Friday, April 01, 2005

Crown Victoria

I love the Crown Victoria, always have, since the name was first used in the 1950's to it's resurrection as a trim level on the LTD in the mid 1980's and finally as the replacement for the LTD in the early 1990's. My parents drove to their honeymoon in a 1957 Crown Victoria and the pictures show the ornate chrome side trim and two tone paint job. I had a 1992 Crown Victoria in dark blue, with every option except moonroof. The chassis that the current model sits on dates back to 1979 and while very sturdy and comfortable, could none the less use a complete redesign. My brother and I were discussing rumors that he had heard of Ford replacing the current Crown Victoria with the Australian Ford Falcon. If you are not familiar with this car, please visit The Australian Ford Falcon began as a reworked version of the American car from the 60's and early 70's, but while our Falcon was replaced by the Maverick and Torino lines, the Ausies redesigned and refined the car until it finally evolved into not one car, but a line of cars. They have V-8 supercars and turbo charged inline 6 cylinder sports sedans as well as station wagons and Ute's, Australian versions of the old Ranchero or El Camino style of truck based on car chassis. The Ausies came up with that idea first, with examples dating back to the 1930's. If Pontiac can take the Holden Monaro and rebadge it as a GTO, why can't ford take this modern handsome car and bring it here? Issues such as exploding gas tanks would disappear and all of the development work has already been done. The current top of the line Falcon uses a version of the Romeo 5.4 V-8, so federalizing these cars would not be a problem.

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