Seller Submission: 1986 Ford Mustang SVO

 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 2055 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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