3. Ford Mustang SSP
The Ford Mustang SSP (Special Service Package), or Mustang LX Highway Patrol Car, was produced for American law enforcement agencies between 1982 and 1993. The primary purpose of the adapted sports car was to deliver a faster option for law enforcement as compared to the heavier sedans being offered by auto manufacturers to police agencies at the time. Although the vehicle has not been produced in more than a decade, it remains in use in many locations throughout the United States. Featuring Ford’s 5.0 V8 engine, the automobile was sold in both a coupe and hatchback edition and had the option for either a four speed automatic or five speed manual transmission. As the legacy Mustangs age, their role in active law enforcement has been transitioning for use as DARE cars, display automobiles, and specialized training autos.