Model: Ford LTD (Crown Victoria)
Release: 1997 Premiere World Class
eBay link: Matchbox Premiere Ford LTD
Why I am featuring it: The mid-80s is my favourite era of Matchbox. As a kid, it felt like every new casting was a winner. I bought the first release of the MB184 Ford LTD (Crown Victoria) police car when it joined the range in 1987 and have accumulated a few different ones since, but this Premiere World Class release from a decade later, in authentic Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) deco, is the one I like best.
Here it is with the debut release from the basic 1-75 Miniatures range, which is also pretty nice, but you can see the difference that the Premiere’s extra detailing makes.
For completists, there are three different casting numbers attached to the Matchbox Ford LTD. In addition to the police car, which stuck around until 2000, there was a taxi spin-off (MB235) and a plain-roof version (MB467) that appeared as part of the Character Cars line in 2000, in blue with a Jim Carrey figure from Ace Ventura Pet Detective. That one was a bit of a stretch given that he drove a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the movie!
In addition to FHP, there are two other nice Premiere versions of the Ford, in the state police colours of Virginia and New Jersey. Like most of the Premiere releases, they can all be found for under $10, which makes them terrific value.