Ford began supplying cars to police departments in the early 1900s. However, until the 1950s, the cars that departments purchased were not much different from cars sold to the general public. Beginning in the early 1950s, Ford began to market their cars to police departments by offering a wide range of options to better serve the police department's needs. These early custom cars boasted added safety, easier handling, more comfort, more power, more room, and more stamina.
Ford's mid-range trim from 1952 through 1956 was called Customline. The Customline was more expensive than the Mainline but less expensive than the Crestline or, later, the Fairlane.
This car - never in service - was donated by the Melbourne, Florida Police Department in 2006. It was used as a parade car by the department.