Turbocharged Package: 1984 and 1986 Ford Mustang SVO

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This listing is for a duo of Ford Mustang SVO project cars whose owner passed away before finishing their revival. Both cars run, but it sounds like the white SVO, the 1986 model, is more of a project while the black 1984 example could be used as a driver while it’s being improved. The earlier model sports the exposed headlights, while the latter example has the smoother, more aerodynamic nose treatment, and more power given it’s a later production car. Bidding is dirt cheap at the moment at just over $3,000 with no reserve listed. The pair is listed here on eBay in Glendale, Arizona, which has likely played a role in keeping this SVOs rust-free.

The white SVO certainly looks a touch rougher than the black coupe, with heavily faded/damaged headlamp lenses and riding on later production V6 Mustang wheels. Still, those are minor faults that can be remedied easily and would transform the car’s visuals significantly. The seller notes both cars are corrosion-free, with no cancer to report other than some surface rust in places. Of course, sun damage can be fairly tedious to repair, but it’s nothing like fixing rotted floors and sills. Although this one is the bigger project of the two, 1986 also saw a boost in power to 200 b.h.p. (and 205 b.h.p. for the rare 85.5 edition models.) Both cars have rough interiors, but the white example is the worst of the two, with leather buckets split open and a cracked dash.

If I’ve got my interiors straight, the black car has the more typical gray cloth and looks to be in great shape with only minor splitting on the piping. If the black SVO was the driver of the two, perhaps it was parked inside or otherwise kept in the shade; it seems likely the white coupe was left sitting outside either as a parts car or waiting for restoration. The good news is the seller seems confident both drivetrains are good, so at least you’ll be leaving with two running SVOs should you go to pick this pair up, and while one interior is past the point of using as-is, the seats could at least be good cores for rebuilding. The dash in the white car is likely past rescuing, however.

In addition to the vehicles themselves, the sale will include a stash of spare parts. These include: an extra intake manifold, new turbo, spare set of injectors, a full set of wheels and tires, and a complete short block motor. While SVOs are certainly coming around as part of the next generation of collector cars, you can still buy project grade examples plenty cheap. If it were me, I’d focus on restoring the better of the two and either having a treasure trove of spares or a car you can use on rainy days while the garage queen stays inside. What do you think – is this turbocharged package deal a good opportunity or just a double order of project car hell?

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  1. DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

    Finished already at $3380.

    Won by a zero feedback bidder… FWIW

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