Confusing. Ford’s animal names for their various platforms are just confusing. Do they make any sense to you? This 1979 Ford LTD Crown Victoria is a beauty, and believe it or not, it’s a bit smaller than the preceding Ford LTD was, with a completely different drivetrain and body, yet it shares the Panther Platform. This Crown Vic is listed on eBay with the current bid being just over $2,000, but the reserve isn’t met. This lovely landau is located in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
It’s hard to imagine a car this big and boxy being the latest and greatest but for 1979 this was it, at least for Ford. The LTD Crown Victoria ran from 1980 to 1991 and then the LTD portion was dropped and it became the Crown Victoria, a car that most of us have feared on highways for a couple of decades, at least when we’re speeding. Ha, as if any of us drive over the posted speed limit..
This car is nice, reeeeeeeal nice. 44,000 original miles nice. The details are really crisp with nary a rust spot anywhere that I can see. The 1979 LTD Crown Victoria was over a foot shorter than the 1978 LTD and a few hundred pounds lighter! This car “runs and drives perfectly”, according to the seller.
The interior is gorgeous in green. If you don’t like sage green, or “light medium pine” green, maybe this one isn’t for you. The seats are perfect and this car is loaded, as you’d expect an LTD Crown Victoria to be, with power seats, power windows and locks, AC, and even a CB radio from the factory! It needs work on the headliner and there appears to be a small crack on the top of the dash, but other than that it looks showroom fresh inside. The seller says to fly in and drive this one home, there’s no question that it would be a fun trip.
This hose-laden beast of an engine, or I think there’s an engine in there.. is Ford’s 351 Windsor V8 with a mere 140 hp and 265 ft-lb of torque. It took about a dozen seconds to get to 60 mph in this car but it felt like you were on a flying carpet, I’m guessing. I haven’t driven a car like this in probably a decade but the feeling never really leaves your soul. With a reported 23 mpg on the highway, this would be an outstanding road trip car. Have any of you owned a Panther Platform LTD? What do you think about this one, wouldn’t this be a cushy highway cruiser?