Owning A Classic Car

Ford’s Taurus SHO (Super High Output) model had an eleven-year run. In 1989 it was introduced with a Yamaha-built 3.0L V6 and only with a 5-speed transmission available. By the end-of-the-line in 1999 Yamaha was working with Ford on building the SHO’s 3.4L V8 motor. Only a four-speed automatic was available in the later years.
Annual sales averaged about 7,000 to 8,000 SHO’s a year, or about 2% of the total Taurus production.

POWERTRAIN Transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive
ENGINE 3.0 liter DOHC V6
Horsepower: 220 hp @ 6200 RPM
Torque: 200 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
DRIVE TRAIN Final drive ratio is 3.74
5-speed overdrive transmission
GearRatio Max Speed
@ 7000 RPM
1st 3.21 44
2nd 2.09 67
3rd 1.38 101
4th 1.02 137
5th 0.74 143 @ 5350
WHEELS & TIRES Rim width: 6 inches
Tires: P215/60Rx16 94V
BRAKES Four-wheel disc
Curb weight 3380 lbs.
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 192 in.
Fuel tank 18.4 gals.
Oil (with filter change) 5.0 qts.
FUEL EPA 18 city / 26 highway
92 Octane recommended
0 to 60 mph.6.6 seconds
1/4 mile 15.2 seconds @ 92.5 mph
Lateral acceleration, 200 ft skidpad .81g
Braking distance, 60 to 0 mph168 ft.
PRODUCTION About 9,100 produced in 1991

Source: http://home.pon.net/hunnicutt/SHOpage.htm

There are about 2100 SHO’s left on this planet (give or take). We sold our SHO in 2007 due to GTA insurance prices at that time. She was beautiful, powerful and fast. Very good response time with 5 speed manual tranny. We loved that car but didn’t love the insurance prices. Even though it was a 4 door sedan it was considered a sports car by insurance companies.

We have some great memories with that car. The time we had to convert the digital heating system to an analog by ripping apart the dashboard for blend door actuator motor to the rip roaring good times we had in North Bay and Elliot Lake testing her top speeds and performance on quiet country roads.

She was fire engine red and what some called a “rice burner” in the car fanatic circles. The tire burns alone could make a person envious of an SHO owner. I’ve never liked Ford much but the Yamaha engine made up for the tranny issues that can occur with SHO’s. She sold for 3200 dollars, 300 less than my asking price.

I miss her, very greatly but I know she’s being well taken care of like we took car of her. Hope she’s flying high and fast with her new owner. She was a good car!


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