This navy blue die-cast car has a red stripe across the middle as well as moveable doors and a trunk that opens. It is a model of the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) vehicles used by the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) from 1992 to 2013. Styled with a city logo along the side, this Crown Victoria won special mention in a 1993 International Police Vehicle Design Competition in the magazine Law and Order. The GRPD Crown Victorias were also featured in the 2011 movie 30 Minutes or Less. Filmed entirely in Grand Rapids, police officers cruised after two bank robbers in a high-speed car chase across the city.
CrownVictorias were the leading police pursuit vehicles on the market for more than a decade in the United States, Canada, and Saudi Arabia. Their rear-wheel drive, V8 engine power, and body-on-frame construction made them especially suited for law enforcement. In 2003, the CVPI became the world’s first automobile tough enough to withstand a 75-mph rear-impact crash. Now, the GRPD has replaced its fleet of 80 Crown Victorias with Ford Police Interceptor SUVs. These new autos feature V6 engines and all-wheel drive.
Discovery Cart: A is for Autos (February 4 2020) Discovery Carts connect visitors to Museum exhibits through hands-on exploration of objects in the Collection. Knowledgeable Discovery Cart facilitators engage guests with interactive activities and discussion questions during GRPM's open hours.
[Discovery carts are offered on a rotating schedule depending on facilitator availability]
Virtual Discovery Kit: A is for Autos (April 2020) Automobiles take us places, from school, to work, to leisure. Learn about the history of cars, Michigan’s impact in the automobile industry, traveling and what draws people to own and drive cars.