- California Highway Patrol Mustang
1982, the California Highway Patrol requested Mustangs from Ford
to test as high speed enforcement vehicles. Big block police
cars were now a thing of the past, and the full-size Ford Crown
Victoria's were underpowered for pursuit duty. The California
Highway Patrol had performed an 18-month test of the 1979 Chevy
Camaro (see more HERE),
but chose to not keep them as part of their fleet.
California Highway Patrol ended up with 406 Mustangs in 1982.
Five (5) of those were hatchbacks. These vehicles were equipped
- 1993 Ford Offers the 'Special Service Package' Mustang
1983, Ford made the Mustang available to other law enforcement
agencies and changed its name to 'Special Service Package'.
1983-1985 Special Service Package included:
Ford switched the SSP rear axle from the 7.5-Inch rear end to
the 8.8-Inch rear end in 1986.
1986-198 Special Service Package included:
1989-1993 Special Service Package included:
1993 was the last year for the SSP Mustang. Ford did not include
it in the new Mustang platform for 1994. Ford produced nearly
15,000 of these Mustangs from 1982-1993. All
SSP Mustangs, except for (5) 1982 hatchbacks produced for the
California Highway Patrol, were coupe or 'notchback' style cars.
are many people out there now that search for these vehicles and
restore them. Some even restore them back to their in-service
condition (with lights and markings) and display them in shows.