All posts by Greg Wackett

Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club co-founder. Operates the Saleen Locating Service. Saleen historian and memorabilia collector.

FORD NATIONALS, CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA JUNE 1-3, 2018

Carlisle Ford Nationals, June 1-3, 2018

Saleen Automotive weekend hospitality tent

MEET STEVE SALEEN OF SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE
Hall of Famer Comes to Carlisle During Ford Weekend

A very popular name within automotive circles is coming to Carlisle courtesy of Saleen Automotive. Steve Saleen was born in California and attended USC, earning a degree in business. He parlayed his education into a booming career that saw him work with the Porsche Owners Club before becoming a competitive racer. In 1980, he entered the Formula Atlantic series and was third in the final series standings. After that, he advanced to the SCCA Trans-Am series in ’82, driving a Ford Mustang. From there, his passion for the Mustang grew immensely, culminating with the founding of Saleen Autosport in 1983 and subsequent building of the first Saleen Mustang.

In 1984, the car was completed, tested and raced against some of the world’s top cars, finishing first in its class at the Mosport 24 hour endurance race. Years later, Saleen formed a race team with comedian Tim Allen and driver Bob Bondurant. The three raced Saleen Mustangs in the SCAA World Challenge. Inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame in 1996 along side Carroll Shelby, Saleen remains active today, primarily with his namesake company, Saleen Inc.

Since establishing Saleen Automotive, the company has gone on to build countless Mustangs and Ford products. Saleen cars and trucks are seen as one of the top brands in the Ford market. Saleen also had a hand in the 2005-2006 Ford GT cars. Don’t miss out as Steve Saleen meets and greets with enthusiasts and does an autograph signing or two. Steve Saleen will be located in the Saleen Automotive booth located near the stage. Appearance and Autograph times are still to be announced so follow this page and our Carlisle Ford Nationals Facebook page.

Don’t miss a chance to meet Steve Saleen at Carlisle in 2018!

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Vehicle Classes:
131: MUSTANG – 1984 – 1993 SALEEN
133: MUSTANG – 1994 – 2004 SALEEN
135: MUSTANG – 2005 – 2014 SALEEN
137: MUSTANG – 2015 – Present SALEEN
139: SALEEN POWERED (truck, Focus, S7, etc)

CLUB:
Choose SALEEN OWNERS AND ENTHUSIASTS CLUB in the club drop down menu on registration to help us help you.

Carlisle Events Website:
www.carsatcarlisle.com

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Gate-N-Go: Your Green Light to the Showfield

Register for the 2018 Carlisle Ford Nationals Showfield. Registration includes weekend admission for two people. To qualify for the 10% Gate-N-Go pre-registration discount and have your entry window sticker mailed to you, please pre-register prior to April 30th, 2018 at midnight EST. Discount will be applied at checkout. After registering, a receipt will be emailed to you – please bring this receipt to the event. If you belong to a club, enter the full club name. Please do not abbreviate the club name.

https://store.carlisleevents.com/

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S302 SA-30 (14-009) HITS eBay

Price: $84,997.00
VIN: 1ZVBP8CF4E5322070
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 2014
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen S302 SA-30 Anniversary
Engine: 302 CID Supercharged
Transmission: 6-speed Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 8,096
Body Type: Coupe
Exterior Color: Tire Smoke White
Interior Color: Charcoal
For Sale By: Cosmo Motors
eBay #: 112881996645

14-009 S302 SA-30
14-009 S302 SA-30

Vehicle Overview
SLA2014 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN – 30TH ANNIVERSARY – SIGNATURE SERIES

Ultra rare! Production #09 out of only 10 produced! 30th Anniversary! Saleen signature series! One owner! 6-speed manual! Only a very carefully driven 8k miles! Babied! Steve saleen personally signed authentication dash! $99,845k msrp! Supercharged v8! 625 hp! This car is insane! Finished in the beautiful tire smoke white paint over next to perfect black and white leather interior!

14-009 S302 SA-30
14-009 S302 SA-30

Gorgeous 5-spoke alloy wheels coated in the tire smoke white paint wrapped in cooper tires! Completely smoke free and still smells new! Amazing sounding shaker 500 audio system! Leather wrapped steering wheel! Ice cold a/c! Am/Fm radio! Sirius XM radio!

