• May 25, 2008
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The news that the Indiana state police are adding new, unmarked Mustang GTs to their patrol fleet sent this blogger over to SSPMustang.org for a little nostalgia. SSPMustang is a site dedicated to the 1982 - 1993 Special Service Package Mustangs and the enthusiasts who find them and keep them going. You don't have to think that far back to recall when the sight of an tinted-out, unmarked 5.0 LX notch on the side of the highway was something you'd immediately jump on the brakes for. Many states had marked ones, too, and in all cases, they were manned by troopers ready to give pursuit.

I clicked on the site's "For Sale" link out of curiosity, and lo and behold, there's a beauty up for grabs. The 1982 California Highway Patrol SSP 5.0L you see above belongs to SSPMustang.org webmaster Mike Riley, and he's letting it go. As you can see, it's been fully restored, right down to the period-correct radios and reproduction "E" plates, among other things. The listing has an extensively detailed rundown on the car, its history, and the work done on it as well as several more large photos. While you're on the site, visit the "Features" section, where you can see more cars, including Riley's interesting '86 SSP 'Stang that served as the Indian Rocks, FL fire chief's car. Neat stuff. As for the CHP ride, he's asking $11,500 for it. If you decide to make it yours, our only recommendation is that you refrain from driving it in Dearborn, MI.


[Source: SSP Mustang | Photos: Mike Riley]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Now THAT'S A Mustang! Four Eyes!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great cars, yeah. the state troopers here in Alabama used them quite a bit in the 80's. But they couldn't hold a candle to the AMC Javelins they had in service in the 70's. I remember seeing them all over the place back then. The people around here would always challenge the troopers in the Mustangs, but hardly anyone was stupid enough to try a Javelin without being embarrased with a ticket and probably a night in jail just for trying to outrun the cops.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hmmmmm...I wonder what those people were driving when they were "challenging" the Mustang patrol cars. I can count on one hand the amount of cars that wouldn't get sucked up by a 5.0 highway patrol car in a chase. Also, I can count, on less than one hand, the amount of people dumb enough to try and "challenge" a state trooper in any car. Oh wait....you said Alabama....nevermind.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These are the worst looking Mustangs ever made next to the II.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like to have those hub caps ... would look great on a contemporary car ;-)
      Al Timiter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back in '85 i had the opportunity to purchase one of these bad boys when i lived in northern California Normally, if you go to Sacramento HQ to buy one, they'll let you START the engine...but you can't actually DRIVE one at their yard (i'm sure it was for insurance/liability purposes). However, we were well north of there and i got really lucky. One of the guys at the local CHP station took me out for a spin on Hwy 99 to test it out (guess it helped that i was majoring in Criminology / Administration of Justice in college, working part-time as a trainer at the local academy and volunteering with the local Ident-A-Child chapter...which meant i worked with and got to know a lot of city, county and CHP officers). He got it up to a little over 100 and you could tell the engine still had plenty of power to spare. A couple of days later, i somehow wound up with the winning sealed-bid! When i went to pick it up, the tech (that had 'decommissioned' the unit), asked if i was in a hurry - or had some time. I wasn't really in a hurry, so we both hopped-in and he took me to one of the places that worked on their cars and got me a fresh oil change...and a full tank of fuel, for FREE ! Later, i took it to a shop to check it out (unfortunately, i couldn't do that before the bid). The mechanic i spoke with said even with a little over 86K on the clock, the engine was fine - the compression on all cylinders was fantastic and that i had gotten a pretty good deal (paid $3850, if i remember correctly) Only thing was; with all the TRW parts, you HAD to inform your mechanic to be careful wrenching on it and ordering replacements. Most would just automatically think they knew what they were doing...and were often wrong. Several times, the replacement part that came into the shop wouldn't fit right...wasting my time when i had to remind the mechanic that it had been a former CHP unit using many TRW parts. D'oh! Drove that car all up and down the state for the next 6 years...even with the HO engine, it still got a respectable 24-28mpg. Even with gas prices at what they are now...i miss that car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LS1 CHP Camaro Please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. I like the Camaro more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if you could legally drive this on the street?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Back in '91 I was doing 100+ out on I-40 out in the middle of Nowhere, NM...when all of a sudden I see this white unmarked Mustang come out of nowhere and pull me over.

      Fortunately, he let me off with a warning...and I purchased a radar detector soon thereafter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just placed my bid. That's awesome. I hope I dont' ahve to modify it to drive it on the 5fwy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        *have

        P.S. Aren't you guys glad I didn't do one of those "first" comments? I hate them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I intended to bid. Not on ebay though. God..I'm a noob. I got a bit excited and jumped the non existant gun. Let me go get my Nomex on... Ok, ready, flame on...
      • 6 Years Ago
      what a piece of crap. I'm always amazed at what people will sink money into for a restoration. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow cops in those days would actually drive a stick? Just kidding coppers.

      What caught my eye was the god awful fake wood dash, almost as classy as the one in my 1982 Chevy Celebrity, but the plastic wood in my 87 Oldsmobile was much nicer.

      I do love the HO 5.0, actually being able to see the engine instead of hiding it behind a fake plastic cover.
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