The more I read about Ford’s Special Service Package Mustangs, the more I want one. Lightweight from the factory and built in limited quantities, it just seems like a car you can enjoy everday while never losing a dime on the purchase. Parts are plentiful and cheap, and these SSP cars are growing scarcer by the year. What a combination! You can check out this ex-Georgia State Patrol Mustang here on eBay, where the seller has listed it with a reserve and a Buy-It-Now of $10,000.
According to the listing, the Georgia State Patrol purchased only 100 SSP Mustangs in 1988, making this one a rare find. That’s because not only were some of them likely lost in accidents or being scrapped due to age, but also because the record-keeping after their years of public service came to a close is almost non-existent. They pop up from time to time painted different colors and with the police equipment removed, effectively hiding in plain sight.
In addition to lighter curb weights, the SSP Mustangs featured engine and transmission coolers, reinforced floor pans and a full-size spare, among other police-specific upgrades. Each state had the option to customize their orders further with options ranging from roll bars to manual transmissions. Unfortunately, this particular SSP car lost its original engine and makes do with a non-matching unit, but 5.0 Mustang motors aren’t exactly rare.
The paint scheme remains true to the Georgia State Patrol colors, with the two-tone combo featuring light gray paint on the roof, hood and trunk lid, and blue on the sides of the car. Some GSP Mustangs had the polished multi-hole alloys, but others were like this car with black steel wheels and hubcaps. I’d be sorely tempted to find all of the original strobes and flashers if this were mine; how would you use a genuine SSP car?