External temperature display! And so much more! Too much to list!

14-009 S302 SA-30
14-009 S302 SA-30

Under the hood lies the monster 5.0l supercharged v8 engine, linked to that super smooth shifting 6-speed manual transmission! Rear wheel drive! This car is so much fun to drive! Do not miss out on your opportunity to come by and check out this super rare and amazing machine! This car will not last long at all on our showroom floor, so give us a call today for more info, before it is too late! Only at cosmo motors!

Options:
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES POWERTRAIN – SUPERCHARGED V8
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES INTERIOR
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES S4 HIGH PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES AIR MANAGEMENT
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES BRAKES
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES EXTERIOR TRIM
* SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES WHEELS

* CARFAX CERTIFIED – ONE OWNER
* 5.0L SUPERCHARGED V8 F DOHC 32V – REAR WHEEL DRIVE
* TIRE SMOKE WHITE EXTERIOR PAINT – 5-SPOKE ALLOY WHEELS PAINTED IN TIRE SMOKE WHITE – COOPER TIRES

* BLACK AND WHITE LEATHER INTERIOR – SHAKER AUDIO – LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL – ICE COLD A/C – EXTERNAL TEMP DISPLAY – SALEEN DESIGNED DASH – AM/FM RADIO – CD PLAYER – SIRIUS XM RADIO – AND MORE

* NEVER WRECKED OR SMOKED IN
* FULLY DETAILED AND SERVICED

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HAGERTY: FOX-BODY SALEEN MUSTANGS

Fox-body Saleen Mustangs: Why I’m buying them

By: COLIN COMER on November 27, 2017
Original Article: HAGERTY.COM

I saw a 1988 Saleen Mustang heading to the block at Barrett-Jackson. Not just any Saleen, but serial number 01—the one that was a development mule and appeared in all of the brochures. It was even a magazine test car and then Steve Saleen’s personal car. I followed it to the block and stood there as it bounced around numbers I thought seemed very cheap considering the car’s pedigree. I bid. And three minutes later the crack of the auctioneer’s hammer declared me the owner of 1988 Saleen #01.

1988 Saleen Mustang (serial #01)
1988 Saleen Mustang (serial #01)

Think Carroll Shelby was the only racer who hopped up Mustangs that went on to win championships? Nope. Steve Saleen did the same thing a couple of decades later with his Fox-body Saleen Mustangs. Starting in 1984, and using a similar formula to what Shelby employed on the original 1965–66 GT350s, Saleen focused on chassis, suspension, and braking upgrades to the factory Mustang. Shelby called it making “a racehorse out of a mule.”

And once again, it worked.

Steve Saleen and his Saleen Mustangs took home many racing wins, including the 24 Hours of Mosport (an SCCA Endurance Championship race) three years in a row, from 1986–88. The Saleen Mustang team won the 1987 SCCA Escort Endurance Championship Driver, Team, and Manufacturer titles for the series, and in 1993 the Saleen Mustang team placed third and fifth in the SCCA World Challenge championship. Not bad for a racer-turned-manufacturer that started with a car with decidedly humble beginnings. The 5.0-liter Fox Mustang was great, and it brought real performance back to the masses. But at the end of the day it was, well…still a 1978 Fairmont underneath.

In the 20 years between Shelby hot-rodding 1965 K Code Mustangs and Saleen attempting the same with 1984 Mustangs, a few more hurdles cropped up. Gone were the days of manufacturers freely swapping intakes, carburetors, and exhaust systems with any aftermarket parts they wanted. Saleen couldn’t do any engine modifications if he wanted to avoid trouble with the EPA, so he left the engine, exhaust, and drivetrain alone during his conversions. The upshot was that this preserved Ford’s factory warranty, which was another important aspect. Saleen did add a stiffened Racecraft suspension, custom wheels, sticky General tires, and a body kit that not only looked cool but likely offered some degree of aerodynamic benefit. As the years went on, Saleen slowly ramped up the modifications to include five-lug wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, and further interior upgrades, including trick Flofit front seats.

