1984 Ford Mustang SVO – SOLD FOR $15,300!
January 28, 2022 Update – We’re pleased to report the high bidder and seller were able to meet in the middle and closed the deal at $15,300!
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.
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:
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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.)
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!