By: Andrew Cilio
: The 1984 Mustang brought an end to the GLX series, replacing it with the LX model. Mustangs for the 1984 year included the hatchback, convertible, hardtop, and T-top models. Mid-year automatics received a 4 speed transmission along with a toned down 302, causing it to lose about 10 horses compared to the H.O. 302 in the GT. Dash lights changed from green to red, and a digital clock was added to the console. Another feature was a display of the car with warning lights for various sections - yellow for low fuel or washer fluid, and red when a headlamp or taillight burned out. Improved suspension came to all GT models in the form of lowered rear control arm pivots on both upper and lower ends. 1984 ½ was the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Mustang, and for the occasion a GT 350 was sold with a H.O. 302 or turbo 4 cylinder. A total of 5,261 GT 350’s were produced, mostly hatchbacks with a limited number of convertibles.
This was the first year for the SVO, a high-performance variant that featured an intercooled 2.3L turbocharged SOHC four cylinder engine that pumped out 175 HP, gas-charged Koni shocks, four wheel disc brakes, 1.12" diameter anti-sway bars and forged steel lower trailing arms. Inside, the SVO featured a Hurst shifter, bucket seats, dead pedal, 140 mph speedometer and 8000 RPM tachometer, plus water temp and oil pressure gauges.
This was also the first year a Saleen Mustang was available.
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