1989 Ford Mustang Saleen Fastback (Mecum)
1989 Ford Mustang Saleen Fastback (Mecum)

In its day, the Saleen Mustang was a pretty stout package that also came with undeniable street cred. It earned that reputation in no small part because, like the original Shelby Mustangs, the Saleen was an obtainable giant-killer. An underdog that punched well above its weight. A better, exclusive version of the 5.0-liter Mustang that was already the car everybody wanted.

And I was on that list. In the 1980s there was a Ford dealership situated between my grade school and my parents’ house. I wandered that lot at least once a day, oftentimes twice. In doing so I became friends with the lowest men on that dealership’s totem pole, guys I thought had the perfect job—the lot boys and the “get ready” car prep guys. These dudes had it made, at least as far as I was concerned. They were the first to drive the new cars in from the transport trucks, and they got to unwrap, clean, and drive them around some more! Well, at least to the front line or up the ramp to the second floor storage lot. Which was conveniently lubricated with years worth of tire dressing. Hmmm.

In 1983, the Mustang GTs started rolling in. In ’84, the new “GT350” limited-production specials came out. I was a kid so I had no idea they were a “GT350” in name only, or that Shelby was going after Ford for trademark infringement. Yet as cool as they looked, they just didn’t have the bite to match their visual bark. Then came electronic fuel injection and roller camshafts, and the continuous development of the 5.0-liter that made it into a killer. The burnouts these new 225-horsepower cars could do on the ramp made that very clear.

1987 Saleen Mustang front 3/4
1987 Saleen Mustang front 3/4
1988 Saleen Mustang Convertible and 1987 Saleen Mustang Hatchback
1988 Saleen Mustang Convertible and 1987 Saleen Mustang Hatchback

By this time I was off to high school and in possession of a crisp new driver’s license. That, of course, heightened my awareness of what car I’d buy if I won the lottery. I got my answer instantly upon seeing an episode of Motorweek in early 1988, when a new Saleen Mustang was tested. It was white with blue stripes, and John Davis couldn’t say enough good things about it. It was a “racer for the street” and showed “just how much more a Mustang could be.” The Saleen also trounced the new ASC McLaren Mustang the Saleen went up against in the test. And this alone really sealed the deal, since a kid in my high school had received an ASC McLaren convertible from his parents. Oh, to get a Saleen and have the chance to heads-up race that oblivious kid from the other side of the tracks! It was the stuff of dreams. One, like many, that would have to wait.

Fast-forward a few more decades, to the point when I found myself at that certain age when nostalgia suddenly becomes more of an issue. I watched as Fox-body 5.0-liter Mustangs, new cars in my formative years, became collectible, and I started looking for one in earnest. Then I saw a 1988 Saleen Mustang heading to the block at Barrett-Jackson. Not just any Saleen, but serial number 01—the one that was a development mule and appeared in all of the brochures. It was even a magazine test car and then Steve Saleen’s personal car. I followed it to the block and stood there as it bounced around numbers I thought seemed very cheap considering the car’s pedigree. I bid. And three minutes later the crack of the auctioneer’s hammer declared me the owner of 1988 Saleen #01.

They say never meet your heroes, but the Saleen didn’t disappoint when I drove it. It was a riot. Everything a good Fox-body car should be but far more raw, with a punishingly stiff Racecraft suspension. It drives just like you’d expect a slightly more modern early Shelby to drive, but with A/C, power steering, and really good brakes. It has just enough power to drive it tail-out almost anywhere you want, making freeway ramps into all kinds of sideways fun. And the car is very well balanced and predictable, at least on smooth roads.

1987 Saleen Mustang - courtesy of Colin Comer
1987 Saleen Mustang – courtesy of Colin Comer

All of this fun with #01 led me to look at other Fox Body Saleens as they came up for sale. For the price of one vintage Shelby Mustang you could fill an airplane hangar full of them. I focused on 1987–89 model years primarily because they combined five-lug wheels, the Flofit interior, and also pre-dated the airbag steering wheel that arrived in 1990. The earlier “four-eyed” Saleen Mustangs from 1984–86, of course, are also desirable because of their even smaller production numbers, unique early features such as three-piece front air dams, 15-inch wheels, and other details that show how the cars (and production) evolved quickly. Plus, the 1984-86 cars feature the arguably more attractive quad headlights with cool Saleen-installed Plexiglas covers.

