Despite what y’all may think sometimes, we do listen to you guys around here. Take this week’s Ace of Base as an example: Suggested by an alert reader, Ford’s current foray into the fleet of police forces across the nation do fit the Ace of Base ethos: a sparsely equipped example of a mass-market car offered at a rock bottom price.
Seven investigations on Autotrader quickly turned up several examples of current model year Ford Taurus Police Interceptors with under 100 miles on their clocks for around $22,000.
Barren interiors, steel wheels, plus Blues Brothers-style cop car modifications? Watch your head getting in, sir; we’re going for a ride.
Clad in Oxford White, these low-mile Interceptors haven’t seen their Charcoal Black interiors sullied by the bodily fluids of America’s finest miscreants. That’s usually the (valid) knock against buying a used-up police cruiser: the thing has probably seen more perps than Night Court at 100 Centre Street in Manhattan.
Not these. With scarcely a lap around the block under their base-model belts — one example is listed with only 18 miles on the clock — it would seem their engines haven’t even burned a cup of gasoline, let alone a full tank. A 3.7-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic is standard equipment on all-wheel-drive models, while Interceptors with 3.5-liter V6 send power solely to the front. Want more power? A 2.0T does its civic duty as the optional engine for front-drive Taurii, while a 148 mph EcoBoost V6 roams the streets for those wanting some turbo-go in an all-wheel-drive package. Check under the hood before you sign on the dotted line.
It’s not a complete and barren wasteland inside the Interceptor. A single USB port and Line-In connection reside waaaaay over near the passenger, but means riders need not rely on vapid terrestrial radio. A backup camera embedded in the rearview mirrors helps prevent drivers from reversing over hapless pedestrians.
Lost your key? No need to pony up big bucks for a gee-whiz chip enabled proximity unit here. A simple metal and plastic ignition key is on duty, just like the one in my father’s 1995 Aerostar. Keyless-entry fobs are cribbed from a 2001 Focus.
Air conditioning is on tap, natch, as are power windows, pedals, and front seats. Speaking of seats, hearty cloth buckets are installed in the front row, with a full 9 inches of space between them designed to house all manner of electronic equipment for the local constabulary. Civilians will find there is plenty of space for McDining. A handy flat plastic surface on top of the dash, intended for a radar gun, is a handy spot on which to rest your Big Mac. The vinyl rear bench makes for easy clean-up after a night of debauchery.
Included is an A-Pillar mounted spotlight, perfect for blinding random winos and gutter dwellers, plus an honest-to-gawd column shifter like nature and Henry Ford intended. The steering wheel is a standard Ford design but dispenses with volume buttons in favour of AUX switches. This means you can wire in some annoyingly bright LED bars (for off-road use only, right?) and toggle their operation without ever taking your hands off the wheel.
Police Interceptors tinted a natty shade of blue allow drivers to indulge in gritty undercover detective fantasies. Bonus points will be awarded to any member of the B&B who buys one of these Interceptors and paints it with a jaunty theme.
Cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks … although today’s cruisers definitely have catalytic converters. Just make sure to fix the cigarette lighter.
Not every base model has aced it. The ones that have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selections.
The model above is shown priced in American dollars. As always, a dealer may sell for less.