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“Original owner with 10,000 miles, original paint and interior. 86-0068 was special ordered as a stripped down Mustang from Ford and drop shipped to Saleen Autosport for the Saleen conversion. Car was purchased to compete in SCCA Solo II.”

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang, competition debut

The ’80s were a relaunch of factory-backed racing efforts from Ford Motor Company. Earlier in the decade, with the birth of Special Vehicle Operations, FMC became a global juggernaut in all forms of vehicle racing through their Ford Motorsport program lead by Michael Kranefuss. While Detroit was busy forming Goliath; a little-known Californian upstart run by Steve Saleen approached the Motorsport operation with his plan to remanufacture 5-Liter Mustangs into an uncompromised, signature series, street-legal, niche performance vehicle. With SVOs blessing, the Saleen Mustang concept became a welcomed addition to FMCs Motorsport agenda and their “Racing into the Future” marketing vision.

“Saleen had said this car was what they would have done if they were to sell a R-version to the public. At the time they were out of the Hurst shifters for the street cars, but since they knew I would be racing this one; Saleen took a backup shifter from their race team to install into 86-0068.”

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

1986 was Saleen Autosport’s debut year into SCCA road racing. Their ’86 model year signature package was approved for SCCA Showroom Stock Endurance Series in class SS/GT. Saleen would compete with SCCA’s entire calendar of events; winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Mosport race late in the season. While the factory racing team was busy scraping paint with Porsche and Corvette on a national stage, effort was also made to endorse Saleen Mustang sales to regional racers seeking a value added, sanction approved performance package, for their dreams of clinching the checkered flag. Through Saleen Autosport’s grassroots support program; experienced racers could special order a new vehicle and qualify for competition incentives throughout their competition season.

“86-0068 was the first Saleen Mustang shipped to Pennsylvania. After I took delivery Steve Saleen called me and asked if I was willing to take my car to New York for a Koni advertising photo shoot. I mentioned to Steve I had to make sure could take time away from work. When I called back the following day Saleen had made other arrangements because of their short lead time.”

George Chabal, of western Pennsylvania, was one of Saleen Autosport’s earliest competition customers. With an eye on the SCCA Solo II Series, George contacted Steve Saleen on how best to order a new Mustang for club racing. With Steve’s assistance they ordered a Bright Red 5-Liter LX hatchback with tinted glass, light group, power lock group and Ford radio delete. Other equipment would include Saleen’s standard Kenwood sound system, Ford Mustang GT seating and Hurst short-throw shifter; George would arrive to PA SCCA events in style.


I. Regional
A. Class Champion 1987-2001 ESP, 1999 Driver of the Year; Steel Cities Region SCCA
B. Year End Points Champion North Hills Sports Car Club
1. Most number of total & consecutive since start in 1958
2. 1984,1987-1990,1993-1994

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

II. SCCA NEDIV Divisional
A. 2nd, Best Finish
B. 1st, 1995

A. 1st, 1998

IV. SCCA National Tours
A. Evansville, IN 1993: 3rd
B. Norfolk, VA, 1994: 2nd
C. Evansville, IN, 1994: 3rd
D. Pittsburgh, PA, 1996: 1st
V. PA State Championships
A. 1st, 1992
B. 2nd, 1993
C. 2nd, 1994
D. 1st, 1995

VI. SCCA SOLO II Nationals, Salina, KS
A. Middle of group, 1990-1992,1994
B. 8th 1996
C. 7th 1997

I. Regional
A. Class Champion 1983-1997 ESPL, Steel Cities Region SCCA
B. 2nd year end points North Hills Sports Car Club 1995

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

II. SCCA NEDIV Divisional
A. 1st 1983-1986, 1991-1997
B. 2nd 1987-1990, 1999

III. SCCA National Tour
A. Evansville, IN: 2nd 1993
B. Evansville, IN: 1st 1994
C. Norfolk, VA: 1st 1994

IV. PA State Championships
A. 1st 1992-1995
B. 2nd 1999

V. SCCA SOLO II Nationals, Salina, KS
A. 4th 1989
B. 3rd 1991
C. 2nd 1992
D. 3rd 1994
E. 5th 1995 (Topeka)
F. 2nd 1996
G. 1st 1997

86-0068 Saleen Mustang
86-0068 Saleen Mustang

Produced by Saleen Autosport using their facility at Burch Ford in La Habra California and shipped to Bures Ford in early May; 86-0068 was an unusual Saleen Mustang conversion given the lack of air conditioning, power windows and featuring a light grey Momo steering wheel.

