Ford Crown Victoria LX

Ford's final Crown Victoria has rolled off the line

The Ford Crown Victoria was an integral part of the American landscape for a good many years – serving as not only personal cars, but also as police vehicles and taxicabs. The production of the final vehicle in this famous line, shared by Lincoln and Mercury variants, marks the end of an era for Ford.

Nearly 10 million of the so-called Panther Platform vehicles – Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars – have been built since 1979. The need for greater fuel economy has slowed sales over recent years. The Crown Victoria and Town Car only get 24 miles per gallon on the highway. That’s not bad for a full size sedan, but a figure today equaled by some large SUVs.

Production halted last Thursday as the last model ever to be built rolled off the manufacturing line at Ford’s St. Thomas Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada.

"Production levels at the plant have declined by 60 percent in the last decade as customer preferences shifted to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles," Ford remarked in a published announcement.

The Ford Crown Victoria has only been available for fleet sales, mainly in police and taxi form, as well as for rental cars since the beginning of the 2008 model year. Along with its Mercury and Lincoln counterparts, it was the only full-frame rear-wheel-drive passenger car still built in North America.

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