There are few things that cause the heart to skip a beat more than seeing a swift Ford Mustang police car in the rearview mirror. It’s unexpected and seems more than a bit unfair. Why would such a small and powerful car be utilized by the police? The rumble of the 5.0L V-8 engine gives a strong hint. That seems like as good of an explanation as any for why the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered 32 1989 Mustang SSP Police Cars for its automotive fleet, this being one of four cars ordered for the province of Saskatchewan.
In the 1980s and early 1990s the Fox-body V-8 Mustangs were utilized throughout both Canada and the U.S. by officers of the law, ranging from state highway patrol officers to local police forces. They were also used as official cars for the U.S. Air Force and the FBI. SSP stands for Special Service Package, with all but one of the Mustangs utilized in North America produced in the notchback body style with a trunk. In this particular car, the powerful engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, creating a rare example of a shift-it-for-yourself police car. Unit No. FH90-7 was assigned to Corporal Brad Popowich, and it’s service-ready to this day with its radio, sirens and lights. The Mustang SSP has a two-tone blue and white finish with a RCMP GRC livery and blue interior.
This fine Canadian example comes with in-service photographs. Though they were small in numbers, the effect of the Mustang police cars seemed to have a disproportionate psychological effect on motorists in both the U.S. and Canada. If a Mustang police car was spotted on the road, word spread quickly to “watch out for those Mustang police cars.” At the very least, it put drivers on high alert for an unexpectedly fast police car lurking on the road.
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