The Ford Mustang SSP
was a lightweight police car package
based on the Ford Mustang
produced between 1982-1993. The car was meant to provide a speedier option for police
departments in lieu of other full sized (and heavier) sedan
on the market at the time. The SSP abbreviation means Severe Service Package
or Special Service Package
, a special Foxbody Mustang
trim made exclusively for law enforcement use. One of the taglines used by Ford to help sell this car was This Ford chases Porsches for a living...
The units served a number of uses, and were often customized to suit each law enforcement agency's particular needs. Law enforcement agencies from municipal to government agencies bought nearly 15,000 examples of these units. Many still exist today, either still in some role of law enforcement, from display cars to DARE
cars, or in the hands of collectors and racers.
In 1982, the California Highway Patrol
asked the Ford Motor Company
to produce a capable and lightweight police car due to the bulkiness of current police cars like the Ford Fairmont
and the problems incurred with Chevrolet Camaros with their camshaftsMustang Monthly
"Highly Pursued" text and photos by Donald Farr, May 2006 pg 88-90 at pursuit speeds. Taking the Fox 5.0 Mustangs in production at the time, Ford produced the Ford Mustang SSP... Read More