• Jun 2, 2009
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Last night was the debut of the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien as its new host. The gangly, six-foot-something comedian made the move from late-late night in New York to just late night in Los Angeles, and his first show featured special guests Will Ferrell, Pearl Jam and an old friend that made the trip from NYC: his second-gen 1992 Ford Taurus SHO in a brilliant shade of Jewel Green.

Conan had a whole segment devoted to the SHO and how its inherent coolness works on both coasts. Driving around LA, the SHO clearly impressed the ladies and made Fabio regret his purchase of a Lamborghini Gallardo. Sure, the SHO had to be returned home on a flat bed, but it's all part of the charm. Here's hoping Conan's ride becomes a regular cast member and that the new Tonight Show host celebrates the return of the 2010 Taurus SHO with us when it goes on sale later this year. He may not be as big of a car buff as Jay, but Conan always warms the cockles of our hearts when he brings out his SHO.

Follow the jump to view the clip for yourself and click here to check out a past clip featuring the SHO in New York.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope Conan is smart enough to see that the new SHO is a fake and equivalent to the excrement that comes out of dogs.

      No Yamaha...
      No Manual...
      No SHO...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope...just the TRUTH.

        But keep taking your little blue "Ford Cheerleader" pills.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yet another Ford bashing comment by Matt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ha! not sure if this was a jab, but it was still funny. Brad Pitt drove this car when Conan was in NY a few years ago too.
      Too bad to new SHO is auto-only.......... and ungainly. Not that the original was so hot, but at the least the rearend didn't look like and LTD from the 70's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny thing... Wasn't GM the sponsor of the show last night and he did a FORD skit?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought he was joking about the GM sponsorship.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually work with a woman who used to work at the Ford Dealership in Boston where Conan bought that car new.

      According to her he barely knew how to drive a manual at the time so a friend of his had to help him drive it home.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well I'm not much of a mainstream media person, but I did enjoy parts of that spot.

      Made me think of a couple of second gen SHOs that I had - a 93 and a 95 - both exactly the same color. Great cars, one lost to an accident (my fault) and the other to lots of daily driving.

      Btw, small factoid to remember - the auto came with a 3.2L version of the Yamaha motor, while the manual's was 3L. Therefore, not entirely a bad thing to have the auto.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I meant "exactly that same color" - that emerald green was by far the best color for the second generation SHO.

        Great car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was dying when I saw this, his first skit with his car was hilarious on Late Night. lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Using a car the SHO was a great idea. I admire Leno because of his passion for cars and I see Connan knew very well that using cars in his entrance would turn out great. I think Connan is hilarious and funny but I preferred Leno. Anyways both of them had good shows regardless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha that really cracked me up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go Conan...sadly, he never mentioned it was an SHO (was it an SHO?).

      I know he's sad he owns an SHO, but I don't know them well enough to know if the car was one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mean Super High output. Referring to the engine. It was the racy version for Ford's Grocery Getter. Not bad car. It has respect for what it is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was a SHO. Conan has had it on his show several times.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Back in the old days, he had referred to the car by its SHO moniker, it's just that it makes for better comedy to play up the "I drive an old POS Taurus".

        Back in my shoforum days, there was a rumor going around that Conan actually lurked there on occasion... though I'm sure we were just hopeful that there was another celebrity that was also an auto enthusiast, especially for our little cars...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford needs to capitalize on Conan for the new SHO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you John! I've been looking for this clip all morning, since I forgot to record Conan's first show last night and I'm a SHO owner. That was awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never been a big Conan fan, but I find it funny that him driving an SHO is indeed way more cool than Fabio driving the Gallardo!
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