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Here’s a car for your inner Barney Fife


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.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. 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!!!!

    • 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.


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