What Isn't Wrong With This Picture: The Last Of The Panther Interceptors Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Panther lovers will be sad to hear that this, the last of the black-and-white Crown Vic Interceptors, has gone down the line according to the Ford St Thomas Assembly Plant’s Facebook page. The last Panther ( reportedly a Town Car) is scheduled to be built on Monday, and the plant’s “about 1,500” workers will be laid off on the 12th of September. If you know someone who loves the Panther chassis, please be sensitive to their needs in this difficult time. Remind them that there’s always the used market, and that someday their beloved brutes will tear ass across a post-apocalyptic landscape, and be known as “ the last of the V8 Interceptors.This is going to be OK…

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  • Maxb49 Maxb49 on Aug 31, 2011

    I live in Hamburg, New York, and I know some of the people who are losing their jobs at the stamping plant. This is not a good sign for our economically troubled community.

    • Mikey Mikey on Aug 31, 2011

      @ Maxb49...I'm from Oshawa and we still havn't completly recovered. Losing those good jobs in Hamburg,and St Thomas Ont. Is going to hurt,and hurt deep.

  • Jim Sutherland Jim Sutherland on Aug 31, 2011

    Lots of work in the oil patch out here in Alberta-100k a year if you want to get your hands dirty...maybe it's time for a fresh start.

    • Mikey Mikey on Aug 31, 2011

      @ Jim Sutherland.....I hear you. The CAW set up a job fair here in Oshawa a few years ago. As I recall it was pretty big turn out. Its good for the younger guys. The older guys get a pension. Its the 40 + guys with 15-20 years in, they get the crappy deal. Alberta is a long ways from home,but you do, what you got to do, eh?

  • Giltibo Giltibo on Aug 31, 2011

    Get over the Panther! It's a platform that's at best mediocre... and has not been substantially updated since 1978, back when we still had LTD IIs, horrible 93hp Mustang IIs and Pintos. We are in Goldarn 2011! The automobile industry has changed!!!

    • 86er 86er on Aug 31, 2011

      Yeah! Consarn it anyways! Confound all you Panther-lovin' folk, things so old them thar wheels are still square! You're worse than the Flat Earth Society! Pshaw, dag-gumit!

  • Smoglar Smoglar on Aug 31, 2011

    "...last of the V8 interceptors..WOULD'VE BEEN A SHAME TO BLOW IT UP!" Well when I went to the bank in my 87 GMC Suburban (manual trans 4x4 2500) a few years ago, 2004 I believe, I came out to the otherwise nearly empty parking lot and made a startling observation. On the left was a V8 Volkswagen Tourag, as wide as my GMC, and probably higher HP. On the right was a Honda Ridgeline, longer than my GMC. The owners clearly wanted to demonstrate that they had thought about a US SUV/4x4 but chose foreign for their own reasons, or it was an odd show of respect. But just the fact that foreign car companies decided that they could outdo US automakers in designing and manufacturing the types of vehicles traditionally dominated by Detroit, and the US public would respond, spoke volumes about where the forward thinkers were in the auto industry. I concede I wouldn't have bought the GMC if I didn't know how to fix it when it had issues. But 277k miles later it is strong as can be. Will the VW or the Honda last that long with only a new starter and radiator? More importantly, will anyone care?