If you're a Mustang fan, you likely are familiar with , also know as the Hertz Rent-a-Racer. You also know the SVO, which was the first turbocharged Mustang—a brilliantly forward-looking car from Ford's in-house tuning department. But did you know that Hertz offered the SVO as a rental car in the 1980s? Probably not, since only 60 were purchased by the rental company in 1985.
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This is one of those 60, and it's claimed to be one of only four painted in Dark Sage Green, a truly gorgeous color. It's with an asking price just under $19,000, and it might just be one of the coolest Mustangs out there.
Back in its day, the SVO was the top-of-the-line Mustang, with a base price higher than GT with its 5.0-liter V8. Despite having half the cylinders as the GT, the SVO equalled it in power, with 175 horsepower in early production models, and 205 hp in later builds. This one is an early 1985, so it's only got 175 hp.
The SVO's 2.3-liter four-cylinder was much lighter than the GT's 5.0-liter V8, which contributed to better handling. Unique Koni shocks and struts, stiffer anti-roll bars also helped.
It's hard to imagine a four-cylinder Mustang usurping a V8 model today, but that's just how it was at Ford in the mid 1980s. Turbos were the future of performance, and Ford wanted the Mustang to be a part of that. But with a higher base price than the GT, buyers didn't flock to the SVO, so Ford only managed to sell SVOs in its 1984-1986 production run.
Today, that makes the SVO a good collectible, and this is one of the nicer examples we've seen. It's got a little under 68,000 miles on its odometer, and it looks to be in tip-top shape inside and out. Add in its rarity and excellent color, and you've got yourself one cool and collectible Mustang.