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.

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