For the 1986 model year Saleen produced 201 serialized Mustangs, 198 were street models with three competition prepared vehicles. The body style breakdown of those street models are, 187 hatchbacks and 11 convertibles.

Of the 187 street prepared hatchbacks, it is known that 47 were painted Bright Red (paint code 2R). Of those, 44 featured Charcoal interiors. All 44 were equipped with 5-speed manual transmissions, while 43 were built from the LX 5-Liter platform.

Closer examination of these 44 Bright Red with Charcoal interior conversions reveal, 35 were equipped with Saleen’s Kenwood Stereo. Of the 187 street prepared hatchbacks 86-0068 is one of three with delete features and one of three known with a light grey Momo steering wheel.

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[Source: George Chabal]


Price: $18,930.00
VIN: 1FABP28M8GF212617
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1986
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Engine: Fuel Injected 5.0L
Number of Cylinders: 8
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 66,974
Body Type: Hatchback
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 201568331518

86-0063 Saleen Mustang
86-0063 Saleen Mustang

*Call Gary @ 616-890-8864*

* 100% Authentic Original Saleen
* 100% Documented #63/201
* Only 66,974 original miles
* V8 5.0L
* True Original California Car
* Runs and Drives 100%
* Riken 16″ Rims
* Saleen Shift Knob
* (only 3 Saleens had this to match the interior)

86-0063 Saleen Mustang
86-0063 Saleen Mustang

* Saleen Decals
* Saleen Gauges
* Saleen 1 Piece Front Air Dam
* Saleen 1 Piece Rear Valance
* Saleen Wing
* Koni Shocks
* RARE Original Headlight Shields
* Saleen Painted Side Louvers
* Saleen Strut Tower Brace
* Original KENWOOD Stereo
* Saleen Decals/Badging/Plaque
* Signed by Steve Saleen

Incredibly hard to find one of the first 200 Saleens ever built! Steve Saleen has gone on to do 100’s of millions of dollars in sales and this is one of the first 200 cars that got everything started. This beauty is 1 of 1 with the gray momo steering wheel option with red paint. It’s hard to find ORIGINAL SALEENS because everyone seems to modify them unfortunately. There are a lot of 1987/88/89 Saleens out there but the 85 and 86 are almost impossible to find as there are less then 100 left on the road/garage today in the entire world.

She is a blast to drive and just had a fresh oil change, some new struts, ball joints, new starter, exhaust pipes, and a full detail. The sound of these V8’s are amazing. She turns 30 years old this month and you would never tell. Overall condition I would say 9 out of 10. The interior is near mint with everything I could see original and in excellent shape. The exterior looks amazing with expected touch up spots by the door/front air dam/rock chips/wing, minor scratches, and a minor dent in the driver fender. I think I’m being picky but overall she looks AMAZING!!

86-0063 Saleen Mustang
86-0063 Saleen Mustang

Yes, there is less than 67,000 original miles on her and I have a nice binder I made that has a bunch of historic pieces that came with the car including the original window sticker, build sheet, owners manual, and even some mail from Saleen Autosport dating back over 25 years ago. This is a true original California car and the original CA license plate is included with the sale.

This is your opportunity to own a unique piece of history that will only increase in value. This beauty has NEVER BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT, is a gorgeous race red, drives excellent, and has the correct history. I have done our part so please SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. She is for sale here in Marietta, GA and can be viewed for the serious buyers or I can help with shipping.

86-0063 Saleen Mustang
86-0063 Saleen Mustang

I reserve the right to end the auction at any time for any reason so once she’s gone, she’s gone! I have more pictures and a walk around video if you need it. Call Gary @ 616-890-8864 or home phone 770-450-1000. Thank you for your time and God Bless!

