1985 Ford Mustang SVO
After weathering two fuel crises, Ford decided to try it’s hand at turbocharging to offer an alternative to the venerable 302 to those who wanted something more efficient or a bit different – or by the time the Mustang SVO debuted in 1984, to offer an American alternative to those who had grown to like the sophisticated foreign sports cars of the time (280ZX Turbo, RX7, Supra, Starion, etc.). I’m getting ahead of myself, though. The SVO was not the first turbo car that Ford of America popped out; it was just the best one.
For consignment the Mustang’s venture into fuel efficiency with some extra power using a turbocharger. A low mileage example bought by our consigner as an investment and to have some enjoyable drives, all the while saving gas to boot! (15,196 original miles). A very clean original paint, original interior car in Fox body form right out of the square and rectangle design era of 1985. Gnarly, and some big hair thrown in, and now you’re savin’ gas and goin fast.
SVO stands for Special Vehicle Operations department which was created to breathe new life into the muscle car during the gas crisis. This example is bathed in factory Silver Metallic, and has black accenting. An off-center hood scoop, for the turbo in front, and on back dual molded plastic spoilers, dual exhaust and a hatchback design. Paint and gaps are looking good in their original form and overall finish has a retained shine. Headlights are clear, and bumpers in their neoprene crash form are all good. 16-inch mag wheels are all around and covered in their original 225/50ZR16’s. Cheeuh!!
Some gray broadcloth some gray vinyl and some gray carpeting utilize multiple tones and textures to cover the door panels. Black actuators and power window toggles are mounted on as well. Inside matching light gray broadcloth with mini square patterning throughout create the inserts to the high back buckets, and darker gray broadcloth is reserved for the bolsters. All stitched with white thread and they are in very nice condition, no soils or faults as to tears etc. In the back 2 grabber 2 plus 2 buckets as a bench stretches across the rear of the car. Gray carpeting covers all the floors and looks just fine. A very clean molded center vinyl console houses the shifter, fog lamp switch and fuel switch for usage of premium gas, with a red LED digital clock. Just above is an AM/FM/Cassette player with all the built-in controls for sound mixing. The dash is a lighter charcoal textured vinyl and has black faced gauges deeply inserted. A nice padded rally steering wheel is fronting the dash. The fuzzy felted headliner is gray and looks good! Just like butter…
Under the hood, stuffed into a clean and well detailed engine bay is an inline 4-cylinder turbocharged 2.3-liter EFI engine. This is capable of producing 200hp. A T5 5-speed manual transmission is on back and for the rear drive axle a Ford 8.8 inch pumpkin with 3.73 trac-loc gears. Phat to the max.
Just like it drove out of the factory door, with virtually no road dirt, or splashed seen underneath. Just solid unibody construction, black shiny floorpans and rockers, and power disc brakes all around…Word..
Our resident muscle car expert drove this example and reported a surprising amount of power from the I-4 Turbo setup. It handled nicely and has bias free panic stopping. All functions were working nicely in this very clean interior and comfortable cruiser.
An investment car, bought, rarely used, but pampered for the future which is now, this 1985 SVO fuel saver come muscle car resurrection is available for the taking, and it will impress, as well as serve to absolutely NOT gag you with a spoon!
Location: Morgantown, Pennsylvania, United States
See listing: 1986 Ford Mustang SVO [15,196 Orig Miles/1 Owner] (from November 4, 2020)