There have been numerous successful models that have come out from the Ford plants. Although Ford has done extremely well with its pickups, muscle cars, and SUVs, the U.S. automaker has also produced a few great sedans. One of those was the Ford Taurus SHO.
Production for this car began in 1989 and lasted until 1999. Then, Ford decided to put the brakes on production again until 2009. The U.S. automaker kept the SHO in production the second time around until 2019 before deciding to can the project since it was no longer profitable.
Since the SHO has been in production for numerous years, it has undergone several changes. The design changed and so did the performance. Since we might not see another SHO model in production again, we compiled stunning pics that remind us of how much we miss it.
15. Out In The Desert
Some of the sedans that Ford produced might've had a reputation for unreliability, but it seems that some Taurus SHO owners felt that their car was reliable since some ventured out into the middle of nowhere with it. When you feel that you've got a safe car, then you'll go anywhere with it.
14. Where It All Began
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It was back in 1989 that Ford started producing the Taurus SHO. The above car is a '89 model. This one is in immaculate shape, and the owner deserves credit for taking such good care of it. The car had a Yamaha built-in V6 engine and a transmission that Mazda designed and manufactured.
13. Funkmaster Flex's Pimped Ride
When you've got an awesome ride, then you should show it off to everyone. That's exactly what Funkmaster Flex did. After modifying his Taurus SHO, he showed it off at SEMA. According to Top Speed, Funkmaster Flex did that with his 2010 model, which boasted 22-inch wheels and Pirelli tires.
12. The Wagon Days
There used to be a time when Ford also produced the Ford Taurus SHO Wagon. The above picture is a 1992 model. Most auto brands have struggled to gain momentum with the sale of their wagons, but Ford managed to team up with Car and Driver staff and Ford engineers. It was meant to be for fun, but it ended up being another model.
11. Prim And Proper
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Ford started producing the Taurus SHO in 1989 and carried on until 1999. Then, production stopped for 10 years before Ford introduced the fourth generation from 2010. The above is a 2011 model. Esquire magazine named the 2010 Taurus SHO Car of the Year. A great achievement for Ford.
10. 1,000 Horsepower
Ford Taurus SHO was known as a performance vehicle and an upgrade from the regular Taurus. One of Taurus SHO owners wanted to give the car even more power, so he modified his to have 1,000 horsepower. According to Road and Track, the car does a quarter-mile in 9,65 seconds.
9. A '90s Baby
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Ford launched the Taurus SHO in the late '80s, but it was in the '90s when the car gained momentum. Feast your eyes on a 1990 Taurus SHO, which stood for Super High Output. This model is part of the first generation, which did a 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds and had a top speed of 143 mph.
8. Shines Like A Star
Throughout the years, Ford did a great job of making the Taurus SHO better. Not only did the car's performance improve, but so did the design. The latest models received a sporty upgrade, but that makes sense since the car provided good performance. This one looks stunning in black and shines like the star it is.
7. Pickup Version
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If you like the sedan version of the SHO but thought that a pickup version would be even better, then you were in luck if you spotted this 1994 model. Motor 1 advertised that an SHO sedan converted into a pickup was on sale for $7,500. It's nice to know that there are a few options when choosing an SHO.
6. Pimped And Sporty
Don't judge a book by its cover, and you shouldn't do it with a car either. Although the early Taurus SHOs might not have looked slow, they provided good performance. With the newer models, Ford decided it was time to match the design with the performance so that it also looks fast and not only that it performs fast.
5. Green With Envy
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It's difficult to believe the condition of this car since it's old. When you've looked well after a car, then you can even pass it off as a younger model. The person who looked so well after this car deserves an award. No doubt that he'll be able to get a great price for this car if he decided to sell it. Who knows, it could worth quite a bit?
4. The Last Of The Great
It was at the beginning of 2019 that Ford decided it would no longer produce sedans. Production of the Focus ended in 2018, and it was Taurus' turn in 2019. Well, all good things must come to an end. Maybe, one day Ford will decide to bring back Taurus SHO. It happened before, so it's possible.
3. Old School
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Production of the SHO started in 1989, and in 1999, Ford managed to sell only 3,000 units. That was the biggest reason they stopped producing it that year. When Ford rebooted the brand, they had some success with the car but ended up scrapping the entire project in 2019.
2. The Second Coming
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The first generation lasted until 1991; then, Ford introduced the second generation in 1992. Although Ford redesigned the 1992 model, SHO had the same powertrain as before. The interior had unique seats, but the outside consisted of borrowed front fenders, hoods and headlights from Mercury Sable.
1. Superb Modification
If you weren't satisfied with the latest model's design, then you had an opportunity to modify the car to your liking. That's exactly what the owner of this Taurus SHO did, and he performed an incredible job. Some of the changes included rims, lights, tinted windows and a wrap. It looks awesome.