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Obscure Vehicle History: Ford Shogun

This car is a mid-engine festiva with over 200 hp. It's insane.

2y ago

The Ford Shogun was a specially modified Ford Festiva built in 1989 with just 7 units being built. 7! That's crazy! It's mid-engine and rear wheel drive. The car was modified by Chuck Beck and Rick Titus, who I just think happen to be absolute geniuses for even dreaming of building such an... interesting little car. I want one. Really bad.

The Shogun is powered by a Ford SHO DOHC V6 (which is a Yamaha part) engine mounted in the backseat. The SHO V6 is a 3.0L that revved to an incredible 7,000 rpm, and produced 220 horses along with 200 lb-ft of torque. The Yamaha V6 is mated to the same 5-speed manual gearbox you'd find in a normal Festiva. According to Jay Leno's Garage, the car weighs 2190 lbs. It has weight distribution of 57% rear and 43% front. 0-60 happens in just 5 seconds. Features include a 15 gallon fuel tank, SHOGUN Recaro bucket seats, A/C, AM/FM radio, cassette, and a stereo as standard.

The top speed of the car is 145 miles per hour, and the quarter mile happens in just 13.62 seconds @ 104 mph. The ground clearance is 5.75 inches, and it's 53.2 inches tall. The car is 73.5 inches wide, and the car is 144 inches. The wheelbase is 91 inches.

The car started at $42,000 in 1989, which is about $87,000 in today's money. $87,000 for an engine-swapped Festiva. Though, since they only sold 7, Jay Leno claims that he was about to get his for $35,000 which is about $72,500.

If you remember this car from somewhere, it might be all the articles in magazines written on it when it came out. For example, the February 1991 Road and Track issue, which featured the Shogun on the cover. It was also in Autoweek and Turbo and High-Tech Performance. It was in the ten best cars of Car and Driver.

So, you want a Shogun. As do I, and I'm sure many other people. I was only able to find one Shogun for sale on some forums for $42,000 listed in 2005. I wish I had that kind of money then. So, if you want to have a Shogun, you'll have to be very, very patient, and you have to have a lot of money.

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Comments (2)

  • ... and the business cards

      1 year ago
  • What a great story! I recently purchased a collection of vintage automobilia and found this letter (press release?) and a couple of original business cards.

      1 year ago