It’s been several years since the Ford Crown Victoria was discontinued, but the large sedan remains a favorite of many – a list that includes police departments and taxi cab services. Regardless, we’ve seen the Crown Victoria slowly face retirement at many of those entities across the U.S. over the past few years – along with the Transit Connect – replaced by other vehicles including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which began serving as a taxi in New York City nearly two years ago. Now, it seems as if the very last Ford Crown Victoria taxi cabs in the Big Apple are inching toward their proverbial grave as well, according to The New York Times.
Amazingly, there are still two Ford Crown Victoria NYC taxi cabs in operation, both of which are 12 years old, and one of which has a whopping 550,000 miles on the clock, while the other has 491k showing on the odometer. Ravinder Sharma purchased the higher-mile sedan new, and loves it so much that he has fought to keep it going ever since, even as the Taxi and Limousine Commission notes that both have already passed the seven-year mark in operation and should be retired.
Regardless, the owners of these Crown Vics have been keen to fight the city to keep them on the road, skipping inspections that would have resulted in their meters being seized and rendering them unfit for service. The drivers must now head to administrative hearings to answer summonses issued following these violations, and if they lose, the agency can send wireless signals to shut down their meters remotely. Additionally, the drivers face possible fines and could even have their licenses suspended. Regardless, the drivers aren’t giving up by any means.
“You know you are in a classic taxi,” Sharma said. “I love this car. I’m thinking if they allow me to drive, I drive. If they don’t, I take my Social Security and retire.”