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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1955 Ford Crown Victoria The Crown Victoria name first appeared in the Ford line-up in the 1955 model year as a high-fashion version of the Fairlane. Existing as a two-door coupe for 1955 and 1956, 24 years would pass before the Crown Victoria rejoined the Ford line-up. For consignment a 1955 Crown Victoria with all the right stuff. Two tone black and white CHECK! Swoop Spear...CHECK! Chromed Basket Handle roof...CHECK! Continental rear bumper...CHECK! Overall, very nice condition...OH YEAH! Exterior From the side view this car appears to be moving forward even as it stands completely still! With its wide trimmed stainless window surrounds with a basket handle B pillar, to the gently curved rear rounded over glass, and the swoop spear with black on top. White on the sides and trunk and hood, and more black below its as classic as a black and white checkered floor. Straight steel rust free panels cover the exterior, and the overall design makes heavy use of the polished chrome trimmings throughout. Even the headlight visors are nicely chromed along with the rockers, covering to the rear bumper mounted spare tire, and wheel coverings. Round jet age ushering in taillights have small fiend V toppers for backup lighting, and of course edged in chrome. Wide whites on all 4 corners and dual chrome tipped exhaust peeking out from under the back, and we are in cruiser nirvana. Interior More of the two toned black and white inside for the door panels peppered with stainless and chrome trimmings and handles lead the way for us to enter this original dash top and front instrument panel. The top is black, and the front is white, and there is a lineup of round gauges, and radio as well as sliders to steering wheel right. Speaking of which...is original bakelite in white, and has a chromed center half ring for the horn and center cap. Black tuck and roll inserts are completely surrounded by smooth white bolsters on all the seats which are a split front bench and a full rear bench complete with fold down armrest. All this floats in a black sea of clean carpeting. Above is a nice and tight headliner in white and is completed with the chromed wide basket handle for the B pillar inside as well as outside. Drivetrain Under the hood is a restored 272ci V8. It has a nicely red painted block, and Ford badged valve covers. On back is a 3-speed transmission and overall it is a nicely appearing engine in an original engine bay. Undercarriage A fairly heavy coating of rustproofing especially on the rear portion of this car, but it seems to be solid with the heavy coating not hiding any nefarious problems. Independent coil springs are on front, and leaf springs for the back suspension, and drum brakes are all around. All other surfaces (floorpans, toe kicks, rockers) are coated in rustproofing but it is a lighter coating. Drive-Ability A pleasant test cruise through town which turned heads, and attracted all kinds of attention. Youd think the locals would become accustomed to our flaunting of these old classics on main street, but each time its like the first classic theyve seen in forever! All was working very well with a smooth ride, good braking, and nice handling. I noticed the turn signal does not shut itself off, and the radio was in op. An overall good condition high end trimmed Crown Victoria from the blue oval and right out of 1955, the first year for this trim package. Nice black and white paint scheme and interior, and the round gauges and instruments are a nice feature seldom used for radios and temp sliders on the inside. VIN DECODE U5NW122653 U-272ci V8 2bbl 162hp 5-1955 N-Norfolk, VA Assy Plant W-Crown Victoria 2 Door Hardtop 122653-Sequential Unit Number WARRANTY TAG BODY 64A-Crown Victoria Solid Roof COLOR E-Snowshoe White TRIM ATD1-White Vinyl, Black Broadcloth PRODUCTION 21A235031A-January 21st Build Date
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