1966 FORD CUSTOM 2DR FORMER VA STATE POLICE CAR, #66-255 You are looking at an authentic 1966 Ford Custom 2dr sedan, VA State Police Car. This is not an imitation or clone it is the real deal. VA along with several other states ran 2 door police cars making them even more desirable among collectors today. In 1966 VA ordered their cars for some reason with the 410 Mercury engine instead of the 428 police interceptor engine. In case you dont already know the 410 was only produced in 1966-67 and supposedly only available in full size Mercurys. I have seen no literature that shows this engine available in anything else but VA got Ford to install it in their cruisers in 1966. I am not aware of any other state ordering these engines in their Fords in 66 nor do I know how many cars VA ordered in 66. The car number is written inside the trunk lid the same way the VA State Police still do to this day. This cars number is 66-255, making this the 255 car VA took delivery of in 66. In the past few years police cars have become very collectible and you know how hard it is to find an authentic car in any condition and then it will probably be a 4dr. This particular car has always been a solid black unmarked car and has 80,057 original miles on it. At the time this car was in service VA pulled them out of service around 70-75K miles. The gentleman that I purchased this car from about 7 years ago bought it from a friend who bought it from the state of VA in the early 70s. He drove it for a year or two and then parked it behind his garage in Elliston, VA. I have several inspection receipts and previous registrations for the car; the last time it was inspected was in 1975 with 79K miles on it. I also have what is left of the original owners manual, it is pretty tattered but comes with the car. I had known of the car for many years and had tried to buy it as long as I had known of it; in 2005 he finally decided to part with it. The vin# is 6N53M170872, the 6th digit denotes the engine, in this case an M which is the 410 Mercury engine. The remaining door tag info is: Body 62E=Custom 2dr sdn Color A=Black Trim 12=Blue Date 03F=June 3, 1966 DSO 250287= 25 Richmond, 0287 special order Axle 4= 3.25:1 Trans 1=3spd manual The car is equipped with the 410 engine, 3speed manual transmission. Manual steering and power brakes. It has an AM radio, day/nite mirror and quick release safety belts. Police cars also came equipped with full rubber floor covering where standard Customs came with carpeting. This car also has the calibrated speedometer with 2mph increments instead of the normal 5mph. The front seat is equipped with metal stab guards in the back rest to prevent the driver from getting stabbed through the seat. It also has the heavy duty suspension and 3 front brakes. This car has ground straps on everything from both hood hinges to the firewall and from tail pipes to the frame; I wont begin to count the ground straps. VA still installs straps on their new police cars like this. As you can see from the pictures the car needs and deserves a total restoration. It has a ton of potential and is a great start. The car really is in remarkable condition for sitting outside for over 30 years. It was started periodically in the beginning but as time passed it just sat. I got the car running when I purchased it, the engine runs very good on a jug and still has the rare open air breather on it. However it is not drivable, I have driven the car around the yard and shifted through the gears. The transmission shifts great as well and the 3spd. shifter is very tight. The car does not have any brakes, the exhaust is rusted through and it can only be run for 1 gallon at a time. The car sat in the open not under trees, this helped save the body of the car but did a number on the interior. The interior has been completely baked; NOS upholstery material is available through SMS auto fabrics. The rare full rubber floor covering is dirty but in good shape. The body of the car is very good, there is rust in the lower trunk pan and the left rear foot well of the floor boards. The rest of the floors are great, some of the original red oxide primer is still visible on the floor pans. The only other rust in the car is in the outer left side door skin and surface rust where the original paint has washed off with time. The inner fenders, radiator support, even the battery tray is great. The frame is solid and clean, what damage there is was done by sitting outside for years. The hood, trunk, & doors open and close with ease. The doors are tight and the hinges do not sag at all. Both quarter panels and rocker panels are perfect. I do have a clear VA title to the car that is in my name. I hate to sell this car but I would love to see it go to someone who will give it the restoration that it deserves.
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