Saturday, March 5, 2016

Historical Revisionism: 1984 Ford Mustang SVO

Ford released the SVO version of their Fox body Mustang right around the time that George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 (actually published in 1949) was supposed to be set.  Instead of the land where Big Brother oppresses individualism, the US auto industry was branching into the array of sub-groups to satisfy the need of the individual car buyer.  For all the complaints of the 1970s being the malaise era, the 1980s was a magnificent boom in choice and capabilities of the horseless carriage.  Find this 1984 Ford Mustang SVO offered for $4,000 in Manchester, CT via craigslist.

The protagonist in Orwell's novel is a guy who works in the Ministry of Truth, which deals with propaganda and historical revisionism -- particularly to re-write past newspaper articles to support the party line...and that's the thing.  As cars age to the point where we forget how horrible they were -- bam -- they become classics because we re-write history.

Forget that the Garrett T3 turbocharger has far too large a turbine stage (spools up late) for the Pinto sourced 4-banger under the hood -- instead reminisce about the 2.3 liter fuel injected 4-cylinder that put out 175 horsepower and 210 ft-lbs of torque back when most domestic cars put out less horsepower from twice the displacement. 

You can also forget about the cheap plastics that cover just about every surface, except for the main dash panel which is covered in something that looks like dried/aged dog hair...because it has a cool vintage look/feel to it that evokes charisma and charm.  

See another car from 1984?


  1. The part I liked best about these cars was the offset hood scoop....

    1. BionicTorqueWrenchMarch 5, 2016 at 12:05 PM

      I like an offset hood scoop. But properly offset, like it was done on purpose. This one looks like they were aiming to get it in the middle, but measured once with a bent straight edge, and then cut twice with an uncontrolled angle grinder.

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  3. My understanding is that the SVO was created with the foreign european competition in mind. I would guess the oversized turbo had to do with MPGs. You could keep up with traffic without crossing over from vacuum to boost and claim some pretty optimistic mileage numbers. Not enough people saw the the negligible performance difference between this and the GT to be worth the sizable premium.

  4. Not the one to have . 1985.5- 86 has 30 more HP with nearly 40 lb.ft of torque.

  5. Not the one to have . 1985.5- 86 has 30 more HP with nearly 40 lb.ft of torque.

  6. Early ones 175HP, later ones 205HP, the later headlights look better but you can put H4 rectangulars in the early ones.

    The two paths of Mustang development were had these, which had tons of money in them, five-lug 16in wheels, four-lug discs, Konis, this-n-that, and then you had the 5-liter LXs and GTs, which dragged on with four-lug 15s and smaller (drum rear) brakes and an underwhelming suspension and...well, you got the good WC T5 but mostly a 2.73 rear that left you chasing '88 Accords off the line.


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