Pour a 40 out, dance a dervish or do whatever your people do to celebrate the dead, because yesterday, the final Ford Crown Victoria rolled off the assembly line at St. Thomas Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada. Workers from the plant have been documenting the wind-down on a Facebook page, and you can check out some choice build pictures of the last-ever Vicky in our gallery. The final Crown Victoria was a white model with tan interior and optional rear-seat air conditioning for a customer in Saudi Arabia. With the long-serving Lincoln Town Car also ending production, only 250 of the plant's roughly 1,200 workers will be kept through December to help decommission the facility.

On sale for roughly 32 years, the Crown Victoria was a mainstay of the Ford lineup that refused to modernize. Aside from the Lincoln, it was the only rear-wheel-drive, body-on-frame sedan left on sale in America. You could get it with a column-mounted shifter. You could order two bench seats and seat six comfortably (front bench seats in passenger vehicles are now officially dead in America). It rode on the oldest continuously produced platform on sale in America, Ford's tough-as-nails Panther platform that was first used back in 1979. Lastly, it always offered a V8 no matter what gas was going for at the corner station. Click through the jump to continue reading...



Perhaps the biggest testament to the Crown Victoria's significance is how many different vehicles it will take to replace it in our daily lives. Since 2008, the Crown Vic has only been sold as a fleet vehicle to its bread-and-butter customers: police officers and taxi drivers. With its death, law enforcement is flush with options for the first time in decades. Dodge had already been stealing market share away from Ford the last few years with a cop-spec version of the Charger that's been redesigned for 2011, and General Motors is re-entering the fray this year with a long-wheelbase version of Australia's Holden Commodore (formerly our Pontiac G8) that fittingly resurrects the Chevrolet Caprice name. Lastly, Ford is hoping that law enforcement embraces its own replacement for the Crown Vic – an all-wheel-drive Taurus Interceptor with beefed up mechanicals and a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6.

Like the police, taxi and livery companies are also going to miss the Crown Vic's innate simplicity, sturdy construction and wealth of replacement parts. There are many companies waiting in the wings to fill the Crown Vic's role as taxi cab, including Ford itself with a taxi version of its Transit Connect Van commercial van. A mandate by some large municipalities saw hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Ford's Escape Hybrid begin to chip away at the Crown Vic's ubiquity on city streets, and the largest municipality of them all, New York City, has chosen the Nissan NV200 van as Gotham's next official ride to the airport.

All of this is to say that even though the Crown Victoria was a dinosaur, what it lacked in refinement, efficiency and style it more than made up for in utility, ruggedness and sheer volume. An era has truly ended.


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      Skwish
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LS with only 59000 miles on it. Riding down the highway in that thing is like sitting in your living room easy chair. I wouldn't trade it for any of these so-called luxury cars that all they offer is bucket seats that you are wedged into for the duration of your trip...no thank you!
      budwsr25
      • 4 Years Ago
      The sad part is the car is leaving the country. It should have gone to the Henry Ford Museum.
      Ace Convoy
      • 4 Years Ago
      Y'know... The second car I ever drove was a 1998 Lincoln Towncar. I like the way it felt and I'm 18!! I want a Crown vic as my 2nd car wen I get out of college.. I'm gonna be driving a 2nd gen Taurus till then.
      metusmetu
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yep, I've been in a couple of Crown Vic's before. Comfortable, powerful, smooth riding, etc.. Don't know what kind of gas mileage they got though,.......I was stuffed in the back seat wearing cuffs! lol!
      Smooth Motor
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a '97 Crown Vic which I inherited from my aunt when she passed in 2006. It was helpful at the time to save some miles on my lease car so I mostly drove it to work. Overall, it was a comfortable highway car. I got about 27MPG back and forth to work. I would have never owned one otherwise but overall it did the job and was reliable. I sold it with less than 60k on the clock in 2008 to a neighbor living near my dad. I hear the car still runs good today.
      Dontex Dacari
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good Bye to the Legendandary....Crown Victoria
        hotrodronnie
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dontex Dacari
        Guess all the old ones will be running around with "Dubs" on them now. That will look cool.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think there ever will be a car that will come remotely close to Crown Vic.
      dephambone
      • 4 Years Ago
      Our department opted for the more fuel efficient and cheaper Impalas when it came time to replace the Crown Vics (Interceptors). I hated to see them go. At 6'6", the smaller Impalas are cumbersome and difficult to get in and out of with the duty gear that has to be worn. I would take back the Interceptor in a heartbeat!
      wutname1
      • 4 Years Ago
      "(front bench seats in passenger vehicles are now officially dead in America)" My 2011 Impala has a Bench Seat
      hailstate
      • 4 Years Ago
      My boss had a '96 Crown Vic with a sports package. It was the same color as the State Highway Patrol cars, so we had a lot of fun freaking people out on the highway. Everytime we'd go to a project site, we'd put the car phone (one of those Motorola bag phones) on the dash, so it would vaguely look like a radar or police light package. Good times.
        Making11s
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hailstate
        I got so sick of people in front of me slowing down when I had my Marauder. It intolerable sometimes, and people are so stupid. I had cars slow down to 35 on the highway because they thought I was a cop. If I had been a cop, I would have pulled them over for doing 35 on the highway. I also got sick of being pulled over constantly because the cops thought a Latin guy in a black Mercury had to be a criminal.
      David
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have 291,000 miles on my 2002 Crown Vic. Never did any internal engine work; and it is still the original tranny!
      switzarch
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another interesting thought: note that the workers all signed their work and so on, but the car is going to a customer? Why not to The Henry Ford Museum? Most 'last models ever made' wind up in a company museum or are at least kept. Money talks, I guess, especially if it's lot's of money!
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