Los Angeles – November 2, 2021 – Jay Leno today unveiled “Project 11-99”, a pair of Ford Special Service Package Mustangs during the SEMA show in Las Vegas that honor the 40th anniversary of the California Highway Patrol vehicle program. The matching 1982 and current generation Special Service Ford Mustangs appearing in the Jay Leno’s Garage – Advanced Vehicle Care booth (#10012).
“The iconic Special Service Mustangs were built by Ford to assist officers in keeping the public safe,” said Jay Leno. “Our ’Project 11-99 vehicles honor the hard-working men and women of the California Highway Patrol, along with all law enforcement professionals across the country, who protect and serve. We chose to demonstrate our appreciation for their selfless dedication through a pair of matching Ford Mustangs that exhibit the incredible advancements in law enforcement vehicles over the past 40 years.”
In the early 1980s, the CHP partnered with Ford Motor Company to develop the Mustang SSP because patrol vehicles of that era could not keep up with modern high-performance sports cars. They worked together to develop and test a car that could be purchased by the California Highway Patrol.
The result was a package based on a GL model Ford Mustang. Costing $6,868.00 each, the cars featured the following upgrades:
- Ford high performance 302 CI V8 engine
- 4 speed manual transmission
- Radio delete option
- Special Service Package
- Certified speedometer
- 08 Traction-lok rear axle
- Single key locking
- Relocated rear decklid button (moved from glove box to right side of steering column)
- Air conditioning
One of the 406 ordered by the CHP for the 1982 model year, the Project 11-99 car was assigned to the Hanford CHP office and retired from service in 1985. Only six hatchback SSP Mustangs were built and delivered to the CHP in 1982.
Specialist Eric Gaona fully restored the 1982 Ford Mustang using all original CHP equipment to return the car to as-delivered condition. Fully equipped for patrol duty, the car uses period correct headlight flashers, lighting and Motorola radio equipment. Lacking only the CHP officer and the CHP-issued Remington shotgun in its console mounted gun lock, the Ford Mustang is ready for duty- circa 1982.
The second vehicle on display is a one-off 40th anniversary Special Service Mustang based on the current Ford Mustang GT. The paint scheme was penned by the Ford Design to celebrate the first series of CHP Mustangs.
This car is equipped with the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 mated to a six-speed manual transmission, in the tradition of the original CHP Mustang SSP cars; all of which were manual transmission cars. The interior was reworked with base seats and trim, along with the certified police speedometer. The rear deck lighting utilizes the current Whelen-CHP spec lighting package. Per California law, a steady burning red light was added to the spotlight to match the original cars.
This build was done by the craftsmen at Galpin Auto Sports, with assistance from Eric Gaona. The license plate carries the number 11-99 as a nod to the CHP 11-99 Foundation, which serves the officers and supports the CHP community. 11-99 is the radio code for “officer needs assistance.”
The cars are prominently displayed inside the main lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the Jay Leno’s Garage – Advanced Vehicle Care booth. Legendary comedian, world-renowned car guy and former host of the Tonight Show, Leno worked closely with product engineers and chemists to develop easy-to-use formulations that offer world-class shine and protection. The company – which shares its name with the Emmy-award winning television series – offers a range of detailing solutions, tools and accessories.
Available under the Jay Leno’s Garage – Advanced Vehicle Care brand, the company makes its products in the USA. The line includes products used on his cars that helped him win multiple Concours level car shows.
About “Jay Leno’s Garage”
Hosted by legendary comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno and produced in conjunction with Original Productions and Big Dog Productions/Kitten Kaboodle, “Jay Leno’s Garage” is now in its second season on CNBC airing Wednesdays at 10 pm ET/PT. Season one of “Jay Leno’s Garage” was the most watched freshman season in CNBC history. Jay Leno explores our obsession with all things automotive. From classic cars to supercars and everything in-between, Jay is hitting the road to discover the most exciting, weird and wonderful vehicles ever made and meet the passionate people behind their wheels. Each one-hour themed episode features a mix of stunts, challenges, reviews, and celebrity interviews that showcases the colorful history of the automobile. Whether he’s exploring the story of an iconic brand, road-testing the newest super car, or investigating the latest automotive innovations, there is no wheel Jay won’t get behind to tell the story of our love affair with the car. The show is an outgrowth of jaylenosgarage.com, which Jay produces and which has an international following on the Web and which has garnered several Emmy Awards and nominations for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs. Information is available at www.lenosgarage.com.