A four-door convertible with roll hoop, harnesses, a five-speed swap that’s prepped for abuse, a hopped up V8 and more. I’ll be honest, readers…the seller says “sleeper drag car” and that might have been the idea when this 1990 Ford LTD Crown Victoria convertible was put together, but at first glance this looks like the automotive equivalent of Andrew W.K. on an energy-drink binge: there will be heavy amounts of partying going on that nobody has seen before. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this was a cheap estate sale that got into the wrong hands and got turned into a field car that went way too far. But you’d be misjudging what’s really going on here.
The seller’s own words say that he built the car as a “gutted sleeper drag car” that was built for fun and was barely used. The GT40-headed 5.0L V8 packs an E303 cam, an Edelbrock RPM2 EFI manifold, and Crane roller lifters, and the T5 five-speed has a McLeod bellhousing with a Wilwood hydraulic clutch. Flowmasters announce the Vicky’s presence while an 8.8 axle with a limited-slip gets the power to the ground. In a Mustang, that’s a fun ride. In a Crown Victoria, that’s a freakshow. In a convertible Crown Victoria, that’s something that would leave those in the game scratching their heads in pure wonder.
Sometimes, though, the only reason you need is simply, “Because I can.” Just rationalize it: this is a family sedan at heart, and you’re in the clear!