BaT Auction: 3k-Mile 1986 Ford Mustang SVO
This 1986 Ford Mustang SVO shows only 3,496 miles and is finished in black over Charcoal Gray leather. A fuel-injected and turbocharged 2.3L inline-four sends power to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission and a Traction-Lok rear end. Ford’s Special Vehicle Operations gave the model a unique hood scoop, biplane spoiler, and front air dam. This final-year SVO was first purchased at Varsity Ford in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has been reportedly treated as a collector car since new. Additions include adjustable Koni shocks paired with lowering springs, however the removed units are included in the sale. The driver’s window retains the original window sticker, and this Mustang is now offered by the selling dealer with factory manuals, a Marti report, and a clean Oregon title.
The black exterior features a functional hood scoop, optional flip-up sunroof, and a front air dam with integrated fog lights. The SVO models came with a unique front grille, thinner rocker panels, and the biplane spoiler. Treated as a collector car since new, this Mustang has been reportedly always stored inside.
Pinstriped taillights can be seen above the twin exhaust pipes. Ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes were equipped from the factory along with 16″ cast alloy wheels. The latter are mounted with Goodyear Eagle VR50 tires.
The interior features adjustable sport seats finished in Charcoal Gray leather. Original equipment include a factory Hurst shifter and the SVO-specific 3-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather. A fuel grade switch on the center console allows for switching between standard and premium gas to avoid knocking with lower grade fuels. The Ford Premium Sound head unit retains instructions on how to set the memory buttons.
Instrumentation includes a turbo boost gauge and an 85-mph speedometer. 3,496 miles are shown on the odometer, 372 of which were added over the last 11 months.
Power comes from a fuel-injected and turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four backed by a 5-speed Borg-Warner manual transmission. The top-mount intercooler helped the engine produce a factory-rated 200 horsepower when new. The rear end features a 3.73:1 differential with Traction-Lok.
Koni shocks replace the factory quad units in the rear, and adjustable struts are fitted up front. New springs from CJ Pony Parts lowers the car 1.5 inches. The removed shocks and springs are included in the sale.
The original windows sticker is still affixed to the driver’s window and lists the optional leather trim, flip-up air roof, and manual transmission. The MSRP in 1986 was $16,150. A driving video can be seen below and a Marti report from 2018 is in the gallery.
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