By on September 21, 2010

I’m a team player, and I can get into the spirit of Panther Appreciation Week, even if it’s not the result of deep-rooted father imprinting (can we have an Opel Kadett Appreciation Week sometime?). That is, with the right Panther. And there is one that did manage to stir my blood in its time:

It’s undoubtedly the rarest Panther too. In 1992, and for one year only, the new Taurus-inspired aero Crown Vic appeared could be rather exciting. If you knew the secret password (P75), you ended up with the most overtly enthusiast-oriented Panther (other than the Marauder, of course). And the TS was not just a quickie “Euro”-badge job; every goodie in the Ford catalog was wrapped up in the sleek new wrapper, which alone was a huge change from the old boxy LTD CV.

Here’s a fairly detailed write up and some good pictures, but let me grab the basic package specs from it:

is a essentially a P71 with every available option known to the Ford Lineup designated under the one time used P75 VIN ID.   Later Crown Vic’s would see things like the HPP package, sport package and special ordered version of the car per unit, but not to this loaded out level as a “Touring Sedan” package like the P75.   The Touring Sedan has the suspension of the P71 with the higher rate springs, larger sway bars, quicker ratio steering, etc plus all the luxury items found on a loaded out Town Car.  The Touring Sedan also boasts the 3.27 rear gear ratio with limited slip, 4 wheel disk brakes, dual exhaust higher performance engine (210HP), heavy duty cooling, power steering cooling, extra transmission cooling, gauges, larger wheels and performance tires, ABS, Traction, etc.  Its performance was rated at over a full second faster than a base Crown Vic and had a top speed said to hit in the 130s.  (same as P71)  Of course things like power windows, power seats with recliners and lumbar, power mirrors, power antenna, Ford JBL system with trunk mount subwoofer!, Door keypad system, special “Touring Sedan” floor mats and more were on this car.   The car is identifiable by the “Touring Sedan” badges on the front quarter panels, the larger wheels, the lower stance, and the “touring” body molding.  The door panels and leather seats are also special to the Touring Sedan along with the dark wood trim inside.  I do not believe there is an option available that is not on this car.  It has it all. I also believe that all touring sedans are a two tone color combination with the slate color at bottom, but I have not seen but a few.

I’ve kept my eyes peeled in vain to find a TS for CC, but in vain. Even the regular versions of this generation CV are getting rare. My Panther appreciation has now been thoroughly expressed, so don’t expect much more on the subject.

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15 Comments on “1992 Crown Victoria Touring Sedan (P75): The One (and only) Panther Truly Deserving Appreciation...”


  • avatar
    86er

    As an owner of an increasingly rare 92, I approve of this message.

    I’ve heard you can still find many 92’s plying the highways and byways of Texas and other southern states. 

  • avatar

    The styling of this generation never worked for me. Lack of finesse on the front end (which appeared cobbled together from parts that weren’t meant to be together) and the C-pillar.

    • 0 avatar
      86er

      It looked worse in ’93 when they hastily slapped a grille in there.

      I happen to like the 8 window design.  You can certainly see out of it.  As for the C-pillar, it was an attempt to ape the Jaguar, which didn’t really translate, but at any rate I thought it complimented the aero shape.

      I’m biased, of course.

  • avatar
    Polishdon

    Hey Paul,

    Want one, there is one on Cars.com

    http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=47070304&listingRecNum=930&criteria=sf1Dir%3DDESC%26alMdId%3D20906%26mkId%3D20015%26stkTyp%3DU%26mdId%3D20906%26rd%3D100000%26crSrtFlds%3DstkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId%26zc%3D48154%26rn%3D900%26PMmt%3D1-1-0%26stkTypId%3D28881%26sf2Dir%3DDESC%26sf1Nm%3DmodelYear%26sf2Nm%3Dprice%26alMkId%3D20015%26rpp%3D50%26feedSegId%3D28705&aff=national

  • avatar
    supremebrougham

    Paul,
    I see that you too have an appreciation for Matt Garrett’s wonderful car collection!!!

  • avatar

    I’ve seen exactly two of these in the boneyards….even the ebony (fake) wood is cool.

