Ah yes, the quintessential sleeper. The original Ford Taurus SHO.
One great way to have fun with several passengers is with a so-called "super saloon." BMW has always done it best with the M5, but examples of those from the early nineties are just getting more and more expensive. Mercedes-Benz did the 190E with the Cosworth engine, but that wasn't blisteringly quick. Besides, all these German cars are notorious for being money pits once everything breaks.
In the end of the eighties, Ford decided they would provide the world with an alternative. This car was that alternative. They had Yamaha over-engineer their 3.0 V-6, and what resulted was a high-revving and nearly indestructible 3.2 V-6 with 220 horsepower. By today's standards that doesn't sound like much, but let me put it to you this way. That is just a handful of horses away from the 5.0 fox body Mustangs from the same era, and this engine was nearly 2.0-liters smaller. That meant this four door family car could hit sixty in less than seven seconds. That is stupid fast.
The best part? No one realizes this. People see you driving down the street thinking you're in a normal old Taurus. Even real enthusiasts forget just how quick these cars are. It is also the sad part. Because of the SHO's forgotten performance, many examples have been left to rot in backyards, or beaten to death by their owners. They are getting rarer by the minute.
Just to show I am not biased and full of hot air, check out this road test where the driver is completely blown away by what the SHO could do:
Look at how little body roll the car shows during that slalom test!
Sure, it might be a bit outdated, considering some examples are over twenty years old. However, that means that upgrading and modernizing one isn't a complete travesty. It is a car that might actually be tasteful for a mild "resto-mod."
Plus, who doesn't love embarrassing people who think their Civic is fast?