Playing ‘spy’ photographer
Motor Trend - 1992 Crown Vic spiedFirst, this image to the right was in Motor Trend’s always cool Detroit Report section, from October, 1989.

I was aghast when I first saw this picture fearing it represented some sort of quick and dirty update. Thankfully it wasn’t; more likely some sort of mule for testing air flow requirements for cooling.

From the cowl back it’s clearly a 1979-91 LTD Crown Vic but everything forward of the windshield appears custom or cobbled from the then-new tenth-gen Thunderbird.

1992 Ford Crown Victoria 'spy' picSo, imagine my surprise when, only months later, I see the not-yet-introduced car parked along side the highway.

I’d not seen any pictures of the car so complete so it tripped the perpetually-running, automatic vehicle-processing center in my head.

It appeared to be entirely unattended so hung a U-turn and parked. My thoughts were to take pics and send them to Motor Trend for publication but, being young, I never got around to it. A few months later, very similar pictures started cropping up in all the magazines.

1992 Ford Crown Victoria 'spy' picYou can see the engineers made light-hearted attempts to cover the mule, mostly blocking the Ford badging from sight. Since that model is old news at this point, there’s nothing really shocking in these shots now. I just thought it would be cool to see the spy shots that stayed a secret.

Below, you’ll find a small gallery of pictures. Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions.

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