1985 Mustang SVO
|Model Type||Vehicle - Passenger Car|
|Manufacturer's Reference Number||85-4276|
The SVO Mustang debvuted in 1984/5 as a specialty car. This was in the deays before Saleen, or blah bah. It was more or less the Shelby of it’s day, built to showcase the technology Ford was developing, because in those days automakers were putting an emphasis on smaller, more powerful motors. The thinking was that V8 engines were on the way out.
The body is molded with the rear trunk spoiler and spats ahead of the rear wheels in place; the front pan is separate, as is the distinctive “biplane” wing spoiler which attaches to the rear window. Head and tail lights are molded as part of the clear tree, so a little detail painting is necessary. Chrome buckets are provided for the headlights, but none for the taillights. I’d suggest using an adhesive foil here before installing the lenses. The hood is the correct SVO style, with a single scoop offset to one side.
The interior is the old tub type. Detailing of the door panels is a little soft here. The dashboard looks good, with good engraving for the instrumentation, although this is also provided on the decal sheet. Front seats are two piece buckets, rears are molded in place, and from what I can tell, the upholstery patterns look correct.
The engine doesn’t have a high parts count, but still looks good and compares nicely. The chassis dates back to the ‘79 Mustang kits, so it’s simple, but with good detail. Springs are molded as part of both front and rear suspensions. The 5 lug wheels snap into nameless low profile tires, with wheel backs and inner retainers that mount solidly to the suspension parts.
Decals include the previously mentioned instrumentation, body emblems, engine detail, custom graphics, and four sets of license plates.