Driveway Score: 1994 Ford Taurus SHO – Sold!

by | Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

This 1994 Ford Taurus SHO is a driveway rescue that the seller revived after seeing it sink into the ground for years, and it’s listed on Craigslist in Poughkeepsie, New York with loads of recent maintenance and an asking price of just $2,500.  Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has priced this SHO quite affordably, with the asking price below the “Fair” condition value of $3,100, which obviously reflects the fact that it’s an ongoing project with some immediate needs.  .

The Taurus SHO is a collector car that has flown beneath the radar for years. They check all the necessary boxes for what usually makes a vehicle eminently collectible: high-performance; exotic drivetrain; limited production; and fairly easy to live with, both from a maintenance standpoint and due to parts availability. The SHO represented a novel collaboration between Ford and Yamaha to build a hot-rodded version of the company’s bread-and-butter family sedan, with Yamaha assembling the V6 engine that found its way into the first- and second-generation models. Enthusiasts love these engines for the exotic howl they produce, and for the under-hood eye candy courtesy of the gorgeous intake runners. The SHO is by and large easy to live with, with most owners reporting nominal costs of ownership outside of a major 60K mile service.

Here’s a MotorWeek review of a similar 1993 version we came across:

This example for sale on the Poughkeepsie craigslist page languished in a driveway for years before the seller scooped it up for a modest refresh. The listing describes tackling some of the typical deferred maintenance items, including a new fuel pump, battery, calipers, pads, and rotors, among other fixes. With 106,000 miles, mileage isn’t high but it’s still well past the 60K service interval, so the next owner may have to tackle this. The SHO is equipped with an automatic transmission, which isn’t the enthusiast’s choice but does at least come with a 15 foot-pound increase in torque over the manual transmission models. This SHO will still need new tires and a good interior cleaning before it’s used extensively, and the seller notes that he accidentally blew some of the paint off the fender while power-washing it.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“AUTOMATIC, Located 12601 NY Long story short this car is a one owner vehicle until I picked it up to save it. it was sitting for the better part of 8 years on pavement. 106K original miles automatic lots of new parts put into it but still needs a little bit here and there.

No rust on body which is amazing for a NY vehicle  very straight no big dents minor scuffs on front bumper. Underside has some rust and a small dime size hole on pass floor side. Some paint loss from when I pressure rinsed it’s maiden wash for first time in 8 yrs. Brand new all around calipers, pads and x drilled slotted rotors, new fuel pump, new battery, air filter, wipers , oil change.

Will need tires soon (dry rot/flat spots) has some leaks , needs interior detailed just dirty/dusty from years of sitting but it’s all there. All windows, locks work, radio works, two original keys, title is in my name now. Yes the car is still wet in the pics it was only pressure rinsed to get the heavy build up off it. (See before pic) I have a lot into this in labor and parts just looking to move it to its forever home.” 

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