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They're almost all gone now, the dying embers of a fading ethic and sadly shifting priorities. Glorious (and immensely safe) full-frame construction cars, with a separate body bolted on to a girder-like understructure. Understressed, endlessly torquey V-8 engine driving the rear wheels. Massive slab-sided proportions inside and out, with room for six and a body or two in the trunk. Enough rolling steel, all told, to flatten a Honda Civic without hardly mussing the bumper.
There's only one passenger sedan left that can deliver these things for under $25,000. Behold the mighty Ford Crown Victoria, quite possibly the last of its kind.
With the demise of the Chevy Caprice ("Shamu the car") in 1996, the Crown Victoria and its in-house twin, the Mercury Grand Marquis became the sole representatives of what had just 10 or so years before been the dominant type of passenger sedan built by U.S. automakers for 50-odd years.
Today, the majority of passenger sedans sold in the United States, whether import or domestic, are front-wheel-drive and have at most six-cylinder engines. To get a biggun’ comparable in mechanical and physical layout (e.g., full-frame, V-8, rear-drive, room for six) to the Crown Vic, you'd need to ante up for a full-boogie luxury sedan such as the Mercedes E430 or BMW 5-Series, each of which goes for roughly twice the Crown Vic's $21,965 base price.
2001 Ford Crown Victoria Interior
If you don’t find enough room in a Crown Vic, maybe you should just lease a 767.