The Ford Mustang SVO has long represented an interesting footnote in the pony car’s illustrious history, a unique-looking machine with turbocharged four-cylinder power that represented a big departure for the iconic model. We’ve seen the values of nicely kept SVOs creep up in recent years, and that should include this very nice 1984 Ford Mustang SVO that’s currently up for grabs over at Cars & Bids.
This 1984 Ford Mustang SVO has just over 13k original miles, a stunningly low figure for a nearly 40-year-old vehicle, and it looks the part as well. The Silver Metallic beauty is completely original and unmodified as well, which makes it an even more desirable collectible than it already was, particularly since its one of 642 built to this exact spec in the 1984 model year.
The SVO became famous mainly for what lies under the hood – Ford’s turbocharged 2.3L inline-four cylinder engine that was originally rated to produce 175 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque, which flows to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. Thanks to its lighter weight and excellent weight distribution, the SVO was a capable handler for its time, to boot.
In addition to the drivetrain, the SVO featured a number of additional upgrades including a Traction-Lok rear axle, 16-inch wheels, a Hurst shifter, and a boost gauge. Unique bodywork on the outside helps make these special Mustangs easy to identify, with features including a functional hood scoop, dual-wing spoiler, and a unique front fascia.
Today, the idea of a turbocharged, four-cylinder Ford Mustang is not at all shocking, as there are multiple iterations of the EcoBoost to choose from. But the SVO is the car that paved the way for that to happen in the first place, and that makes it an important part of pony car history.