We're fans of taking a big motor and stuffing it into an ordinary looking car. Ford did it in the 60's by dropping a 427 into the Fairlane and 30 years later they took a different route to the same result. When it came to make the SHO, instead of looking to pure displacement, they partnered with Yamaha for a 24 valve work of art that was capable of spinning up to 8500 RPM.
When it comes to the “boring car, big motor” equation, the more boring the car the better and in the 90’s it didn’t get much more boring than the Taurus. The second part of the equation usually calls for a V8 but Ford got a little non-traditional by employing the beautiful 60º V6 that they had Yamaha working on for years.
This 1992 SHO has seen only 46,000 miles -- 10,000 of them coming in the last 10 years. These second generation models had a 3.0 liter motor when mated to the Mazda-supplied 5 speed as opposed to the 3.2 liter units in the automatics. The whole package was good for a 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 143 MPH. Though Yamaha built the motor to be good to 8500 RPM, it was electronically limited to 7000 RPM.
This example looks like it may have received a repaint at some point, and the deck spoiler would not have been stock in 1992 so some work has been done beyond the CD changer that the seller spends a good deal of time talking about.
The ad offers little more detail other than the current seller is the second owner, and he has had the SHO for the last 10 years and that it recently completed a 300 mile drive with no issue.
Though they weren't terribly rare, there can't be too many of these high performance Ford's left with less than 50k miles on them. With this one's Eastern PA heritage, we'd like to see some undercarriage shots but the corrosion-prone wheels look to be in good shape which is promising.
Bidding just started on this one, and the reserve has not been met but we'll be watching eagerly to see where this 90's hot rod ends up. Find it on eBay in Palmertin, PA.
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