Rebuilt Race Car: 1984 Ford Mustang SVO

The faded silver 1984 Ford Mustang SVO is for sale here on craigslist. The car is located in Auburn, Indiana and is just one of 4,507 that was produced in 1984. This seller is asking $6,750. The odometer reading is not mentioned in the ad.

The 1984 Mustang SVO was equipped with a turbocharged 140 cubic inch inline four-cylinder engine. The 2.3 liter engine produced 175 horsepower from the factory and was expected to redefine the pony car. This engine was previously a track car and has a rebuilt 5 speed transmission, turbocharger, engine, fuel injectors and a new cam.

While the SVO has new carpet and headliner, the Recaro style seats are worn but the door panels and dash look good. The car is equipped with AM/FM radio, fog lamps, 4 wheel disc brakes, power steering and gauge package. The seller also installed a 3 inch downpipe feeding a 3 inch exhaust with performance catalytic converter.

The pony car looks like it has been used and enjoyed. The 3 door hatchback SVO was built from 1984 to 1986 with a total production of 9,835. The body is said to be clean with no body damage. I would consider this a driving fixer-upper but I have no idea if the seller will get close to their asking price.

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  1. Steve R

    Most of the people I know with “track cars”, which are street cars that are run at open track days will make suspension and brake modifications first. That’s where you pick up the most time. I’d expect a seller who was knowledgeable about their listing would have highlighted any of those modifications done to this car; such as brake pads, rotors, struts, sway bars and tires. Without that it might just be a seller trying to explains away why why the car is so thrashed. My friends that run open track events have nice cars, they wouldn’t want to be anywhere near this thing on the track.

    Steve R

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  2. Stangalang

    Agreed..this one needs a bit of TLC..looks like it’s been rawdogged pretty least somebody had some fun with it

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  3. Ron

    Trust me, they don’t make great track cars either. Very hard to keep a head gasket from blowing during extended sessions.

    • xrotaryguy

      They seem to make great autocross cars though. I’ve seen a couple compete very well.

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    • svobronco

      I ran an ’86 in autocross and then open track for a few years, never once had a head gasket issue even with a larger turbo and higher boost. Put over 100k mi on the car with no issues other than a slew of TFI modules. It was a great handling track car, just way too under-powered to keep up.
      He’s way overpriced on the ’84, it’s worth about 1/3 of the asking price.

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