  • avatar
    obbop

    Gol dern shucks….  a BIG Rebel flag painted on the hood would look mighty purdy’ on that critter.
    If time takes its toll and repair costs dig into pa’s beer fund and a new lawn ornament is needed all the neighbors would be so dern’ jealous with the finest lawn ornament in the entire neighborhood gracing our shanty’s lawn.
    It is a fine lookin’ auto critter and Susie Bell would be able to use it when cuzz Jed comes a courtin’, or any of them neighbor boys who prowl around her winder’ at night.
    A man would be mighty proud to own one of them high-falutin’ fancy cars with all those goodys that can even allow a driver to outrun Smoky Bear… if it wasn’t fer’ the way they cheat nowadays what with their radios and heliocopters and satellites and all those feds filling the countryside akin to those Northern Aggressors great-grandpaps used to rant and rave about.
    Yep. Mighty purdy car.
    Too purdy to allow them damnable Yankees to own.

  • avatar

    If I had one of those it would be garage kept, only to be used at night for beer runs. That’s one of the ugliest cars I’ve ever seen.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    I actually like the “extreme areo” look of the “grilless” Crown Vics.  My High School History teacher Mr. Radabaugh had one.  I once took a trip in it with him and several other students to go to a Geography Bowl competition.  That old man (he was over 60 at the time) hustled that sucker through the “35mph” curves on Ohio’s state highways at dang near twice that speed.  I gained an appreciation for the big sleds that day.
     
    I know not all the Crown Vics & Mercury Grand Marquis with the cross lace aluminum wheels are tourning sedans but I know they all had the handling package and I still salivate every time I run accross one.

  • avatar
    thebeelzebubtrigger

    Paul, that’s an excellent contribution to Panther appreciation week. I sold Fords (Nanticoke Ford, in Nanticoke, PA) in ’92. We had one of these on the lot, in that dark plum color and it was a blast to drive, especially in the snow! The console-mounted shifter reminded me a bit of my ’67 Galaxy XL500.
    This, the Interceptor, and the Marauder are the only Panthers I consider really lust-worthy. Though the standard issue is probably ok for a cheap used car.

  • avatar
    jpcavanaugh

    I always much preferred the original 92 front end to the 93-94 with that awful stuck-on little grille.  Unfortunately, as a 1 year only design, the 92 looked dated fast.
    It seems that Ford started to really ignore the vic after 92.  Probably for CAFE reasons.  My mother was looking for a new one in 93, and they were really hard to find.  Every dealer of any size may have 40 Tauri but maybe 2 Vics (if you were lucky).  It was virtually impossible to pick a color, because every one I saw on the lot was either white, silver or beige.  Mom wound up with “Dark Cranberry Metallic”.  A little purple, but it turns out to be a great car for my teenagers – everybody knows where they are when they see the purple Vic.

    • 0 avatar
      86er

      The one I have must’ve been ordered from the factory, because it is a “pearlescent” triple coat “Amethyst Blue” paint, with the lightest leather interior you could get at the time.

      I too see a lot of white, silver or beige Vics and Marquis’, often with dour grey interior, and think “what’s the point?”

  • avatar
    crinklesmith

    Paul, as the owner of a 97′ Grand Marquis with the HPP package, I would like to note that Ford used all of the mechanical modifications from the Touring sedans in the later HPP package cars, just none of the neat trim bits and two tone paint.

    Also, the HPP suspension is not a P71 suspension, the P71 uses four corner metal coils with a higher ride hight, smaller diameter swaybars and a few other differences. The HPP suspension has front metal coils that sit lower than the standard suspension, much less the P71, and have higher rates than the P71 springs. The rears are air springs with HPP bespoke rates that sit lower than standard springs. HPP swaybars are the largest available for pre 98 Aero cars. HPP cars also received a variable boost powersteering computer that also controlled the rear air spring pressure, P71’s had standard steering.

    IMO, the HPP’s are the only Panthers worth owning, and the Touring sedan is the best of the bunch, although a little long in the tooth by now.

  • avatar
    Johnster

    My dad had ’92 CV LX and considered it the best looking car he ever owned.  He thought it looked like a 4-door Thunderbird of that time.  Strangely, some of his co-workers thought the car was a Taurus.
    I appreciated how the ’92 to ’97 Crown Vics had completely different sheet metal from the Grand Marquis, unlike the ’79 through ’91 and the ’98 through 2010 models.

  • avatar
    emarsh

    I realize that this is an old post but we have a Touring Sedan that we bought new. We’re moving to Spain in a few months and I’d like to find it a good home. It’s been pared and is a project car.

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