35,761 Original Miles


Manual Transmission
3.0L Quad Cam V6
220 hp @ 6200 rpm*
200 lb/ft torque @ 4800 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 6.6 seconds
Top Speed: 143 MPH
*Base Price in 1989: $19,739


*Seller Asking:


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Fast Facts:

  • SHO = Super High Output. The engine is designed by Yamaha, and has one of the highest power to displacement ratios of the time for N/A engines @ 73.6 hp per liter. The oversquare design (bore larger than stroke) favors high RPM
  • The variable intake manifold has 12(!) runners. Below 4000 RPM, the engine breathes through 6 long, small diameter runners that favor low RPM torque. At 4000 RPM and beyond, butterfly valves open for the engine to breathe through short, large bore runners tuned for high RPM
  • Despite a 7000 RPM redline, the 3.0 V6 is capable of 8500 RPM. However, during testing, it was found that the accessories couldn’t cope with speeds that high. Rather than re-design the accessories, Ford simply reduced the redline, initiating fuel-cutoff @ 7300 RPM
  • There’s some uncertainty revolving around the development of the Taurus SHO. The most widely accepted story is that Ford contracted Yamaha in the early 80’s to design a high RPM engine for a 2 seater sports car (code named GN-34) designed to compete with the MR2, RX-7, and Nissan Z cars. However, changing market conditions meant that a 2 seat sports car wasn’t ideal for Ford
  • Now Ford needed a place to put all these Yamaha engines. They decided to play it safe and install it in one of their best selling cars: the Taurus. They paired it with a 5spd, stiffer suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, and ground effects … and the rest is history
Key Model Year Changes:

  • The only year of the non-airbag steering wheel
  • The following year (1990) saw new wheels and many revisions to the interior, including a redesign of the dashboard, digital display cluster, and new airbag steering wheel. ABS and CD player are new options in 1990 as well
  • 1991 featured the rare “PLUS” model with a fiberglass hood (featuring a center bulge), rear deck spoiler, body colored trim, and more
  • 1991 concluded the 1st generation SHO. The 2nd gen began in 1992, which featured a redesign and weight gain of a couple hundred lbs. The auto trans and bigger 3.2 V6 become available in 1993

Seller Notes:

  • One owner
  • Rare “cop” grille with cooling slots (found on Police Package)
  • Well maintained. Immaculate condition inside and out
  • Clean title
  • Power leather seats and power windows. Everything works as good as it did in 1989


  • Location: Omaha, Nebraska – (more photos below)
  • UPDATE: ad is no longer available (sold or expired)

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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability


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