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Frisco Police 1990 SSP Ford Mustang

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Frisco Police Patch used during the 1990's

The Frisco Police Department (FPD) was established in 1965 to service what, at the time, was a very small farming community.  Since that time, the city and its Police Department has grown tremendously. Their patrol cars have went through many changes during that time as well.

One of FPD's most unique patrol cars was a 1990 Special Service Package (SSP) Ford Mustang. Ford produced these vehicles from 1982 to 1993. They were a special police package based on the 5.0L Mustang LX (More information on the SSP package can be found HERE). Most of these cars were sold to State Police/Highway Patrol agencies. Although they were available to all law enforcement agencies, few local police departments actually purchased them. It has been said that FPD received the Mustang through a grant for doing drug interdiction. This has never been confirmed, but there was a strong push in the early 1990's for agencies to do more drug interdiction, and the federal government was giving grants to law enforcement agencies.

The Ford SSP Mustang is a very interesting part of our nations automotive history. Finding such a rare car as the FPD Mustang is a treasure all its own. The SSP Mustangs owned by the large state agencies are very well documented. It's not very difficult to find the information necessary to restore a state agency SSP.

 

The FPD Mustang is very rare because they only purchased one, and 21-years later it's difficult to find any information on it.

The FPD Mustang did not come from the factory with many options. In fact, all it really had was air conditioning. The car came equipped with:

* 5.0L HO V-8 Engine

* Automatic Transmission

* Manual windows & locks

* The car didn't even come with a rear defroster

The FPD Mustang was used for traffic enforcement and was actually wrecked more than once in it's first year. It served as a traffic car until around 1994 when it was painted black and used by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID).  The car was eventually sold to the public.

The Mustang changed hands three times and ended up spending 5-6 years in a storage lot outside of St. Louis Missouri. In 2011, the car was sold to its current owner who hauled it to its new home in Ohio. The car now has a new home in a garage, and is undergoing a rebuild. 

Rebuilding the FPD Mustang is a unique challenge. Finding photos of the car in it's in-service condition has been impossible. The Frisco Police Department has been very helpful in providing information about their patrol cars dating back to the 1990's. 

The Mustang started its career as a white marked cruiser, but ended it as a black unmarked car. Since the Mustang wasn't an actual 'marked' cruiser when it last served the Police Department, and since there isn't any photos of the Mustang when it was marked, the problem becomes choosing the look for the Mustangs rebuild.

In order to decide how to rebuild the car, we first need to look at the history of FPD's cruisers. 

Frisco Police Cruiser Marking History (Click on any photo):

Mid to late 1990's Mid 1990's to around 2003 From around 2003 until present day School Resource Officer cars

The FPD cruisers changed a few times over the years. Their cruisers have been equipped with both roof lights, and without. The cars without roof lights are commonly referred to as slicktops. These cars have lights at the front grill and in the windows. The (3) photos above (left to right) are the color schemes that have been used by the Frisco Police Department. The cars shown in the photo at the far right are cruisers used by FPD School Resource Officers.

Today's patrol vehicles are pursuit-rated Chevrolet Tahoes that are specially designed for police work.  Inside of the modern day patrol vehicles are mobile data computers (MDCs), radios, emergency lighting and sirens, radars and lasers for traffic enforcement, mobile video recorders (MVRs) that digitally record all audio and video, and a plethora of safety equipment such as traffic cones, flares, crime scene kits, shotguns and rifles, etc.

So What's The Future Of The FPD Mustang?

The FPD Mustang will be repainted back to its original factory white color, and re-equipped with the proper police equipment used around the time it was in service..

(The FPD Mustang as it is today)

(The proposed future look of the FPD Mustang)

The proposed new look for the FPD Mustang came from the school resource officer car (above). The car was so popular, that the car to the right is a small model that was made and sold of it.

The car will not have a lightbar on the roof since it's privately owned. It will use halogen lights at the front grill and in the windows in the style that FPD has used in the past. The lights will be covered when the vehicle is not being displayed. The markings will be magnetic so they can be removed when the car is not at shows.

As much of the original style equipment (to match what FPD used at the time) will be used. Only equipment that would have been available during the 1990's will be used.

Purpose:

The whole purpose of rebuilding the Frisco Police Mustang is to preserve the Special Service Mustangs role in our automotive history. It will give people a chance to see these rare cars and look at the type of equipment used at the time.

 

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Disclaimer:

SSP Central is in no way affiliated with the Frisco Texas Police Department

The Frisco Police Mustang displayed here is privately owned.

 

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