Ground Effect Kit 90-93 Saleen Mustang SC
Ground Effect Kit 90-93 Saleen Mustang SC
Ground Effect Kit 88-89 Saleen Mustang SSC
Ground Effect Kit 88-89 Saleen Mustang SSC

A handful of years later, the heritage, affordable cost of entry, and off-the-charts fun factor has resulted in a herd of Saleens following me home (six, at this writing, to be exact). Insanity? I don’t think so, and here’s my defense: Again, much like those first Shelby Mustangs, Saleen was a small manufacturer finding its way with a specialized product. The conversion also wasn’t cheap; in 1987 it was a roughly $7,500 more than the base Mustang LX 5.0-liter’s $13,000 base price. As a result the production numbers are very low, totaling just hundreds each year. And, very much in parallel with Shelbys, every Saleen Mustang is serialized and can be documented, in this case by contacting Saleen directly. Club support is fantastic as well; Saleen owners are a passionate group who love their cars. Both bode well for the future of these cars because the fakes are being filtered out and the good cars are being cherished.

Which brings me to another point: The attrition rate for Saleen Mustangs is surprisingly high, either as a result of wrecks, thefts, or simply cars falling into the wrong hands or being destroyed by modifications. So as the market matures and collectors seek out truly elite-grade examples, the few examples of great, stock, low mileage Saleens that remain among the original limited production run protect the model’s future value.

The best part? Right now a good early Saleen carries a very small premium over what some of the best Fox-body 5.0-liter Mustangs are bringing. It seems as close to a no-brainer proposition as there is, especially in today’s increasingly hot 1980s collector car market. Even though prices have noticeably jumped in the last three years or so, you’re not too late to the Saleen party. There are still pretty fantastic Saleens for under $30K, and it’s possible to stumble on a great deal for much less. I’ve seen nice “driver-level” cars which sell for as little as $15K, but I have also noticed the supply dwindle considerably in the last two years. And we all know how the law of supply and demand works.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not predicting people will get rich off these things in the near future. But I sure think in another 10 to 20 years there will be another comparison to draw between Shelby and Saleen Mustangs—that they both really hit their stride value-wise when they turned 40. And even if I’m totally wrong about that, I don’t think anybody who buys one will complain after the fun they’ll have with it in the years to come.

And that’s why I’m still buying them.

P.S. If you have a really great Saleen for sale, please disregard all of the above. Just contact me so I can buy your car.

[Source: Hagerty]

STEVE SALEEN INTERVIEW WITH ALAN TAYLOR ON ‘THE DRIVE’

The Drive with Alan Taylor

Details
We are back with interviews from the 2017 SEMA Show that we will be rolling out over the next few weeks. First up, live from the Craftsman Garage, we chat with the CEO of Barrett-Jackson, Craig Jackson, about the charity cars they had at the last auction in Las Vegas. Next, Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy shares his history with SEMA, Bonneville racing, and his friendship with Chip Foose. Then, Hollywood Car Consultant, Josh Hancock, jumps on the mic with legendary builder Steve Saleen. Steve talks with us about the Saleen rides at SEMA, and some exciting business news from China. Russell Holmes of Garage Rehab discusses his role on the show and sounds off about some of the craziest garages that the crew has been to. Switching lanes, Stacey David of GearZ shares all about his past as a musician, his recent children’s book, and touches on his show. Rutledge Wood, NASCAR personality, explains a charity build he is doing with eBay Motors and a new show on the horizon for him. Ray Evernham, host of AmeriCarna, tells us about his role in the making of the movie Cars 3 and about the friendly, family rivalry between him and his wife, who is also a professional driver. Last up, we hit the backroads of our imagination with the crew from Dirt Every Day, who tell us about the wild 4x4s they have hit the mud with. Fill up on our stars’ personal Craftsman tool stories that helped them build their dreams.

