Awakening: ’84 Ford Mustang SVO
We’ve talked about the death of the muscle car in other listings. Today’s featured SVO Mustang represents the awakening of the muscle car spirit at Ford. Ford wanted to get back in the game so they created the Special Vehicle Operation Division. The Mustang was the first assignment. They opted to work with the inline 4 instead of a big, guzzling 5.0 liter V8. The standard version put out around 175hp. In addition to the advanced turbocharged engine, the SVO featured several key modifications over the standard Mustang to help increase performance. The front suspension geometry was modified, 15:1 ratio power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system, a limited slip, Traction-Lok axle was added for the first year of production, ventilated four-wheel-disc braking system, specially designed pedals were used to aid shifting and a complete Koni suspension system featuring specially tuned adjustable struts, shocks. Five-lug, 16 × 7 inch aluminum wheels wearing P225-50R16 VR Goodyear Eagle “Gatorback” tires were standard as well. The rear disc brakes, the five lug hubs, the sixteen inch wheels, the quad-shock rear end, and the Konis were used on the SVO before any other Mustang. Interior was only available in charcoal grey and included adjustable sport seats with lumbar supports, power windows, door locks, A/C and a premium stereo system. Today’s featured SVO was a special order with A/C delete. That means someone wanted to go really fast. It has covered only 32,000 miles, hopefully not a quarter mile at a time. The seller has done some further modifications boosting the power to close to 224hp! To top things off, it has a sunroof. The seller is asking $14,800. SCM Price Guide has these going for around $7500 but Hagerty says one in this condition could be worth $17,000. Click here for the listing.