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Ford Festiva SHOgun replica - Click above for image gallery

Way back in the late 1980s, Chuck Beck, who's perhaps best known for his excellent Porsche 550 Spyder replicas, created what in our minds is still one of the greatest hot hatchbacks of all time: the Festiva SHOgun. While nobody would mistake the lowly Ford Festiva as a performance vehicle, the SHOgun packed a 220 horsepower secret behind its front seats in the form of a V6 engine yanked from a Ford Taurus SHO. A legend was born.

There were only seven SHOguns produced in 1989 (number three is still owned by Jay Leno), so it's highly unlikely you'll ever run into one for sale. Of course, the possibility exists that you could just make one yourself... or, alternatively, purchase this replica on eBay.

The car's current owners claim to have purchased their SHOgun replica from a museum and say that it's powered by a 1996 SHO powerplant. We don't think so. The '96 SHO had a V8 engine and this one, like all the real SHOguns, used a Yamaha V6 – in this case mated up to an automatic transmission. Interested? Click here to visit the auction page.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Automatic transmission?
      • 6 Years Ago
      rear flares are wrong, the real SHOgun had box types that went from the door opening to the back of the car.
      This little guy also does not have a front end kit.
      Oh well, nice try - but the auto trans and no fuel cell kills it
      • 6 Years Ago
      those were the days, when engines looked beautiful and didn't need ugly plastic covers. I remember seeing the SHOGUN at the LA autoshow, I wanted one since then. I did think there were more then 7 though. It's more special then I thought.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah... no... thank you, though.

      I'm really not liking the fuel tank up front. Should be a race-type fuel cell, if anything.

      Somebody's going to spin this thing into a ditch right off the bat.

      Caveat emptor!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm curious what the F/R weight balance is on this thing. I've considered trying such a creation many times, though not with a Fiesta and SHO powertrain. It appears (?) that this one is an automatic, which I assume would simplify the conversion considerably. I always wanted to make one with a 5-speed, but figured the linkage would be a bear to sort out, considering it would normally run rearwards instead of forwards from the tranny.

      Cool stuff.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I beg pardon-- Festiva, not Fiesta. I always got those two confused.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Always loved the SHOGUN!!!!

      • 6 Years Ago
      If it,s a six, like u say ,how come it,s got 8 runners?
      • 6 Years Ago
      You'd think the first thing they'd do would be at least try to imitate the body mods of the original SHOgun. This wouldn't be mistaken for a real SHOgun 100 feet away, lame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really there were only 7 SHOguns produced? I thought there were more than that. Maybe I think that because I saw one.

      There was one for sale at a classic car dealer in Bedford, OH ten years ago. Weren't all the SHOguns blue or silver as well? This replica doesn't look anything like the car I saw. Maybe I should have traded my RX-7 in on it when I had the chance.

      The real SHOgun had extremely wide boxed fenders with a full length air scoop and a larger wing. There was also a full length ground effect package and a scooped hood. The interior was also completely redone with racing seats. For the most part it was a completely different car from the Festiva, it barely shared a part outside the chassis.

      I don't know why this thing would have been in a museum. A real SHOgun belongs there but not this hack job.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kia was in America long before most people realize. Too bad the Aspire replaced it -- the Festiva wasn't so bad!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, it's sold alread and for just under $6k. This car has actually been for sale for over a year now at a collector's car dealership. I inquired about it a few months back and never got a reply. Here's the original link:

      • 6 Years Ago
      "The car's current owners claim to have purchased their SHOgun replica from a museum"

      No, they purchased it out of a "museaum".
        • 6 Years Ago
        Neither do I. :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't get it either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok, I'll bite. I don't get it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "museum" is spelled correctly.
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