Law enforcement has a long history of using various types of Ford vehicles for all kinds of reasons, ranging from modern-day rigs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E to the plain-old Ford E-Series surveillance vans that are quite popular in movies and TV shows. Every so often, we see an ex-FBI vehicle pop up for sale, but few are quite as cool as this one – a 1999 Ford E-450 Super Duty up for grabs at Bring a Trailer that was indeed owned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation until the seller acquired it earlier this year.
As one might imagine, this Ford E-450 goes far beyond what one might see in a typical surveillance van, as it’s been treated to an expansive array of modifications. From the outside, it looks something like a mix between a camper and a box truck, as it’s fitted with a roll-out awning, power connection ports, a ladder, and storage lockers with a diesel generator inside, but it still seems a bit plain with its boring white paint and regular old steel wheels.
The same goes for the front portion of the cabin, which is just stock E-Series with gray cloth and few frills, save for air conditioning, power seats, locks, and windows, along with cruise control. However, the rear compartment is essentially a portable office complete with a fridge, work surfaces, household power outlets, a fire extinguisher, two ceiling-mounted ventilation fans, storage cabinets and drawers, and a control panel for the generator and climate control system.
Power for this cool rig comes from the venerable Ford 7.3L V8 Power Stroke diesel, which was factory-rated to produce 235 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to a Quigley 4×4 conversion kit, it sends power to all four corners – including dual rear wheels – via a four-speed automatic transmission. Truthfully, while it’s a cool piece of law enforcement kit, we can certainly see someone turning this E-450 into a camper of some sort, as it’s already halfway there, however.