Good Cop Bad Cop: 1992 Ford Mustang SSP

Have you ever wondered what it was like to sit behind the wheel of a police car (rather than the back seat)?

Now is your chance.

Up for grabs is this Mustang Special Service Package formerly used by the Nevada Highway Patrol. That's right. This is the cop car that would have chased your getaway through the desert at 100 miles per hour.

The seller states only 15 SSP Mustangs were ordered by the state of Nevada.

They say this vehicle was used as a patrol car, then used by the military, before it ended in private hands and has now been restored back to Highway Patrol-spec. This includes new paint and new front seats. The seller states there is no rust and no bodywork was needed. Maybe this thing didn't see much action after all.

Fox-bodied Mustangs split the critics. I think about everyone dislikes how they look, and then half think they're a hoot to drive and the rest think they're just awful. But let's face it: with a V8 engine, rear-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual transmission, you'd have to be a stiff not have a blast in this. Who cares if they look best in front of a Domino's Pizzeria on a rainy Friday night, or on the set of Married With Children?

Inside is a feast for techheads...that is, for a techhead from the early '90s. All of the equipment looks outdated, like a bunch of cable boxes (remember those) piled on the dash. How is any of the street legal, anyways? I guess, until you get caught with all of it...

The most interesting thing about this Mustang actually aren't the flashing red and blue lights. It's the fact that you have the moderately rare notchback body coupled with the V8, stick shift, dual exhausts and Pony wheels. This is a better Mustang than your average Fox Mustang, police equipment or no equipment.

Find it here on ebay in Byron, California with bidding at $4,050 and a buy it now of $10,495.

1 comment:

  1. Great example of trying to do an end run around ebay rules...temporarily slide off the red/blue lightbar covers, photoshop out the highway patrol/state trooper markings in the photos. When the winning bidder picks up the car, like magic, everything is there as before!

    Personally, I see nothing wrong with that. There is an active vintage police car hobby out there, and how they get their cars legally to and from shows is not our concern.

    If I was restoring one of these, I'd go the unmarked car route. Leave the pillar-mounted spots and the interior equipment for shows, and avoid the silly restrictions on driving it regularly. More everyday enjoyment to be had that way.