Flawless Mustang SVO Only Has 39k Original Miles

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1984 Mustang SVO

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.

1984 Mustang SVO

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.

1984 Mustang SVO

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.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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