Sleeper SHO: 1994 Ford Taurus SHO 5-Speed Wagon – SOLD!
May 14th Update: not surprisingly, at only $2,000 we quickly received word by the end of Wednesday this unique build had already sold. It just goes to show how quickly a cool car at a value price will sell!
Many of you may already be asking, “Wait a minute. Ford never offered a Station Wagon version of the SHO.” and you would be correct. This is the perfect example of a capable enthusiast answering the question, “What if?” and in the process created quite the RADwood-eligible sleeper wagon. This is a very cool what appears to be well thought out 1994 Ford Wagon converted with an SHO 5-speed powertrain currently listed on Craigslist in Newton, New Jersey where the builder is only asking $2,000, which is what he states he has in his creation for both the car and the powertrain. Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a true SHO sedan as a proxy confirms this private seller has his creation priced $1,300 below the current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $3,300. If you are serious about buying this unique
The black paint in the limited pictures provided for this example appears to be shiny and the panels appear straight which would be consistent for a truck showing only 48K original miles. As good as the exterior appears to be, the red custom interior is what really shines as the current caretaker added a Southern Rods heat and air conditioning system to compliment the updated upholstery, dashboard, radio, and gauges. While the private seller calls the current carpet “fine”, a replacement rug with sound deadening that needs to be installed will be included as part of the sale. Its not clear from the seller’s description whether they were factory original, however, this truck is equipped with new power brakes and power steering which are nice upgrades if they are not listed on the glove box door Protecto-Plate.
On top of the fact the seller appears to know what he’s doing with making a unique creation like this, we love the fact he used a very highly optioned wagon as the base car for it. Sunroofs, third-row seats, and the picnic table were rare options on this vintage of Taurus wagon, so having those in place only adds to the fun. The only thing we would consider changing after replacing the clutch is having the SHO-sourced seats dyed blue to match the rest of the interior. Further down, we’d consider making suspension and brake changes consistent with what a stock SHO may have had if this builder did not already make those revisions. Our only caution is that taking over a build like this should only be done by a knowledgeable mechanic adept at troubleshooting. These are the kinds of cars that get you noticed at a RADwood event over a similar stock creation, so good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Not a factory wagon……..But is a very well done swap car..
A highly optioned car & everything works including the AC & sunroof…..
157,000 on body & 100,000 on the drivetrain….
ABSOLUTELY NO RUST…..
Front bumper cover & fender have a small dent from the last owner…..
Know the history on the car……
Car needs a clutch……Knew that going into it…Have ALL the parts including plugs & wires & all the parts are high end stuff…..NO CRAP !!!!!! Just lost interest…It’s warm & want to work on my Foxbody swap cars…..
I paid 1,300 for the car & 700 for the parts & that’s all I want…….“
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