Bone Stock: 1986 Ford Mustang SVO

While I think the seller of this clean 1986 Ford Mustang SVO may be slightly ahead of the market in terms of pricing, it’s not by much. The SVO is listed for $10,500 or best offer, and that is where I consistently seeing the turbo Fords of the 80s selling for. Clean SVOs command a higher price than the Thunderbird Turbo Coupes and Merkur XR4Ti’s, usually with five-figure price tags. Check out the SVO here on eBay where the seller highlights its clean, stock condition and tidy cosmetics.

The SVO wore a different set of duds than its 5.0 brethren, and the seller points out the turbo Fords struck a slightly European tone in terms of styling. The bi-plane rear spoiler is a great look and reminds me of the shared lineage with the Merkur. The flat-face alloy wheels were a common look for turbo’d cars of the 80s, and I’d love to swap a set on the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe I’m considering as a project car. This SVO has been repainted, but the seller claims it was not due to an accident but rather because of poor quality factory paint.

The interior remains in great condition with some typical signs of wear and tear. The SVO came with awesome Recaro-style buckets with deep bolsters and a sharp three-spoke steering wheel; all of the SVO-specific trim remains in place. The seller notes the factory radio is still in the dash and that while all of the A/C components remain installed, it doesn’t blow cold at the moment. Other minor issues include a passenger-side lock actuator that needs replacing. Otherwise, the cabin is said to be stock and free of major faults.

The seller states that the engine remains in great condition with strong performance. The original Koni shocks remain installed, which likely could use replacement given the SVO has 92,964 miles. The limited-slip rear end and five-speed manual are working in perfect harmony, and the seller says there are no signs of major abuse or modifications to the turbocharger or intercooler setup. That’s good because boost always tempts the mod-crazy owners into turning up the fun without building up the internals – never a good combination. Stock SVOs and FoMoCo turbo siblings are ones to watch, in my opinion – anyone agree?

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Comments

  1. Todd Zuercher

    I like the cloth interior on this one….would like to have one someday.

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  2. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Dang.

    I am usually not a Mustang guy, but I like this so much.

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  3. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Along with other Fox Bodies, the SVO’s are slowly picking up respect (and therefore price) in the collector car world. This is a good example, used but taken care of. I agree Jeff, the price is not far off.

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  4. Chapman's Ghost

    Bought one brand new and put 143k on it. Turbo needed a rebuild at around 90k but still ran fine when sold. SVO did an outstanding job on these back in the day, and this is a nice one.

  5. CCFisher

    The 2.3 takes quite well to modifications. With a forged crank, the bottom-end is stout enough to handle higher boost.

  6. 71Boss351

    Asking price is a tad high for this one. If a/c was blowing cold it would be close to $10K with the all those miles. Nice to see a SVO mostly stock.

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  7. DayDreamBeliever Member

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