Unique, low production cars are like buried treasure: you know they're out there, but they're almost impossible to find. That's especially true when you're looking for a showroom fresh limited production vehicle like this fully documented, completely original 1986 Mustang SVO. With only 12,720 summer time miles, it is absolutely one of the finest Mustang SVOs on the planet, and with a price that's almost $10K lower than the last two SVOs we've sold; it's going to disappear faster than gold bars on a pirate ship.
When the SVO debuted, it was given the tagline “The Machine Speaks for Itself” and since this sale includes the original window sticker, I'll let it introduce the car:
MUSTANG SVO 2-DOOR HATCHBACK: $15,272
CHARCOAL/GREY CLOTH/VINYL PERFORMANCE BUCKETS
Front air dam with integral fog lights: STD
Performance suspension with adjustable shocks & struts: STD
8000 RPM tachometer & turbo boost gauge: STD
Locking lug nuts & 4-wheel power disc brakes: STD
Remote control fuel filler door & functional hood scoop: STD
Leather wrapped controls & tilt steering wheel: STD
Tinted glass-complete & light/convenience group: STD
Manual air conditioning & power side windows: STD
AM/FM electric stereo cassette & premium sound system: STD
Power lock group & dual illuminated visor mirrors: STD
Dual wing rear spoiler & 16x7 cast aluminum wheels: STD
2.3L EFI turbo I4 engine with intercooler: $00
5-speed manual overdrive transmission: $00
Traction-Lok axle: $00
P225/50VR16 GSW tires: $00
TOTAL VEHICLE PRICE: $15,272
By the fall of 1981, the company had formed a division that would both oversee the company's racing program and coordinate the production of limited edition, high performance vehicles that were based on race proven technology. Officially dubbed the Special Vehicle Operations Department, this division would eventually be known to the public as simply SVO and is the pre-cursor to Fords modern day Special Vehicle Team, or SVT.
In the face of rising fuel costs, increasing emissions standards and spiraling performance numbers Ford decided to reinvent its legendary pony car. Tasked with developing something that was both plainly American and competent enough to compete with entry level European sports cars, SVO went to work on the newly updated 1983 Mustang. Officially introduced in 1984, the Mustang SVO was a limited production Fox body that had a short 3 year production run, and during that time was the fastest, most expensive version of the Mustang available. While it held the same spot at the top of the line up as the venerable BOSS and Shelby variants of the 60s and 70s, the SVO was dramatically different both physically and mechanically from its fuel thirsty, large displacement ancestors. It bolted a race bred turbo four cylinder into a sophisticated performance tuned suspension and wrapped a luxurious euro inspired cockpit in a tweaked body that put an updated spin on an American classic.
Averaging only 509 miles per year since it drove off Ed Mullinax Ford's showroom floor in October of 1986 the car has been treated as if its Metallic Silver body panels were made of glass. The glossy silver finish you see here is the cars original paint, and thanks to an accident free 25 year existence this Mustang still presents factory correct gaps and panel alignment. At the front of the car, you'll find SVOs unique front clip which houses exclusive aero shaped headlights. Behind that front clip, a functional hood scoop feeds cool air to the turbo charged engine and all original glass still displays correct factory tint. At the sides of the car, traditional overwrought 80s body molding was exchanged for crisp, clean lines that are highlighted by humble SVO front fender badges, small rear wheel spats and unique body matched quarter window trim. At the back of the car, a 'bi-plane' rear spoiler sits above a unique rear bumper cover and striped taillights which let the competition know that this isn't an everyday Mustang GT. Painstakingly maintained, this 25 year old survivor presents better than most 5 year old street cars, and the closer you get the more you begin to see just how well preserved it really is.
