1 March 2016

Classic Classified: 1985 Ford Mustang SVO

From: Hemmings Motor News
Date: March 1989
Price then: $7,900 ($15,100 adjusted for inflation, about the cost of a new 2016 Hyundai Accent today)
Price now: $5,900 - $22,400
Approximate dollar difference: $7,300 (assuming No. 1 condition)
Annual rate of return: 1.4%

SVO: 1985, black, gray cloth interior, all factory SVO equipment incl pw, pdl, tilt, factory sunroof, A/C, car has 39,000 orig miles and is immaculate. $7,900.

When someone says “Ford Mustang” we usually think of a thundering, V-8 muscle car. Why, then, does the four-cylinder SVO have such a cult following? Well, its turbocharged four actually made almost identical power to the 5.0 GT. Today, they are only slightly more valuable than 5.0 cars and return on investment is not stellar, but the SVO is still a conversation piece worth having in the garage.

3 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Andy ontario Canada March 10, 2016 at 23:13
    I have owned my 84 SVO since 1985. I can say this car was ahead of its time when new. This car was generally misunderstood by the car buying public. It was not a muscle bound 5.0, but a road handler. If gasoline prices had continued to rise, the desire for this car would have risen also. The Svo has a Clark Kent/Superman personality(good mpg in Clark persona and supercar in well you know who) Sadly this hot rod was abandoned in its youth. Had this car been allowed to continue, it likely would have been a 300 hp car in short time. Maybe thoughts of the current ECO-BOOST Mustang are crossing your mind right now? This is because the SVO is the father of the EB Mustang.
  • 2
    Paul Nova Scotia Canada April 28, 2017 at 21:11
    My brother in law had a 1984 SVO and when I drove it for two weeks while my car was in need of repair I told him if I ever get the chance I want to own one of these cars. Well last summer I got my wish when I acquired my 1985. One of 19 of the 85's ordered it has 98,000 Km's on the odometer and is in show room condition with one repaint. What a blast to drive, I am putting a boost controller and an auto meter boost gauge on it so I can run it on 20 pound boost once in a while. These cars handle like no fox body you will ever drive, I believe the phrase is like your on rails.
  • 3
    Paul Oickle Nova Scotia Canada May 3, 2017 at 21:22
    In my previous comment I failed to say one of 19 -1985 cars ordered in Canada wihich has KM on the speedometer verses MPH. I have read that only 17 of the 19 were actually delivered,don't know if that is true or not, would like to acquire an 85 GT some time to go with it.

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