1985 Mustang SVO

On March 21st, 2009 I picked up yet another project car. I had an eye out for a Mustang SVO car for years and found this one at an affordable price. With a total of 9,844 SVO's produced in three years they are not on every corner but were actually reasonably easy to locate at the time. This one had been owned by the same person since 1990 so parting with it was not an easy choice. The car is showing 98xxx on the odometer. At some point in it's history the original wheels were stolen thus the 15 inch steelies. For whatever reason I picked up a set of SVO wheels that were apparently headed to the recycler some time ago an stuffed them away thinking I would find a car for them someday and finally did. 

Engine When I First Got It Home

Engine Then

Engine After A Basic Restoration

Engine Now


Total SVO Production

Year U.S. Canada Export DSO-90s Total
1984 4263 222 23 4508
1985 1498 17 0 1515
1985.5 427 10 2 439
1986 3314 58 10 3382
Total 9502 307 35 9844

These numbers were published in the second issue of The Turbo Times (Vol. 1, No. 2 - May 1990).
Information from http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/svooa/index.html

These numbers were published in the second issue of The Turbo Times (Vol. 1, No. 2 - May 1990). Information from http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/svooa/index.html

Based on the production numbers above this is one of 1,515 produced that year. 541 of those, the majority, were black so those are the most often spotted.

This car was built on 02/18/1985 and was the only black (1C) car built that day out of 29. It was the 927th built in 1985 and the 5,434th of the total 9844 built.

Based on the previous owner, this car was originally a California car and was purchased off a car lot in 1990. It was driven until 1999 when the turbo was pulled due to whine and smoke and was never re-assembled.