In 1967, the first Ford Falcon came off the line at Ford's St. Thomas Assembly in Talbotville, Ontario. Here is video from two weeks ago of the plant's final days — as it builds the very last of Ford's venerable Crown Victoria sedans.
Over the years, the 2,600,000 sq. ft. Canadian assembly plant built some of Ford's most famous — and infamous — vehicles — the Falcon, the Maverick, the Fairmont and even the Pinto. But it will always hold a special place in our hearts for being the birthplace of Ford's Panther-platform triumvirate — the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and the Lincoln Town Car.
The last of these, a Ford Crown Victoria headed to Saudi Arabia, came off the line two weeks ago.
View more of our coverage of the death of the Crown Vic below:
Today, the Ford Crown Victoria, a slope-nosed metal box with an unquenchable thirst for gas built with manufacturing methods Henry Ford would have recognized, died after 32 years of production. More »
After 32 years in production, the last Ford Crown Victoria will roll off the assembly line today. It's a record that surpasses all other North American vehicles, including the Model T. More »
With the demise of the Ford Crown Victoria in a few short months, police departments around the nation are scrambling to find a replacement. Or, like the city of Austin, Texas, they're buying enough now to last five years. More »
This brand-spankin'-new yellow New York taxi-ready Ford Crown Victoria fleet I stumbled across yesterday, springing up like a patch of daisies through the cracks of the concrete urban jungle of Hoboken, New Jersey, is both poignant and beautiful. More »