V8? Check. Manual gearbox? Check.
The idea behind the Ford Mustang SSP was both simple and brilliant: start with a Fox body Mustang, strip it down, and turn it into a fast cop car. SSP stands for Special Service Package and it was designed specifically for police departments. Built from 1982 until 1993, a total of 15,000 examples were made for police departments across North America. Needless to say, they were immensely popular among the police officers who drove them. The reason? Standard V8 power and a weight reduction over the civilian version. This allowed for a relatively lightweight and fast police car.
The Mustang SSP was also made famous for its use as a chase vehicle for the U-2 spy plane. Even the FBI and US Drug Enforcement Agency acquired a few for their own respective needs. Many are still around today and are often sought after collector's cars, but not too many of them are in the amazing condition as this one being offered by Mecum Auctions.
This 1989 Ford Mustang SSP is one of 32 examples ordered by the Canadian Mounted Police, and one of only four for the Saskatchewan province. Given its age, it's still in remarkable condition inside and out. The blue interior still has a service-ready radio (shotgun not included), while the two-tone blue and white exterior has police lights and sirens, and the official Royal Canadian Mounted Police livery. Power comes from the 5.0-liter V8 used in Mustangs at the time, so figure around 157 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.
But what makes this example all the more special is that it's equipped with a five-speed manual transmission instead of the more popular four-speed slushbox. Exact mileage, unfortunately, is not listed, but the car does come with photographs from during its time in service.
From the looks of things, this example could be in nearly mint condition, a fact that'll likely help it command a respectable price. Speaking of which, Mecum does not offer a price estimate but we've seen previous Mustang SSPs being offered for relatively affordable prices, though they weren't at this level of condition.
The Mecum auction itself remains scheduled to take place this May, though we wouldn't be surprised to see this change given the current climate.