This next car coms as a tip from Rock On who called it a “bundle of snakes”…which surprised me because I hadn’t put the Taurus SHO in the same snake-in-the-box paradigm as something like a ’70s Italian sportscar or an ’80s Jag. Did Ford pickup were Jaguar left off — did they have a factory of careless workers assembling something that was so needlessly complicated that failure is only a turn of the key away at any given time? I’m not sure, but I have heard reports of transmission issues and consistently leaking oil pan…what can the ex-SHOwners in the audience tell us? Find this 1993 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $5500 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The original iteration (1989-1991 & 1992-1995) Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output) was a love letter from the engineers at Ford’s Special Vehicle Team to everyone who wanted to have fun in a sedan. It had a screaming Yamaha V6, a 5-speed manual gearbox, and Conan O’Brien’s seal of approval. In 1996 Ford introduced a V8 SHO that had more O in the SHO, but it lacked the S…because it was only available with a slushbox auto and buyers went elsewhere after 1999. A few years later (in 2010) Ford introduced a new version of the SHO that had a whopping 365 horsepower from a twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine and all-wheel-drive…but a 6-speed slushbox auto. Find this 2011 Ford Taurus SHO offered for $9995 or best offer in Cherry Hill, NJ via eBay.
Remember the time when only nutty people drove fast cars? Most everybody else just picked something to get them from point A to point B, but a small group of nutters knew how to select cool options and get themselves into something that might spin off the road or burst into flames at point C. […]
The Taurus SHO (Super High Output) was a limited edition sports sedan built by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team, yup the same guys who developed the SVO Mustang, Mustang Cobra, etc. A first generation SHO may feel slow in comparison to today’s big DOHC V6s mounted in every economy sedan (or the twin turbo 3.5 V6 […]
Ford Exec’s circa 1984: “Man…other than the Mustang our line up is B-O-R-I-N-G!!! We need to have some fun with a sedan, throw some smack down on them-der Germans ya know. Screw the Europeans…let’s get a Japanese company to massage us a proper engine for shits & giggles!” Find this 1992 Ford Taurus SHO for sale […]
For the 1996 model year, the Ford Taurus SHO was completely re-envisioned by the madmen at Ford’s Special Vehicles Team. Gone was the revv happy Yamaha tuned V6 mated to an optional 5-speed and in its place was a 3.4 liter V8 attached to a 4-speed automatic. If you are willing to live with an […]
The second time the SHO name appeared on the back of a Taurus was in the second generation Taurus built from 1991 through 1995, and it used the same Yamaha built V6 for shredding the front tires. Today, it is one of the more interesting ways to go 143 mph in a sedan for less […]
Ford’s special vehicles team (SVT) was busy celebrating their success with the SVO Mustang when they decided it was time to show those Germans a thing or two about building a sport sedan. The took the basic Dn-5 platform Tarurus and added a high revving V6 to create a sleeper in its day. Find this […]
By and large, people tend to be creatures of habit, specifically when it comes to stocking their garage with vehicles from a particular manufacturer. Sometimes when the habit gets out of hand, the seller needs to thin the herd, and today’s seller is offering a trio of late ’80s Fords for a decent price. Find […]
One of the more unfortunate tendencies of human beings is to reduce a culture to stereotypes and rash generalizations. For example, the Dakotas are not merely Fargo jokes and wide open spaces, but an exercise in pragmatism. As in, inexpensive land, low taxes, low unemployment, low crime (except for that fellow with the woodchopper) and […]