Here’s a car for your inner Barney Fife

Here’s a car for your inner Barney Fife

Pick of the Day is a police-badged 1958 Ford Custom 300

Barney Fife, your car is ready!

OK, so the Pick of the Day isn’t Fife’s Mayberry patrol car, but it is a 1958 Ford Custom 300 4-door sedan that the Lutz, Florida, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com says “is believed to be a true Tampa Police cruiser.”

It’s also “the kind of car that’s going to get you invited to everything from parades to charity events,” the dealer adds.

The car comes with a Tampa Police code book, and even without the authentic Tampa Police decals, spotlight, radio and rooftop and dashboard  red lights, it’s a post-war American classic with two-tone door panels, new headliner and a 292cid Ford V8 with “Interceptor Special” badging on its air cleaner.

“This is even believed to be the original motor to the car,” the dealer adds. “The V8 fires up and runs with the kind of eagerness that it’s ready to serve its community. Plus, power steering and the column-shifted three-speed automatic transmission give you proper control.”

The car is being offered for $19,995.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


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  • Mike Snyder
    August 12, 2019, 5:18 AM

    Hello the editor shouldn’t be writing about cars if he has no clue. That engine is a 4 cyl probably out of a pinto. That car should have a V8.
    Original engine my ass!!!!

    • Allen Doan@Mike Snyder
      August 12, 2019, 7:09 AM

      The picture of the engine is not from this car. If you look at the actual display pictures, they show the correct engine.

      • Larry Edsall@Allen Doan
        August 12, 2019, 7:22 AM

        Good catch, Allen. I’ve replaced the wrong engine (above) with the correct one. — Larry

        • Ryan Corman@Larry Edsall
          August 12, 2019, 12:00 PM

          I’m thinking the "gotcha trolls" should rein it in. Manners count, donchakno-

  • Paschasius Radburtus
    August 12, 2019, 7:20 AM

    Keep it !

  • Jack D
    August 12, 2019, 10:18 AM

    292 was not the "Interceptor Special "
    engine. That was the 352.

  • Geoff Hogan
    August 12, 2019, 11:46 AM

    The engine is not a 292, but a 332 Interceptor. I believe 1958 was the first year for this engine which used the FE block

    • Mike Paull@Geoff Hogan
      August 12, 2019, 4:49 PM

      Mr Geoff Hogan,
      You are absolutely correct. The first "Interceptor" in Fords new "FE series" engines was the 332 in 1958 as is pictured in this article. Many forget about the ole 332 as it just looked like the later 352 in ’59 and then the 390 in I believe 1960-61.

      • Wiliam Nagel@Mike Paull
        August 13, 2019, 5:59 AM

        Hay,,, I have an original owners manual for this car. The one that would come in the glove box in a new car. If you want it just pay the shipping costs.