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Never Be Cheaper: 1984 Ford Mustang SVO

This has to be one of the cheapest running/driving Ford Mustang SVOs for sale at the moment, listed for just $4,500 and located in Denver. The seller has updated the nose to resemble the later models, and notes some cosmetic issues as its biggest flaws. While I have waxed poetic on these pages about my desire to own a Thunderbird Turbo Coupe of the same era, a vehicle came onto my radar that I now own as of today, effectively dissolving my turbo Ford dreams. Not for you, though – find this cheap SVO here on craigslist.

The irony here is that the asking price is what I paid for my latest acquisition, which will be revealed on these pages soon. I suspect it’s some sort of cosmic alignment that had this SVO show up on the same day, almost as if the universe were patting me on the back for sticking with something I know rather than going down another rabbit hole into limited production cars with poor aftermarket parts support.

Anyway, about the SVO: it’s not perfect, and it wears plenty of evidence of years of regular use. This is not a bad thing – hardly – it’s just that you won’t be stepping into a time capsule. You might find some left-over pizza grease on the steering wheel, or something. The seller notes the mileage as 62,990 and that he’s the original owner with all service records! Yes, that’s unheard of when the asking price is cheap.

The seller seems less-than-optimistic about its running condition, only offering that it “…runs OK.” A repaint occurred in the past to address hail damage, and he seems to think it could use another paint job. Everything works, including the air conditioning, and I’m thinking someone’s going to walk away with a cheap SVO that just needs minor sorting. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Pat L. for the find.


  1. poseur Member

    If this ad checks out as factual it’s a steal at under $5k given Fox pony popularity & appreciation. Thankfully I have no room & it’s way far away

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  2. HydTech

    A repaint has occurred. Riiight.

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  3. Todd Zuercher

    Looks like a steal! I can live with an ‘84 when it has the later headlights on it-that’s the only thing that I didn’t like about the ‘84s. This won’t last long.

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    • Jeremy

      I couldn’t agree more. Swapping headlights was the best thing he could’ve done to it. Now it’s time to build /strengthen the engine and turn up the wick on that blower

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    By the steering wheel condition and overall outside condition it’s more like a 162K miles car for me, also a repaint for hail damage and owner said runs “OK” so $4,500 it’s an honest market price not a bargain.

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  5. TouringFordor

    “Runs OK” may translate to “needs a new camshaft “. I had a ’79 turbo that I bought new. It had a worn camshaft when I sold it four years later. A slight miss that a tune up wouldn’t cure.

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