Ford Crown Victoria
The Crown Victoria has a ladder chassis, live rear axle, tough suspension and lots of heavy-duty components. Ford based it on mid-century technology, which is still effective and durable today. The 4.6-liter modular V8 engine only produces 260 HP, but that’s more than enough to give the big rear-wheel sedan decent acceleration and cruising speed. The models from the ’90s and early 2000s were common as police cruisers and taxis. Despite being 20 years old and surviving all kinds of torture, those cars are still on the road and running well.
If a car can endure being beaten on by cops, it’s definitely a good crisis vehicle. The Crown Vic is a handy tool that’s capable of many things, so it’s no surprise that law enforcement agencies have used it. If you want to one of the last American ladder-frame V8 sedans, prices are low and cars are plentiful.