Steve Saleen at the Craftsman booth!
Steve Saleen at the Craftsman booth!

[00:19:53] Marvelous Memories of Meeting Steve Saleen
Alan and Josh Hancock of JoshCAR chat about the legendary builder, Steve Saleen. Tim Allen used to have a team called “RRR Speedlab” with Steve, and this was Alan’s first introduction to these great drivers. Josh tells us that he first met Steve at the Saleen facility in Detroit while filming a movie that was never released. One thing is for sure, the Saleen team really knows how to get things into production and execute projects with great precision. Shifting gears a bit, Alan and Josh talk about Craftsman tools, and what it’s like to be in the Craftsman Garage at SEMA.

TD 111817: Steve Saleen
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[Source: The Drive with Alan Taylor]

McDONALD’S PRIZE CAR S281 (05-1305) HITS eBay

Price: $37,500.00
VIN: 1ZVFT82H855233330
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 2005
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: GT Saleen S281
Engine: 4.6L OHC 24-VALVE V8
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 2,800
Body Type: Coupe
Exterior Color: Torch Red
Interior Color: Charcoal
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 302418899944

05-1305 S281 3-Valve
05-1305 S281 3-Valve

* 2005 Ford Mustang GT Saleen S281
* Under 2800 Original Miles – VIN: 1ZVFT82H855233330
* ALL REASONABLE OFFERS WILL BE ENTERTAINED

This is one of 3 Saleen Mustangs awarded by McDonalds as part of prize contest 2005.
Original Owner – Never driven in rain. Only driven weekends and to car shows.
Garaged it’s entire life.

* As close to showroom New Condition as you are ever going to find.
* Sold as is as described. No warranties. Clear NYS Title.
* I have McDonalds promotion materials from the contest that go’s with the car.
* Note custom rocker panel factory installed graphics listing promoters of the contest.
* Also custom color matched indoor car cover included with sale.
* I reserve the right to end listing early, at any time, as vehicle is for sale locally.
* I will load more pictures as possible – if you have questions – ask.
* If you buy – $1000 deposit is due within 24 hours and is non – refundable.
* I do not want to play any games – what you see is what you get. Serious buyers only please.
* Buyer is responsible for full payment & pick up within 7 days – I will not deliver.
* Please review payment terms – PAYPAL – CASH or CERTIFIED BANK CHECK ONLY.
* No Money Orders or personal checks.

05-1305 S281 3-Valve
05-1305 S281 3-Valve

I have sold 2 cars on eBay and both buyers were very pleased with purchase. I am not dying to sell it, but want to move onto a new toy. This is a great opportunity for someone out there. Thank you for your interest – Please check out my other listings.

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LIZSTICK S302 EXTREME (08-0016E) HITS eBay

Price: $59,500.00
VIN: 1ZVHT82H185157981
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 2008
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen S302 Extreme
Engine: 302 CID Supercharged
Transmission: 6-speed Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 150
Body Type: Coupe
Exterior Color: Lizstick
Interior Color: Charcoal
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 302402033559

08-0016E S302 Extreme
08-0016E S302 Extreme

2008 Ford Mustang S302 Saleen Extreme. #16 of 22 produced. only 1 in this color (custom Lizstick Red Pearl $17,000 option) All Saleen options including fully blueprinted 620hp supercharged 302. 6 speed manual transmission, Racecraft suspension, 6 piston calipers, 20″ chrome 5 star wheels, carbon fiber front and rear spoilers, full gauge package, leather interior, dash signed by Steve Saleen. ETC. the car has been meticulously cared for and only has 150 miles. never seen rain, garaged in climate controlled room. A rare opportunity to own an amazing machine at an original cost of 100K. 2 owners, both collectors. All documents, portfolio, mats still in plastic. The car is in PERFECT condition. not a mark or spec of dirt on it. Beautiful example of a Saleen Mustang. You wont find a nicer example. As close to new as you will find. looks like day 1. more photos to follow or on request. $59,500.00 car is located in Washington State. Private collection. Serious Buyers please, call for additional information 425-985-2233