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Nineteen eighty-six, a model year of continuing formation and growth for a young Saleen Autosport. After their learning curve freshmen effort; Saleen Mustang production was standardized with both vehicle content and build location, a new Escort Endurance racing effort with lead sponsor General Tire was inked, while national Ford dealer awareness brought Saleen Mustangs into new mid-west and east coast markets. This was the year that set to establish Saleen as an image builder and halo performance brand.

85-0038 Saleen Mustang convertible - Hot Rod Magazine
The car that started the convertible craze? 85-0038

For 1986 the convertible body style was not an official offering from Saleen. No marketing materials exist, nor pricing and ordering details. The lone hint to a Saleen Mustang convertible came way of 85-0038 and a photograph in Hot Rod Magazine. A supplemental image included with a road test feature on the new 1985 Saleen Mustang hatchback. An article that published in April of 1986.

Regardless of hurdles and simple unawareness, eleven buyers ponied of nerve and dollars to request a special Saleen Mustang convertible during this sophomore production year. From what we have found, six were painted black, three were bright red and two were white. While six were built on the readily available Mustang GT chassis with the remaining five on the Mustang LX 5.0 chassis.

Details as follows:
P27 GT Convertible, 5-speed
1C – Black, A – Charcoal, Silver, Grey, 2/13/1986
85 Body Pieces, Stock Shift Knob, W/s Decal, Hatch Name Plate & Side Stripes Shipped In Trunk, Ford Factory Cruise Removed, Rear Wing & Cross Member Bar Delete

P27 GT Convertible, 5-speed
2R – Bright Red (Jalapena), A – Charcoal, Silver, Grey, 3/3/1986
Stock Steering Wheel, Shift Knob, Rear Wing & Cross Member Bar Delete, Ford Lthr

P27 Convertible, 5-speed
1C – Black, A – Charcoal, Silver, Grey, 3/13/1986
85 Body Pieces & Shift Knob, Rear Wing Delete, Kenwood Stereo, Car Mats

P27 GT Convertible, 5-speed
2R – Bright Red (Jalapena), A – Charcoal, Silver, Grey, 5/7/1986
Ford Factory Cruise, Delete Wing Cross Member Bar, Steering Wheel, Black Top

P27 Convertible, 5-speed
9L – Oxford White, A – Charcoal, Silver, White, 6/11/1986
Customer Provided Wheels & Tires, Cross Member Bar Delete, Rear Wing Not Installed But Shipped With Car, Customer Custom Painted Car & Emblems All White, White Top

P27 GT Convertible
5-speed, 9L – Oxford White, N – White/Red, Silver, White, 7/24/1986
Rear Wing,& Cross Member Bar Delete, Kenwood Stereo, White Top

P27 Convertible, Automatic
1C – Black, A – Charcoal, Silver, Grey, 7/3/1986
Rear Wing, Cross Member Bar & Shifter Delete, Kenwood Stereo, Auto Trans, Black Top, Grey Momo Strng. Wheel

P27 GT Convertible, 5-speed
2R – Bright Red (Jalapena), N – White/Red, Silver, Grey, 9/16/1986
Rear Wing Delete, White Ford Leather, W/s Decal Shipped In Trunk, Kenwood Stereo

P27 GT Convertible, 5-speed
1C – Black, A – Charcoal, 9/19/1986
Rear Wing & Cross Member Bar Delete, Kenwood Stereo, Black Top

P27 Convertible
5-speed, 1C – Black, A – Charcoal, Silver, 10/18/1986
Kenwood Stereo, Unpainted Silver Wheels, Black Top, Rear Wing Delete

P27 Convertible, 5-speed
1C – Black, A – Charcoal, Silver, Grey, 10/12/1986
Cross Member Bar Delete, Black Top, Wing Shpd With Car

86-0083 Saleen Mustang convertible
“A 1986 Ford Mustang GT Saleen edition at Auto Expo ’86 in Los Angeles.” – Chris Flanders

Currently living the easy life, our feature car 86-0083, is one of two 1986 Saleen convertibles ordered by Galpin Ford. Both vehicles were based on Mustang GT chassis’, painted bright red, equipped with charcoal leather interior, and required the steering wheel delete. 86-0083 was the second arrival and most notably featured in the 1986 Los Angeles Auto Show. As of this writing the older twin is also alive and well.

