Flawless Mustang SVO Only Has 39k Original Miles
Mustang SVO debuted back in the ’80s, and it was akin to watching a spaceship land right in front of you. Let us reminisce.
Today, the idea of a proper four-cylinder Mustang is nothing shocking. You can thank Ford’s decision to eschew V6 power in favor of a twin-turbo Ecoboost Mustang for that. But when the Mustang SVO dropped back in 1984, it truly shocked the world. The limited production model immediately became one of the fastest (and most expensive) Mustangs you could buy. Which blew the minds of pretty much every 5.0-liter devotee on the planet.
Today, you don’t see a ton of these cool Mustang SVO examples on the road. But when you do, they’re unmistakable. Especially when your hi-po four banger has a mere 39k miles on the odometer, like this Dark Charcoal beauty we spotted over at The Classic Car Network. Today, this classic Foxbody looks every bit as good as that low mileage might indicate. Credit years of love and what was probably a tough decision to avoid flogging this Mustang SVO for that.
Ford’s decision to go with a forced-induction four-banger shouldn’t have come as a surprise, however. The ’80s were a dark time in the automotive world, a time when strict emissions standards and rising fuel costs rendered thirsty, powerful engines less desirable. So Ford’s newly formed Special Vehicle Operation Department (SVO) did the logical thing and slapped a turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-liter mill into their Foxbody and called it a day.
Seeing this incredibly preserved ride is truly a time warp for those of us lucky enough to be around in the early ’80s. When the Mustang SVO first debuted in 1984, it was something akin to a spaceship landing in front of us. Today, no one can deny the influence this car had on future performance rides. Especially now that the once shocking four-cylinder Mustang is back on the road again.