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 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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Juuuuuuust a little bit of extra room in the engine bay with the 4-banger!
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Standing room… to make it easier to work in the engine bay.
Wow, 2,055 HP out of a 2.3 Pinto engine!
Jon Huber would be impressed; he's only managed to get a bit over 1000 hp out of a Pinto engine. 🙂
I see it's also running a Capri hatch, although there's no mention of that in the ad.
I thought the same thing about the Capri Hatch, but let the SVO badge throw me off of it.
Got a bit over zealous with the use of the 555555555555 key on my keyboard…whoops, happened again! Perhaps I need to clean my keyboard.
The Capri hatch isn't horrible, but the original double spoiler hatch was part of the SVO cool factor. Without it, something just seems off.
The picture showing the rear end must have been during construction. I don't see any exhaust system unless… Thats where the extra 1800 horsepower came from. I always liked the looks of these cars (OK I liked the offset hood scoop) I wonder how much faster and furiouser you could boost the Pinto motor before it blowed up real good?
it's so un-Mustang! this is really cool.
Cool car, great mix of new and old technology.
It's Bubblicious and the original Bi-plane hatch is included.
easy to get to 300Hp with a few small mods 450hp with a few cubic dollars.
Yes the underside pic is during install so no exhaust visible.
Seems to be fast enough as it is. IMHO
The speedometer is enough to make me want this car. It goes up to 85 and then past that there's just red hash marks. Like the Ford designers had doubts, hesitations, or second thoughts about any speeds past 85 and just wouldn't acknowledge them. I'd label that part of the speedo the "Danger Zone". Coincidence that Top Gun also is from 1986? I think not! "That's right Ice Man… I am dangerous!"
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– What happens after 85mph?
– I can't say.
What happens after 85MPH? Your Mullet blows off and your parachute pants fall down and you find yourself back in the future. It happens every time.
I'm going have to add Danger Zone to my Schvoe cruising play list and of course some aviator shades. Wife says it goes or me. But you cant threaten a guy with a good time.
I know she doesn't mean that. What she really means is get that thing out of my Porsche parking space in the garage. Some one please get this thing outta here.
What happens after 85mph, stays in Vegas.
Or Pintos, in this case.