1984 Ford Mustang SVO 13.2K Mile Survivor

January 26, 2022 Update: The high autobid of $13,000 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $17,900, so we’ve moved this 1984 Mustang SVO to our “Rides Still Available” Page. Click the Blue “Buy Now or Make an Offer” below if you are interested in buying this Mustang.

Guys With Rides is pleased to offer this 13,215 original mile, 1984 Ford Mustang SVO in an online, reserve-style auction on behalf of the second owner. Bidding opened Wednesday, January 12, 2022, and continued for 14 consecutive days until 7:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

Robert, the private seller and second owner, provides four videos we’ve pulled together in this YouTube Playlist:

(Note: the carousel below provides just a few of the pictures we provide for this 1984 Ford Mustang SVO. Click on the picture shown to expand the carousel.  To see all of the pictures for this car, please scroll down to the area just above the comment section to review the complete gallery)

High Bid = $13,000

History has a way of repeating itself, even in the automobile industry. Ford’s current strategy of offering two performance versions of the Mustang (your choice of EcoBoost Turbocharged four-cylinder or small-block V8) traces its roots back to 1984 when the company offered either the 5.0L V8 GT or the turbo-four SVO. Within two years, the V8 version won out as consumers preferred the low-bang-for-the-buck GT over the high-priced SVO. With just under ten thousand SVO produced during this model’s short three-year production run, it’s always a treat to spot a low-mileage survivor example such as this 1984 Ford Mustang SVO hatchback. We’re even more thrilled to offer it in one our dealer-free Reserved Parking Auctions.

Featuring a reported 13.2K original miles, the seller reports their SVO is a two-owner example that comes with the original set of tires.

The Mustang SVO is a limited-production version of the third generation Ford Mustang sold from 1984 to 1986, during which time the company built just under 10,000 examples.

Ford introduced its completely redesigned Fox-Body-based Mustang for the 1979 model year.  While a huge improvement over the Pinto-based Mustang II it replaced, the third generation still did not match the performance of its first-generation predecessors. All that started to change in the early eighties as technology caught up with the ability for carmakers to provide performance cars while meeting ever-increasing emissions and fuel economy standards.

Ford began to make a major push forward with the Mustang in 1982, nearly completely reinventing every aspect of the vehicle, which included putting a new emphasis on the model’s sporty nature. Just prior to this, in the fall of 1981, Ford decided to form a division that could oversee both the company’s racing program and the production of limited-edition, high-performance, street-legal vehicles based on or taking technology from the race vehicles. Officially, the division was called the Special Vehicle Operations Department, but the public came to know them as simply “SVO.” Tasked with developing something that was both plainly American and competent to compete with entry-level European sports cars of the day, the team went to work on the new Mustang, deeming that it was the most obvious choice as a platform basis for a high-performance vehicle.

Still ultimately concerned with issues such as fuel consumption and emissions, SVO engineers opted to pass over the production 5.0 liter V-8 in lieu of an updated, turbocharged, and stronger version of Ford’s 2.3-liter inline-four, originally used in the Pinto and Ford Mustang II. The installation of the four-cylinder engine helped with weight distribution, due to the engine being installed perpendicular to, and behind, the front axle, thereby improving handling. Endowing the engine with an advanced, computer-controlled fuel injection system and an intercooled turbocharger system helped push power output to 175 horsepower, which in fact matched that of the 5.0Liter V8 of the time. In addition, a “fuel-grade” switch was added to the dash, allowing the driver to adjust the vehicle’s performance level depending on whether premium or standard grade fuel was being used. A factory-installed Hurst shifter was made standard to improve feel and quickness.

While a very competent car, cheap gas, V8-torque, and a lower sticker price meant the Mustang GT easily outsold the SVO. Consequently, Ford discontinued the Mustang SVO after only three model years, making the cars very rare to come by today.

The second owner, Robert, reports his 1984 Mustang SVO is an absolute time capsule. He bought it from the original owner. In the gallery below, Robert provides a Marti Report certifying his SVO is one of 864 Painted Silver Metallic and one of 642 with this combination of paint trim. Even has the factory original tires were imported from Europe. When new, the original owner had the car professionally rust-proofed using the Ziebart process.

