23K Original Miles: 1984 Ford Mustang SVO

With just over 23,000 original miles, this 1984 Ford Mustang SVO may be one of the lower mileage examples on the market right now. It’s an early production model, as evidenced by the recessed headlights, so it makes a bit less power than the later cars do. Still, it’s a formidable performer and remains in completely stock condition, offered for sale by the original owner, and there can’t be too many SVOs left that can make this claim. The paintwork is a pretty Medium Canyon Red Metallic and appears to be in excellent shape. Find the SVO here on craigslist with an asking price of $18,500.

SVOs like this don’t come along that often. What I mean by that is it’s a survivor with low documented mileage but it isn’t priced out of reach for most collectors. The ask actually seems quite fair for any model of Fox body in this sort of condition, as the cosmetics clearly reflect a car in time-warp condition. The black foam spoilers are still lustrous, and the polished wheels appear to be quite mint. The mudflaps still show the blue oval in perfect colors, and the same goes for the black detail strip that goes through the middle of the taillights. These are all sorts of small details that usually appear faded out and weathered on driver-quality examples.

The engine bay likewise presents like that of a barely used car, with all hoses and belts still looking fresh. The 2.3L turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder was a home run for Ford, demonstrating the potential of turbocharging and offering a viable alternative to V8 power. The seller doesn’t go into any great detail about the SVO’s maintenance history, but if they can remember the date the SVO rolled off the production line (November 10, 1983), then I’d like to assume they were fairly stringent about keeping up with any maintenance needs. Of course, with mileage this low, its needs may have been fairly small. I hope it still has its original Koni shocks.

The interior is quite nice, with gray leather showing minimal signs of stress. Still, the driver’s left side leg bolster appears to be a bit blown out, at least more than I’d expect for a low mileage specimen. Overall though, there’s little to fault here, and I don’t see you losing your money on a survivor SVO like this. Of course, the value is largely tied up in the low mileage, so I’d be careful not to go too crazy with roadtrips and daily errand running, but then again – why not? These were fairly reliable sports cars, and you so rarely see them today that it’d surely draw a crowd wherever it went.


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  1. JoeNYWF64

    Why would the wipers not park properly with such low mileage?

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    • Neil Chirico

      Because they are installed incorrectly. Easy fix!

  2. t-bone BOB

    Located in Windsor, SC

  3. RussellS

    I had 23k on my SVO after 9 months! I’m glad I owned one, it was a great car. I hope this finds a happy home and gets driven.

  4. man ' war

    Sold as of yesterday.

  5. Bhowe Member

    I’m going to need to unsubscribe from this site and newsfeed. There are entirely too many cars showing up here than I can possibly find room to store and funds to procure. Way too much stuff that I like. Keep up the good work. My family doesn’t appreciate all the things I find here and all the discussion I have trying to figure out how to get them.

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  6. Rod

    Looks like a nice original example with the original front Koni’s. Dealer or aftermarket cruise control added.

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