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The last Crown Vic cop car is retired from service

The last hurrah for one of the great American icons

The modern version of the Crown Vic was introduced in 1980 and by the time the second generation model came along in the late 1990s, Ford had already sold around 1,5 million units. The second gen Crown Vic, the one we're all familiar with, has been utilized by armed force across the United States since its unveil in 1997 but Crown Vics have been gradually retired from service because Ford discontinued production in 2012. Unfortunately we've now come to the end of the road for this car because the California Highway Patrol has just retired its final Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

The California Highway Patrol has been using them since the 1980s and for a relatively long period, from 1996 to 2012, the Crown Vic was actually the only vehicle they used. Then, when production came to an end a little over eight years ago, the CHP began using Ford Explorer Police Interceptors and Dodge Charger Pursuit cars.

The CHP took to its official Facebook and Twitter accounts to share the sad news. "Today at 5PM the California Highway Patrol will be officially retiring the iconic Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor,” the CHP wrote in a Tweet, “HP ‘Crown Vics’ have been patrolling California’s roadways since 1984. Thank you for assisting the California Highway Patrol in providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.”

Putting the Dodge Charger aside for a moment, which is essentially a high-performance vehicle, it's clear that the CHP is simply doing what the rest of the market is doing: they've replaced a sedan with an SUV. Are we surprised?

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Comments (28)

  • Oh. This is in California. The title confused me. A lot of Sheriff’s departments still use Crown Vics.

      25 days ago
  • Saw one of these fairly recently in the UK. Totally underestimated how big the damn things are - literally like an S-Class, whereas I assumed it was a mid-sized car.

      25 days ago
  • California must be the center of the universe. I know for a fact my local police force in Hamilton Ontario, Canada, are still using a few Police Interceptor Crown Vics.

      16 days ago
    • They usually only sit on the Red Hill to enforce the ridiculous low speed limit;)

        8 days ago
  • The CHP needs to get a fleet of Dodge Monacos.

      25 days ago
  • I was hoping they keep using the Crown Vics till 2035.

      8 days ago