Ford introduced the SVO version of their Fox body Mustang as sporty alternative to the average pony car, and it did have Koni adjustable shocks, sporty seats, a lightweight turbocharged engine, and 5-speed gearbox…but, it still used the conventional stick-beam live axle out back…but not this one. Find this 1986 Ford Mustang SVO with Cobra IRS offered for $6,500 in Hood River, OR via craigslist. Seller submission from KC.
The SVO version was the most expensive Mustang you could buy between 1983 and 1986 and it packed a decent amount of technology for the time. Today’s SVO has a little surprise waiting for the next owner — the independent rear suspension from a later Cobra Mustang.
The live axle that came from the factory wasn’t a bad piece of engineering, it was equipped with a limited slip differential and 3.73 gears, Koni adjustable shocks with horizontal rear damper, and pie-plate sized disc brakes…but it isn’t as cool as the IRS unit you see here. Considerable fabrication work is needed to shoe-horn one of these into the Fox Mustang, but it should result in a car that handles better if properly setup.
The SVO shunned traditional “no replacement for displacement” mantra
with a turbocharged and intercooled Ford Pinto 2.3 liter SOHC inline-4,
good for 205
5 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque when you flick the dash located fuel switch to premium. Power is not
overwhelming in the SVO, but it isn’t bad for a car from the 1980s that costs less than a premium option package on a new car.
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