Nurture Your Inner Grandpa: The World’s Nicest 1986 Ford Crown Vic

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Some people get excited over Vipers and Corvettes and Hellcats. For us, though, a brown, square 1986 Ford Crown Victoria LX has the Want meter pegged to the limit. This 18k mile example just turned up on eBay.

Introduced in 1979, the Panther Crown Vics were dramatically different from the LTDs that came before. Ford made a big deal out of the all-aluminum F-150 losing 700 pounds. The 1979 Crown Vic lost 900, and it was still made out of steel. It also shrank by a foot and a half. Nevertheless, the 1979 to 1991 Crown Victoria eventually became one of the most ubiquitous cars ever built.Crown vic 9

You saw them a lot in public use as cop cars, taxis and utility vehicles, but a whole lot of people bought them privately. People who had gotten their AARP cards in the mail years before, and sold off the Mustang in favor of something more comfortable.

That’s what these cars — and the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car — were all about. They weren’t fast, but the fuel-injected 5.0-liter engine straight out of the Mustang LX was plenty capable of roasting a 15-inch rear tire. In the era just before Infiniti and Lexus were running ads about how quiet their cars were, these cars were nearly silent on the road, but for the occasional sigh of the vacuum-actuated automatic climate control system.

Crown Vic 1This one is an exquisite example, with just 18,000 miles on the odometer, finished in gorgeous Dark Clove Poly (read: BROWN), with a perfect tan interior.

Everything here appears to be reconditioned from original, and it’s been converted to R134a refrigerant.

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Every other fluid and replaceable part looks to have been done, as well:

“This work included but is not limited to new brake master cylinder and calipers, distributor cap, rotor, plugs and wires, oil & filter change, transmission fluid and filter change, rear axle oil change, power steering fluid change, brake fluid flush, air and fuel filters changed, full cooling system flush and fill and a full air conditioning service including conversion to R134a. I’m sure I’m forgetting something – the car barely ran and did not stop when it arrived – and now it does everything as it should.”

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If you’ve ever considered a Crown Vic, this one might be the one to take a look at. It’s located in Augusta, Georgia, and the current bid is at less than $2,000. The Buy-it-Now price is $8,495.


Craig Fitzgerald

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