• Oct 28, 2006


OK, earlier today we took the time machine back to see the introduction of the Ford Taurus SHO. Now, we fast-forward to the present day, where devious youths find a forlorn, decrepit, and long-junked first-gen SHO much like the one in this morning's post and use a track hoe to complete the car's transition to the automotive afterlife. During the process, you'll note that the SHO's distinctive-looking Yamaha is still sitting in the engine bay, its 220 horses having gone to the glue factory long ago. They won't outrun fate today.

Only two words can accurately describe this contest between the SHO and heavy machinery: Advantage, Komatsu.

John's got one more bit of SHO fun in store for you later tonight, so be sure to check back.

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like another case of the Japanese beating the shit out of Ford . . . this time Komatsu.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Try to remember that until this year, Ford held the previous record for quarterly and annual profits by any corporation.There was good reason for this- they combined good fundamentals with a forward thinking SVO wing that pushed the performance envelope with everyday drivers."

      So, the 14k+ in profit from each Navigator (along with their other SUVs) had nothing to with it? Ford is the classic example of why not to put all your eggs in one (SUV in this case) basket.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was waiting for the chain to snap that the car to go flying into the camera or into that house in the background.
      • 8 Years Ago
      im just surprised that the a pillar held up for as long as is did without simply snapping, letting the car fling off into the house or something fun like that
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why does every youtube video have to be accompanied by awful rock music? Does *anyone* actually think it makes more cool?
      • 8 Years Ago
      15+ comments talking about how dumb this is? Really?! None of you enjoyed seeing the awesome power of the excavator busting up a long since junked car like a sledgehammer to a watermelon? Old cars get crushed all the time. These guys just did it with a little style and a bit of stupidity. This is just good old clean fun. There are many much worse things those kids could be doing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      More like white trash vs. White Trash.

      Indeed, I have to agree with #9. Destruction is much easier than construction and obviously that's all these guys are capable for.

      The SHO was quite an interesting car, although I can think of better applications for such a great piece of engineering as the Yamaha V6. It's probably the closest Ford ever came to matching what the Australian FPV division is doing with the Falcon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      RIP Taurus. now on to ford sad pathetic ford. who i don't feel sorry for. instead of keeping the name plate of Taurus they decide to create new ones like five hundred, or the fusion. why? the only time that i can remember this working for ford was when they got rid of the escort and gave us the focus. why not stick with the same name plate and build of that. case in point Honda accord, Toyota's camry, for Asian. or how about German cars like the vw's gti or BMW's 3,and 5 series. now not every generation has been great for most of these cars. but my point is that these manufactures stuck with the same name plate. building a strong bond between product and the consumer. and don't tell this isn't true either. look at chevys corvette. or even fords mustang "except the late 70's models POS'
      • 8 Years Ago
      oops...I skipped over the long junked part...

      But people can still be idiots.

      I would have taken that engine out and sold it...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where is it on planet earth that life is so boring and meaningless that this is what passes for entertainment? Remind me never to live there...

      OldDavid: I hate to burst your bubble, but...American middle class? That's gonna be something we read about in history books. Your family and many others like you is being betrayed by a class of people who believe that economic logic leaves no room for human concern...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Apparently comments number 3 and 9 did not watch the video or read the full post where it said "long junked." The car was already missing several important features, ie front wheels and a bunch of sheet metal, before these guys started in. What good would this do to send to Africa or Russia?
      • 8 Years Ago
      How thoughtfull... destruction is much easier than construction...

      This car could have been put to better use - for example, donated to those who can't afford one or shipped overseas to the poor regions of Africa, Russia, etc.

      This is typical American pasttime - just do whatever you feel like it, not thinking of others.
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