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GRABBER ORANGE HERITAGE EDITION (07-0047H) HITS OPEN MARKET

Location: Macomb, Michigan, 48044
VIN #: 1ZVFT82H175231177
Mileage: 7100
Transmission: Manual
Condition: Mint
Exterior: Grabber Orange
Interior: Dark charcoal leather
Website: hemmings.com

Seller’s Description:
This 2007 Saleen Mustang was manufactured on May 23, 2007. It is one of six in Grabber Orange and one of one as the car is equipped. This car has been pampered for the 8 years that it has been owned and is only taken out of the garage between May and October. Always garage kept. Stored in a temperature controlled garage in the winter. The model number of this Saleen is 07-047H. It has the optional 3:73 rear gear, 5 speed trans with a number of other upgrades from Saleen when manufactured. All of the factory options, some of them are, a.c. shaker 500 am-fm cd player.The is a rare opportunity to own a rare Mustang.

Price: $38,900 firm

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1988 HATCHBACK (88-0367) LANDS ON eBay

Price: $29,995.00
VIN: 1FABP41E9JF217914
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1988
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 11,006
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Rev Up Motors
eBay #: 391796354793

1988 Ford Saleen Mustang
Number 367 of 708 Saleens Produced in 1988

88-0367
88-0367

* 5.0
* Survivor
* Number 367
* FloFit Seats
* Only 11k Miles
* Loaded With Options
* Racecraft Suspension
* Perfect CARFAX Guarantee
* FOX Body Mustangs Are HOT
* Saleen Mustangs Are Even HOTTER!

88-0367
88-0367

Show Quality Condition Inside and Out

Ford produced a whopping 95,527 Mustangs equipped with the Legendary FIVE POINT OHHHH engine in 1988. This includes all the GTs and LXs in coupes, convertibles, and sedans (notchbacks). In perspective, the Saleens represent less than 1% of the 5.0 Liter Mustangs produced in 1988 with only 708 produced. Very rare indeed!

The Fox Body Mustangs are screaming up the collectibility charts in value and demand. The original, low mile, pure cars always lead the way, such as this pristine Saleen example. Buy this piece of history NOW!

CARFAX HIGHLIGHTS
* No Accidents / Damage Reported to CARFAX
* No Airbag Deployment Reported to CARFAX
* Vehicle Qualifies for the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee
* No Structural/Frame Damage Reported to CARFAX
* No Manufacturer Recalls Reported to CARFAX
* No Indication of an Odometer Rollback
* No Total Loss Reported to CARFAX

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LOW MILEAGE SSC (89-0129SSC) LANDS ON eBay

Price: $38,000.00
VIN: 1FABP41E7KF247642
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1989
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen
Engine: Saleen-tuned 5.0L V8
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: Auburn limited-slip / 3.55 gears
Mileage: 2,546
Body Type: Hatchback
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Exterior Color: Oxford White
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 152556713962

89-0129 SSC
89-0129 SSC

When the 25th anniversary of the Ford Mustang rolled around in 1989, it seems as though their marketing department was the only group interested in capitalizing on the date. There were parties and cross country cruises but no special edition Mustang emerged. Thankfully, Steve Saleen and company weren’t going to let 1989 go by without building something worth talking about. His creation was the brilliant single-purpose 1989 Saleen SSC. It was a road-race ready son-of-a-Mustang that served to remind everyone just what Fox bodies were capable of. With only 161 produced, SSC’s were scarce commodities to begin with. These days, finding a clean example is a daunting prospect. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to offer SSC #129 – this showroom fresh 2,500-original mile example. All original with no modifications made, this car remains as Saleen intended. If you’re looking for a solid investment sure to put a grin on your face, look no further.

The Fox body Mustang was introduced in 1979 as a replacement for the compact Mustang II. Its sharp edged design was a dramatic departure and offered buyers a much sportier package than the previous body style. By 1989, the now ten-year-old Fox platform had matured and provided a truly solid platform for tuners like Saleen. This one, like all ’89 SSC’s, is painted with an even coat of white that showcases the cars understated lines. With just under 2,600 original miles, this cars pampered life is obvious from across the room. All the original body panels are still in place and remarkably straight. Panel fitment remains factory correct with decent gaps all around.

