Welcome to What If, a new feature from imaginative illustrator Abimelec Arellano and Hagerty. We'll be taking you back in time-and possibly forward into the future-to meet alternative-universe automobiles. Even better, our time machine is working well enough to bring "short take" reviews along with the photographs and advertisements. https://www.hagerty.com/media/what-if/what-if-2000-ford-crown-victoria-cobra-r/
I have a "what-if" 1977 Granada GT - Ford never saw fit to make one, so I had to make my own! It's a black two-door sporting Cragar SS mags. It has EFI with an Explorer upper/lower intake, 70mm mass air meter/TB, stock HO roller cam, GT40p heads, "K" code 289 hi-po exhaust manifolds, T-5, Truetrac, 3.55 gears, four wheel disc brakes, Global West upper/lower control arms, roller spring perches, adjustable strut rods, 1.25" front and 3/4" rear sway bars, 1972 Torino hood scoop, hood twist locks. Very peppy, handles like it's on rails - fun to drive and nice to look at, too. Wherever I go, it's always the only one even though Granadas were common as muck when they were in production.
I like these articles, and I don't know what the limitations of the software are, but I think some of these car pics miss the mark. I would tend to expect a better/complete set of ground effects, flared wheel wells, a more body contoured spoiler... and oh yeah - a hood
The old panther platform was one of FoMoCo's better ideas, despite it's faults, as evidenced by fleet durability, with body on frame construction, etc. I have a 17 year old town car with 160,000 miles that is decent shape for a daily driver instead of the F150 pickup truck, and it is perfect for the atrocious roads here in the northeast, will sail down the highway at a 100 all day long and still get 20 plus mpg.