15k: Silver Fox: 1984 Ford Mustang SVO, 32k miles

When the Fox Mustang was released in 1979 Ford enthusiasts were thrilled with the re-emergence of a properly proportioned Mustang with a renewed focus on V8 performance.  Few expected that a Special Vehicles Team version would appear in 1984 with a turbocharged 4-banger that was faster, more expensive and cooler than the V8.  This 1984 Ford Mustang SVO is for sale in Houston, TX for $13,800 via craigslist.

This SVO is offered in excellent shape with an advertised 32k miles on the odometer – a minty clean example for sure.  This one was sold from the factory with AC delete, which sounds great for the track but isn’t exactly what you want in a weekend cruiser or low mile “show” car.

The SVO shunned traditional “no replacement for displacement” mantra with a turbocharged and intercooled Ford Pinto 2.3 liter SOHC inline-4, good for 175 horsepower and 210 ft-lbs of torque in 1984.  Power is not overwhelming in the SVO, but it is peppy enough to push the stock Koni-adjustable shock equipped chassis around with some gusto.

The inside of this SVO shows in great shape for the vintage and proudly features a huge unicorn horn shaped shifter connected to the borg-warner T-5 manual gearbox.  The SVO dashboard is a let down since it uses standard Ford plastic crap from the parts bin, but the seats offer substantial bolstering and are comfortable.

 This is really top of the market for an SVO, but the miles are low and the car looks good.  See a better special vehicle? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com