• Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1990 Ford Taurus SHO
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
Ford sold the first-generation Taurus SHO for the 1989 through 1991 model years, and no Taurus since that time has attained its level of madness. Oh, sure, later Tauruses had more horsepower, but the combination of lightweight, ordinary-looking sedan, high-revving engine, and manual transmission made the original Taurus SHO the purest of the factory-hot-rod Detroit sedans of its era. Here's a 1990 Ford Taurus SHO in a Colorado wrecking yard.

Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO

Ford hired piano- and motorcycle-builder Yamaha to turn the unexciting Vulcan V6 into a performance engine, and the result was a 7,000-rpm redline, 220 horsepower, and one of the coolest-looking intake manifolds in automotive history.

Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO

First-gen Taurus SHO buyers had just one transmission choice: a five-speed manual. This hurt sales (Ford had seen the writing on the wall and stopped selling the regular Taurus with a manual after the 1988 model year) but made this car a tire-torturing beast. By 1993, the Taurus SHO could be had with two pedals. By 1996, every Taurus sold in North America was slushbox-only.

Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO

The plastic cladding and embossed SHO badges come right from the early-1990s-sporty-car playbook.

Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO

This car got a rattlecan paint job by one of its later owners, ensuring that its next mechanical failure costing more than a C-note to fix would be a death sentence.

Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO

Ford hadn't quite made the switch to six-digit odometers in 1990, so we don't know the real mileage total for this car. I'm guessing that it's 155,648.

Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO

With this trashed interior, a restoration wouldn't have made much sense. Someone could have made a fun track-day car out of this one, even with the transmission's tendency to fail on a road course.

Junked 1990 Ford Taurus SHO

Made in Atlanta.

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