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The Nebraska State Patrol Still Has a 1993 Mustang SSP In Service

Road & Track logo Road & Track 5/16/2019 Brian Silvestro
a car parked on the side of a road: It's mostly used for parades and other promotional events.© Nebraska State Patrol It's mostly used for parades and other promotional events.

When police cars get old, they usually get retired and sold off in state auctions or given to museums. The Nebraska State Patrol had different plans for its 1993 Ford Mustang SSP squad car. Despite its age, it's still in service, which is cool as hell.

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The Patrol recently shared a picture on Facebook (which you can see above) of its SSP, still sporting its period-correct white and blue livery, on patrol on a Nebraska highway assisting a traffic stop with a new Dodge Charger. Though it's not driven every day, the car is used regularly as a promotional vehicle for parades and school visits. Sometimes, though, it goes on patrol like any other car in the fleet.

Ford offered the Special Service Package (SSP) Mustang to law enforcement nationwide from 1982 to 1993. Using a 5.0-liter V-8-powered notchback as a base, SSPs got oil and transmission coolers, stronger alternators, heavy-duty suspension, strengthened floorpans, and a certified calibrated speedometer. Designed as more of a highway chase-car than full-on police cruiser, it had a traditional back seat with no separator panel. Most of the 15,000 or so examples built have been retired, but at least one remains in service.

Nowadays, retired SSP Mustangs are among the most desirable Fox-bodies out there, thanks to their upgraded equipment and lightweight chassis. It was for these reasons that R&T contributor Matt Farah used an SSP as a base to build his wide-body Mustang track car.

a car parked on the side of a road: The Nebraska State Police Still Use a 1993 Mustang© Nebraska State Patrol The Nebraska State Police Still Use a 1993 Mustang
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