Writer’s note: trying some new picture techniques. These pictures were taken on the sill of one of the leaded glass windows in my house. I think I may do pics like this once in a while.
The “Fox” Mustang was a long-standing platform for the Mustang, being used from 1979 through 1993 before a full redesign. During that time, many automakers were experimenting with using turbochargers their vehicles. Ford was no different, and had a turbo I-4 engine they used for a number of years.
The Turbo Mustang casting debuted in 1980. It was released in a number of versions through the early-mid 1980s, culminating in the final white and yellow Hot Ones release. The tooling was eventually sent to India and the casting lived as a LEO for a while before fully disappearing. It was brought back in 2013, retooled for use in the Flying Customs series but didn’t actually appear until the Cool Classics release later in the year. Sadly it hasn’t been used again yet.
The ’84 Mustang SVO casting debuted in 2012 as one of a number of new tools for the Hot Ones series that year. It was later used for Boulevard, Cool Classics and Heritage, and Car Culture. The car has never been used in the basic line, so to speak. It’s most recent use was a mail-in in 2020. It might get it’s first taste of a plastic base release, though, as it was part of the collector vote for the 2022 “Flames” mainline segment.
Now, the Fox Mustang is a rather “small” car. It’s definitely a compact-size vehicle. The Turbo Mustang casting has that look to it, a “trim” feel if you will. It’s not muscle bound. It even feels small in hand. It does have the signature Hot Wheels look of the larger rear wheels but as a whole the casting does seem small on its own. The ’84 Mustang SVO casting, however, just looks big. I want to say Jun Imai’s ’92 Mustang design was used as a basis for this, at least as far as dimensions are concerned. The ’92 has the meaty rear wheels, the ’84 SVO does too. The casting has that full, mean muscle look to it.
Separately, the Turbo Mustang and ’84 SVO just look and feel so different. The Turbo Mustang looks like it’d be up against the smaller European market sports cars of the day while the ’84 SVO would be the big-block streetlight drag warrior.
However, place them side by side, the differences aren’t as they seem. The biggest difference are the “ground effects” and meaty wheels on the ’84 SVO versus the rather “base” looking Turbo.
While the ’84 has received some love after this third release of the casting, the Turbo retool has been left to sit with only this Cool Classics release to have (it was supposed to be the second release of the retool but the original planned first release for 2013 Flying Customs sadly got canned).
So always remember: looks can be deceiving.