With the death of the V8 being yelled from roof tops across the country, SVO engineers opted to pass over Fords storied 302 in lieu of a turbocharged version of Ford's 2.3 liter inline four cylinder. The SVOs 2.3 liter SOHC I4 utilized a durable cast iron block, bulletproof cast iron heads and a new for 1986 water cooling system to produce a stout 8 to 1 compression ratio. The engine was further endowed with an advanced, computer controlled Bosch electronic fuel injection system and an intercooled Garrett T3 turbocharger which resulted in 205 horsepower and 240 lb./ft. of torque. That resulted in a quick for 1986 and brisk for today 6.7 second 0-60 time and a very impressive 140 MPH top speed. This Mustang SVOs all original engine is spotless and it's largely untouched engine bay features correct decals, fresh belts and hoses and an updated Optima gel cell battery.
In addition to the advanced engine, SVO included several key suspension and drivetrain modifications to help increase this cars performance. Inside the cars unitary steel chassis, a standard Borg Warner T5 5-speed manual transmission benefits from revised gearing and sends power to a Traction-Lok Posi-traction rear end with tall 3.73 gears. Around that drivetrain, a complete Koni suspension system replaces already competent Mustang GT hardware to create a car that is as good in the turns as it is on the straightaway. At the front of the car, modified suspension geometry combines with Koni telescopic gas pressurized shocks, a heavy duty anti roll bar and a 15:1 quick ratio power steering system to make turn in a cinch. Out back, the cars solid rear axle was fitted with quad Koni gas pressurized shocks, recalibrated coils, and a heavy duty anti roll bar to ensure the powerful motor and tall gears bite like a snake. At the corners, new ventilated four wheel disc brakes that include 11 inch front and 11.25 inch rear rotors sit behind five lug 16 inch aluminum wheels that wear 225/50/ z-rated BF Goodrich G-Force radials. The rear disc brakes, five lug hubs, 16 inch wheels, and Koni shocks were used on the SVO before any other Mustang and the four wheel disc brakes were a Fox body first. Aesthetically, everything under the car is solid, functions properly and has aged remarkably well hinting that this Mustang has probably spent most of its life in a weatherproofed garage. In fact, the only pieces that don't appear to be OEM are two dual chamber Flowmaster mufflers that have been seamlessly integrated into the cars factory dual exhaust system.
Inside this Mustang, the all original SVO interior features many luxury options that weren't normally found on small American coupes. The multi-adjustable Lear sport seats with hand pump operated lumbar supports feel firm and look great. An SVO specific leather wrapped tilt steering wheel complements a leather wrapped shift lever and emergency brake handle. On the euro inspired SVO specific door panels you'll find controls for the cars power windows and power door locks. In front of the driver, a straight European looking dash houses both an 8,000 RPM tachometer and boost gauge next to controls for the cars standard air conditioning. Below the dash, a pristine console holds a Hurst short throw shifter just behind a premium audio system and a trick 'fuel grade' switch that allows the driver to adjust the cars performance based on the octane rating of his fuel. Below the steering wheel specially designed pedals that allow easy heel and toe shifting hang above well-maintained carpet, and above the seats a tight and crisp headliner shows no wear at all. Out back, you'll find a 100% complete, factory fresh hatch. These cars weren't about flash and badging; they were made to directly compete with the Supra, 300ZX, BMW 3 series and other upscale sports cars, and according to magazine tests of the day, Ford's homework paid off.
Like all of our survivor cars, this Mustang comes with a lot of documentation. We have the original window sticker, a clear copy of that window sticker, the car's original dealer paperwork, the car's original title, a stack of service receipts, an original 1986 Mustang SVO magazine ad, some miscellaneous information about the SVO exterior trim package and two basic spec sheets.
Mustang SVO production lasted a mere three years, and because of the cars highly specialized nature, they were very exclusive. This '86 SVO was the last, and some would say the best, of the breed before Mustang performance once again became the exclusive domain of the V8. With its low mileage and 100% original equipment, this car would be right at home in any serious Mustang collection! Don't miss your opportunity to own a rare, fully documented piece of Mustang history; call today!
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