13 Jun 2016

Here Come the Men in Black’s Ford 1987 LTD Crown Victoria

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We’ve previously talked about the 1972 Ford Gran Torino, a stunning vehicle used in the Furious 7 movie. Our attentions are now on another Ford classic which also played an important role in a movie, the Ford 1987 LTD Crown Victoria. This beautiful vintage car was heavily showcased in the popular film Men in Black, and it can be seen driven by Agent K many times. You can immediately spot it on the official trailer as well.

Although Will Smith’s character, J, wasn’t a fan of the car at the beginning, there’s no denying that the Ford 1987 LTD Crown Victoria was chosen for a reason. In the movie the vehicle was modified with an auxiliary mode, which let the car achieve extremely high speeds; while in real life you won’t see this Ford reconfigure itself to display large twin rear-exhaust thrusters, it’s still a sleek, powerful machine.

But if you’re curious to see how the Men in Black version behaved on-screen, you can enjoy the fast-paced tunnel chase scene.

Ford produced 128,878 of these full-size, rear-wheel drive vehicles, all spectacular machines crafted to the highest standards of the market – and with the consumer in mind. Many different models were created, which span the coupe, sedan and station wagon body styles.

The coupe body style was ultimately discontinued for lack of sales, and today is considered a collectible by Ford aficionados. The same fate eventually befell the station wagon, as sales dwindled and the vehicle was dropped out of circulation.

The standard sedan, the one featured in Men in Black, was more successful. This standard model included specifications like:

  • CFI V-8 engine
  • AOD automatic transmission with overdrive
  • Power steering
  • Power front disc brakes
  • Carpeting
  • Bumper guards
  • AM/FM stereo radio

The 1987 model was also offered an Interior Luxury Package, which encompassed a tilt steering wheel, an illuminated entry system, cruise control, power door lock and automatic headlights.

With a maximum speed of 168km, this Ford car is not just a pretty machine, but a fast one too, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 km/h in 11.74 seconds. Offering a relaxing, smooth drive, and with a fantastic aesthetic, it’s no wonder the 1987 LTD Crown Victoria is a favourite amongst filmmakers.

Ford certainly knows how to manufacture high performance, timeless vehicles that maintain their ’factory new’ look for a very long time. On top of it all, the 1987 LTD Crown Victoria is an affordable car, which makes it almost perfect!

The Ford 1987 LTD Crown Victoria is a widely popular model, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it’s featured on the big screen. Men in Black certainly made use of the vehicle’s incredible qualities and, even though we might be biased, everyone here at Smartway London thinks the car stole every scene it was in! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you wish to learn more about this Ford’s amazing model or about our vast range of services.

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