89-0129 SSC
89-0129 SSC

Saleen cars always have a number of distinct visual cues to set them apart. At the front, a number 129 decal sits under the driver side headlight just above a tasteful Saleen-designed urethane front air dam. As always, a large Saleen decal graces the top of the windshield. At the sides, urethane skirts give the car a lower look while complimenting the yellow and gray SSC-exclusive stripes. All molding is gray in color. Out back, the urethane rear valance completes the body kit and provides a nice visual tie-in for the competition-design rear wing. Overall, the package looks OEM but somehow different, like a GT body kit turned up to 11.

Pop the hood open and you’ll find the legendary multi-port fuel injected 5.0L V8. In stock form, these engines made an advertised 225hp and 300lb. ft. of torque. Though respectably strong in a regular Mustang, taking things to the next level is what Saleen is all about. Up top, a 65mm throttle body feeds air into a modified upper and lower intake manifold that sends fuel to the Saleen-designed high-flow SSC heads. The valve train has been upgraded with 1:7 SVO roller rockers. Polished aluminum valve covers and a special SSC engine plenum plate add some style to the bay. Exhaust gases travel through a Walker Dynomax low-restriction exhaust system on their way out of the two rear tips at the rear of the car. With the Saleen upgrades in place, the 5.0L produced 292hp and 325lb. ft. of torque good for 0-60 times around 5.6 seconds with high 14-second quarter mile runs.

89-0129 SSC
89-0129 SSC

Backing the hot 5.0 is a precision shifting Borg Warner T-5 manual transmission with a heavy duty clutch. That T-5 appropriates power to the Auburn limited-slip differential packed with 3.55:1 gears. The chassis is always a strong point on these Saleen cars and this one is no exception. Saleen-specific Racecraft coil springs absorb bumps with the help of Monroe Formula GP electronic cockpit adjustable 3-position struts and shocks. The chassis is stiffened by strut tower braces and a four-point interior support. When it comes time to slow down, four-wheel SVO-type disc brakes get the job done efficiently. Being a modern car, power steering is naturally present. At the corners specially designed SSC wheels wear a white coating and a General ZP2000 Z-rated tires in sizes 225/50 and 245/50, respectively.It doesn’t take much time inside #129 to realize this is no ordinary Mustang. The first major giveaway is the absence of a backseat and the addition of the four-point chassis brace. It’s a pure race car look and fits the car’s personality well. From the ground up, custom Saleen carpet covers that empty space behind the gray, yellow and white glove leather bucket seats. The seats are firm and supportive as performance-oriented seats should be. The leather treatment extends to the hand-tailored steering wheel, door panels and shift knobs. Instrumentation comes courtesy of Saleen-branded gauges including a tachometer and 200-mph speedometer. Though it may look aftermarket, that’s a SSC-exclusive 120-watt Pioneer CD player with a 16-band equalizer sending power to a limited-edition rear sound enclosure. With its stripped down look and high quality pieces, this is arguable one of the coolest Saleen interiors ever produced.

One of the best parts of Saleen cars is their built-in pedigree. Like all true SSC’s, this one carries its build number on the bumper with corresponding build plaques located on the passenger side of the firewall and on the console in front of the shifter. If you’re unfamiliar with how Saleen operated, it’s worth noting that they numbered their cars based on overall build numbers, not individual models. While Saleen only built 161 SSC’s in 1989, they built 895 cars total. The #129 represent this cars place within those 895. For good measure, all numbers have been verified by Saleen.

Rarity and value generally go hand in hand but the combination sometimes makes for a dull ownership experience. Regardless if you drive it 5 miles or 25,000 miles, this Mustang offers the chance to enjoy a limited-production low-mileage car with the knowledge that it will continue to appreciate in value. No matter how you look at it, that’s a win-win situation. If you’ve dreamed of owning an unmolested SSC, they don’t get much better than this. Don’t miss the opportunity to make #129 a permanent part of your collection!

Dan – 949.212.6240

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