Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
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To mark the 20th anniversary of the
Mustang, Ford released a special Twentieth Anniversary
GT model. This featured a GT350 badge were it had been
19 years before.
Unfortunately, although Carrol Shelby
had licensed the Cobra name to Ford, the GT350 and
GT500 names were not licensed. Ford had to discontinue
using the GT350 name, making this a one year only model.
The 20th Anniversary GT was offered with either the turbocharged
inline 4 or the 5.0 litre H.O. All cars were Oxford
White with Canyon Red stripes.
A total of 5,260 20th
Anniversary GTs were built, of which 3,333 were V8
coupes, 1,213 were V8 convertibles, 350 were inline 4 turbo
coupes, and a mere 104 were inline 4 turbo
Both the 3.8 litre V6 and the 5.0 litre V8 H.O. replaced their
carbs with a new throttle-body electronic fuel injection
system. Although power for the H.O. engine dropped from
175 bhp to 165 bhp, everything else improved from cold
starting, to throttle response, to fuel economy.
Eager to rebuild its performance image, Ford introduced its
Mustang SVO for midway through the model year as a
1984 1/2 model. Named for its Special Vehicle Operations
unit, the SVO Mustang was designed with performance
Available only as a Black three door hatchback,
the SVO came with a modified 2.3 litre Turbocharged
Inline 4 with a new intercooler for the turbo
raised power from 145 bhp to a stout 174 bhp. The SVO
was quite a performer as the improved turbocharged
was coupled to Ford's Traction-Lok differential and a
final drive ratio of 3.45:1, which gave it decent acceleration.
Visually, SVOs could be identified by their unique bi-level
rear spoilers, their hood scoop, and the "drooped" nose
that incorporated no grille. All cooling air was taken
from openings below the front bumper. In addition, the
SVO Mustang featured a perfected four-bar link rear suspension
For hard core enthusiasts, a special
option, 41C, was available which not only deleted the
radio, but also removed the power door locks, power
windows, and air-conditioning
, saving the buyer US$1,253.00
and nearly 100 lbs. compared to the regular SVO's.