinuation of the model’s production with finality.