1982 Ford Crown Victoria Springs Back to Life After Three Decades- Reviving a Forgotten Gem

The Crown Victoria is one of Ford’s most iconic nameplates. Introduced in 1991, it soldiered on through 2012 as one of America’s most popular full-size cars. It was also the vehicle of choice for most police departments from 1998 to 2011 and highly sought-after by fleet operators.

1982 Ford LTD Crown Victoria barn find

Photo: WD Detailing/YouTube

But Ford used the Crown Victoria name long before the four-door sedan arrived in showrooms as a stand-alone nameplate. The badge can be traced back to 1955. That’s when FoMoCo used it on the flagship version of the Fairlane line.

The company also offered a Crown Victoria Skyliner version with a standard two-tone roof and a fixed sunroof, both fancy features for the era. Ford dropped the Crown Victoria name after the 1956 model year.

The badge returned for the 1980 model year after a 23-year hiatus. The Fairlane was no longer around at the time, so Ford used it on its spiritual successor, the LTD. Introduced as a replacement for the LTD Landau, the Crown Victoria was once again the premium offering in the company’s full-size range.

In 1983, the LTD Crown Victoria became a stand-alone model line as Ford relegated the regular LTD to midsize duty. The model remained in production until 1991, when Ford debuted the first-generation Crown Victoria.

Why am I talking about an LTD that not many people remember nowadays? Well, it was one of Ford’s highest-selling full-size cars at nearly two million units, and it’s a classic we rarely see on the road today. Because these rigs don’t get the love they deserve, you’re more likely to see one in a junkyard than being driven on the street nowadays.

Fortunately enough, though, some do get rescued and offered a second chance from time to time. Like this 1982 example saved from a backyard by the folks at “WD Detailing.” Parked next to a house since the early 1990s, this Crown Vic has been neglected for about 30 years. And all those decades of sitting fully exposed to the elements have left a significant mark on the two-door sedan.

Our host recovered the full-size, all covered in moss and grime, with all four tires as flat as pancakes and a saggy headliner. And as you might have already guessed, the Windsor V8 engine had no intentions of running without a major overhaul.

All told, it was the kind of vehicle that many would abandon in the nearest junkyard. But our host chose to give it a thorough makeover inside and out. And the result was spectacular, to say the least, turning a disgusting and undesirable Ford into a classic that’s worth saving.

Sure, not many people are actually into early 1980s LTDs, but this Crown Vic now has a better chance of finding an owner that will put it back on the road. Check out the transformation in the video below

Related Posts

Behold the Stunning 1969 Plymouth GTX Hemi in Mesmerizing B5 Blue with a Matching Interior!

Often called the “rich man’s Road Runner,” the Plymouth GTX is perhaps one of the most overlooked muscle cars from the late 1960s. I guess people are…

Barn-Found 1968 Ford Mustang California Special Looks Stunning And Attracts Attention With Its Superb Color

Like most pony cars from the golden era, the Ford Mustang spawned a long list of high-performance and limited-edition models. The California Special is one of them, and this…

Package Deal Gives Brave Souls the Chance to Save a Classic Cadillac

One of the most challenging problems as far as the restoration of a classic car comes down to the lack of parts, especially if the vehicle in…

The Awesome 1959 Chevrolet Impala With The Continental Kit Is A Perfect 10 In Every Desirable Way

As a diehard Impala fan, it’s hard to find the right words to describe the magic residing in a 1959 model. After all, it was the first year when…

1964 Ford Thunderbird Shows What Rust Does to a Legend Still Not Giving Up

1964 witnessed the debut of the fourth-generation Thunderbird, and it represented the most successful year of the new lineup. Ford, therefore, produced close to 92,500 T-Birds in 1964,…

This 1957 Desoto Explorer Is A Rare Hemi-Powered Gem In Superb White And Yellow

Established in 1928 to compete with Pontiac, Studebaker, and Hudson in the mid-price class, DeSoto was terminated as a brand only 33 years later, in 1961. But before…