The Ford Crown Victoria is in pretty much every “classic” movie, either as a taxi for New Your coupes to share or a police car being blown up by the bad guys. However, there’s a strong following of enthusiasts and collectors that probably wished there was a special version, like this Ford Crown Victoria Coupe.
Digital artist Abimelec Design decided to turn “the car-est looking car” into this 2-door Crown Victoria. It looks so realistic that you begin to question if such a thing existed or not.
Of course, the pixel perfectionist didn’t start there, as he also digitally bolted on some clever mods. These are the things Ford enthusiasts would love to see on a Vic at the next SEMA show. The oversized HRE wheels fill up the whole fender and create this race car look, almost like a hint for a custom frame and roll cage.
Besides the Shelby GT500 heat extractor hood, everything is largely stock. However, what’s under there is also special. The pace of the 4.6-liter V8 has been taken up by a modern Coyote crate engine. Wouldn’t it be cool of Bring a Trailer was filled with Coyote-swapped Crowns instead of all those Broncos?
Ford didn’t make a Crown Victoria Coupe… because it had one
Of course, everybody knows about the rugged Panther platform that underpins the Crown Victoria. It was the last sedan with the old body-on-frame construction, which resulted in a very rugged, sturdy four-door car. The platform was shared with the Lincoln Town Car and also the Mercury Marauder, which could be considered sportier or more elegant in a way.
With the body shortened and chopped like that, the Crown Victoria becomes a coupe, but not in a sporty muscle car kind of way. Instead, it looks like a 90s 2-door, like a big Buick Riviera or some such car. It’s got the 80s proportions, but with the rounded bumpers and fenders that followed.
But if you wanted the 4.6-liter Ford V8 in a coupe that wasn’t a Mustang, you definitely had some choices. My favorite would be the Lincoln Mark VIII, which I think is one of the most beautiful American designs of that era. And with its all-aluminum DOHC 32-valve V8, it could move at a reasonable pace. 0 to 60 was quoted at around 7.5 seconds, and there was a Ford equivalent.
I’m talking about the 10th-generation Ford Thunderbird, the generation before the retro-modern one. Between 1989 and 1997, they sold almost a million of these, and it even had an SVE version powered by a supercharged V8 from the Cobra. Look up a 1996 Thunderbird LX and you’ll see just how much it resembles this Crown Vic Coupe.