It seems that I’ve been on a Cadillac kick lately. Talisman, Coupe de Ville, Laurie Kraynick’s most excellent 1970 Fleetwood Brougham…the list goes on. So let’s switch gears just a little, and check out the Broughamier Ford offerings of the late 1980s. The LTD Crown Victoria. So buckle up, we’re going back to Broughamville, ladies and gents! I’m sure you’re shocked. Not. Don’t worry though, there’s Jag V12 and Porsche 944 posts in the works, soon!
1979 LTD Landau, spotted by your author in downtown Davenport.
Ford was not nearly as interested in downsizing their biggies as General Motors was in the late 1970s, but CAFE and the unbelievable success of the 1977 B-body GMs meant it had to be done sooner or later.
I have always loved the Ford LTD. The top trim full-size Ford. Top of the heap. The most Broughamtastic. But what does LTD stand for? There are many opinions. One favorite is “Luxury Trim Decor.” But no one is certain. Ford never truly defined it. But no matter what one’s opinion is on the lux-Ford acronym, one thing it most certainly meant was luxury.
If I start talking about the LTD’s history, we’ll be here all night. And I want to focus on my favorite, the 1975-78 models, so let’s try to be concise, shall we? The Ford LTD first came on the scene in 1965, as a deluxe trim Galaxie 500, available initially in two- and four-door hardtop versions.