Our complimentary LemonSquad Pre-purchase Inspection (“PPI”) provides a thorough, unbiased, third-party inspection of this 1984 Ford Mustang SVO. Important Note: The inspector notes the A/C Compressor would not kick on during his inspection. Given the below 40-degree temperatures during the inspection (note the snow on the ground in the pictures taken), it is quite common for A/C compressors not to turn on. Upon further review, the seller confirmed this SVO, originally equipped with R-12 refrigerant, is low and that is why the compressor will not kick on. Consequently, the next owner will need to have the system refilled with R-12 (if they can source it) or will need to consider a conversion to the modern R134A. (Note: to review the Pre-purchase Inspection, please click on the picture below. When finished, please click your browser’s “back” button to return to this listing.)

Click on the image above to review the full LemonSquad pre-purchase inspection.

The complimentary CarFax® confirms Robert has never registered his SVO after purchasing it from the original owner with just over 13,000 miles. (Note: to review the report, please click on the picture below. When finished, please click your browser’s “back” button to return to this listing.)

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool that provides a summary of values by condition for 1984 Ford Mustang SVO’s. In the spirit of full transparency, this car recently did not sell on Cars & Bids with a high bid of only $10,200.

If you have any questions about this 1984 Ford Mustang SVO, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

5 Comments
  1. Jay S Church

    I bought an 85.5 new and have been looking for another one for 10 years. AC compressors engage no matter what the outside temp is and should blow cold. The odometer is not straight across which is a red flag. Have a great day.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Sorry, your first assertion “AC compressors engage no matter what the outside temp is” is simply not true as many cars have a low temp switch that prevents an A/C compressor from engaging when the ambient temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Following the inspector’s report, however, the seller diagnosed the A/C system and found the R12 is too low. Consequently, the buyer will need to plan to either have the system professionally recharged with R-12 or plan to have the system converted to R134A. That is factored into the seller’s reserve price for the car.

      We also take great offense to your accusation “the odometer is not straight across which is a red flag.” Here are just two examples of other extremely low mile 1984 Mustangs and when you look at the pictures of their respective odometers, the numbers do not line up either: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1984-ford-mustang-16/ and https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1984-ford-mustang-12/

      Here are the facts that help us confirm to believe the mileage to be true on this car:

      To start, in the second picture in the photo gallery above, the seller provides an Illinois Emissions inspection from 1994 indicating this SVO had 9,000 miles when the car was ten years old. That suggests in the 28 years since this SVO has only traveled approximately 4,215 miles. That works out to approximately only 150 miles annually since that time.

      Second, in the CarFax, we note the lack of any documented annual inspections, registrations, or other items beyond changes of ownership after 1996. Short of all the subsequent owners relying on a dealer plate all these years, it’s reasonable to assume, that for whatever reason, this 1984 SVO became a garage queen after 1996.

      Third, the unbiased mechanic provided by Lemon Squad who completed the pre-purchase inspection we’ve provided in this listing did not see any red flags during his inspection that led him to believe this car has traveled any more than what the odometer indicates.

      Fourth, any reasonable person truly knowledgeable in car mechanics can review the over two hundred pictures provided would be hard-pressed not to believe the mileage shown on this car, especially an example that has spent its entire life in Illinois.

      We created GuysWithRides.com to be a dealer-free environment that makes every attempt to be as transparent as possible when presenting cars for auction as our company’s reputation depends on it. One of the key differentiators compared to certain other online auction sites is the fact we eat the cost of a pre-purchase inspection rather than rely on the opinions of anonymous commenters who have no intention of bidding on an auction.

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  2. Joseph Atkinson

    Do you have an estimate for shipping from your location to the 14845 zip code in NY? Do you or the website have a list of recommended shippers?

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Joseph, we estimate $1,000 for open transit or $1,500 for enclosed shipping from the Chicago suburbs where this Mustang is currently located to your zip code. We can recommend several shippers but we would start with McCollister’s (https://www.mccollisters.com/services/auto-transport/) which also runs Mecum’s fleet.

      Reply
    • Anonymous

      To send a car they usually charge i believe 1$ to 1.25 per mile. Hope this helps. Thanks rob

      Reply

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