5k: Fun or Fast? 1986 Ford Mustang SVO
Legendary gunslinger, gambler, boxing referee, and mustache enthusiast Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (1848-1929) is quoted as saying “fast is fine, but accuracy is everything–oooff, dagumbit, yah shot my liver!” Earp never owned a Fox-body generation of Ford’s Mustang, but he was certainly talking about Ford’s Mustang SVO right before his liver was perforated with buckshot. Find this 1986 Ford Mustang SVO here on eBay offered for $8,600 buy-it-now located in Puyallup, WA. Tip from Sean T.
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 version that was fast, expensive, fun in the turns, and had a hood scoop that was just offset enough to look accidental.
The SVO shunned traditional “no replacement for displacement” mantra
with a turbocharged and intercooled Ford Pinto derived 2.3 liter SOHC inline-4,
good for 200 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque in 1986. 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.
Inside, you get a set of “sporty” seats, basic Mustang interior and a SVO specific fuel select button
that allowed you to run on low or high octane fuel — it retards
the timing when put in the regular fuel position. If you wanted the SVO, it only came with a clutch pedal and 5-speed manual gearbox.
See a better car with a multi-element wing? firstname.lastname@example.org
And there are these….though they're even more rare. Somehow, they aren't impossible to find.
Echo & repeat. My apologies. But I think these are even more forgotten than the SVO. Which is frankly delightful. And apparently, bikini babes traipsing through the sand love them. Must have ignored the silly No Parking signs…either that or it was another crazy night of drunk driving.
Or is it like the aliens building the pyramids? Check it out; NO tire tracks…
Oops. Now I'm going to get yelled at for free-flow writing off topic. Bad K2, BAD!
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Correct conclusion, RyanM! That is always my conclusion. That or it's a conspiracy. Or both. Yeah, both.
You referring to the Capri, or the early carbureted 2.3 turbo (RS and Mustang Cobra, yeah they really called it that) that made a screaming (well, more like a shaking, rattling, and rolling) 127HP?
The second generation Mercury Capri turbos. I wish I'd bought a Charcoal edition when they'd come out.
Thanks for the Crapi link K2 – I never knew that Mercury had done a bizarro-universe take on the SVO.
Hey, you're welcome! No problem. There are a couple of neat variants that you probably already know about. But in case you forgot one or two…
Charcoal Turbo RS
White Lighting (sometimes referred to White Magic)
And of course, the ASC conversions. I'm sure you've seen plenty of those so I won't post any images of those. Sorry for the bandwidth folks.
I'm guessing you guys will get a real kick from the Crimson Cat ad that states that it's faster 0-50 than a 944 and a 320i. Well, duh…then what happens after 50…hmm? 😉
Ah, the SVO…a pretty good car for its time, I'm sure someone somewhere's come up with an answer for the floppy biplane spoiler, a couple weeks in summer sun and that upper wing was drooping like someone forgot the blue pills for the porn shoot.
This is very close to where i live !
Guess what showed up on BaT today…
So the BIN just went up $2K?
I also assume someone saw Sean T's tip here and sent it in to BaT.
The car was for sale on the Seattle CL for a while last fall. I assumed it sold when it disappeared, but it was merely waiting…