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86-0064 Saleen Mustang
86-0064 Saleen Mustang

To veterans in the Saleen hobby, witnessing the restoration of early series vehicles are not a new phenomenon. The notion of “stay ahead of the curve” rang true when vehicles under the age of ten were rebuilt to better-than-new status during the 1990s.

86-0064 Saleen Mustang
86-0064 Saleen Mustang

As first generation Saleen Mustangs approach their thirtieth birthdays, we are poised to witness a renaissance in the repair, refresh and restoration of these ’80s and ’90s performance icons. This transition is apparent with Saleen enthusiast Ray Bare. Ray is part of a new generation breathing life into stationary relics in need of passionate caretakers.

Located by way of Craigslist during spring 2013, Ray spied 86-0064, a typical pre-owned 5-liter Mustang that survived 20-years of doing battle as a “hot car.” The fiberglass cowl hood, color change (tonality of hue), rebuilt stroker 302 and new roof skin were clear indications #64 lived with its needle pointed to the right side of the dial.

86-0064 Saleen Mustang
86-0064 Saleen Mustang

Built in late April/May of 1986 and delivered to Snipes Ford, #64 represents a near typical spec-model for Saleen Autosport. These build features include: a complete ’86 model year body kit, 16″x7″ Riken lace wheels, GT sport seating with GT dash trim and Kenwood sound system. Notable exceptions to equipment were: retention of the original equipment Ford shift assembly (in lue of Hurst unit) and an alternative Momo Master steering wheel (caused by availability issues with the Veloce).

1986 Saleen Mustang production would total 201 units for the model year with 190 completed in the hatchback body style. The more common LX trim represent 183 vehicles with 46 units ordered in Bright Red (2R) paint, of those 43 feature charcoal interior. Of the 43 LX hatchbacks in Bright Red with charcoal interior; it is estimated 31 were produced with correct model year body kit and 16” wheels.

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With 30-years’ worth of Saleen automobiles running streets and racetracks the world over, each vehicle has a story to tell. A history to explorer or a past that gains attention. Our feature model, 86-0025, is such a vehicle.

“Sassy Green” – 86-0025

Ordered by Big Valley Ford in Stockton, California and delivered in mid-February, serial number 86-0025 is an early 1986 carryover model featuring both 15″x7″ HRE wheels and exterior body kit from 1985 series production stock. The interior is standard early ’86 Saleen, meaning GT sport seating, LX dash trim with an original equipment Ford manual shift assembly and knob rowing gear changes. While a standard Saleen supplied Kenwood stereo supplied hi-fi tunes to passengers.

86-0025 has a build cycle that places it within one of the first thirty Saleen Mustangs produced for the 1986 model year. It is one forty to feature a 1985 body kit, one of twelve with 15” wheels, and one of three painted 2R (Bright Red) with both of these carryover features.

Green, green and more green.

Purchased for $3,800.00 in June 2011, 86-0025 was an honest two-owner, accident and rust free California car. This car spent 10-years with the original purchaser and changed hands in 1996. The infamous electric “Sassy Grass” green color was applied during the late ’90s under supervision of owner number two. This exterior refresh was only briefly enjoyed as Sassy was pulled from street duty and went into storage for twelve years.

Third owner Tom Kamman accepted the challenge to return Sassy to the once proud Bright Red Saleen ordered by Big Valley Ford. A lengthy two year project with an excellent end result.

Well, it took another two months for my slow-in-the-heat work pace to get her put back together but here she is, new base-clear Jalapeno Red, new stripes, every piece of weatherstrip new:

86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy

I tried to keep the interior as original as possible, I don’t like the reproduction seat covers, so took the best inserts of four seats to make two good ones, with new outer grey. Backseat is just cleaned up original, new carpet, NOS dashpad, new Momo w/red stitching:

86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy

Underhood was a big battle, it was all green, including the under side of the hood and the hinges, had to sand and repaint everything, sourced a junkyard set of red hinges and stock intake manifold. I have both the original super rare Hayashi Racing 15″ wheels with a set of original Gatorback tires, and I have these 16″ Australian mesh wheels with new Falkens:

86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy
86-0025 aka Sassy

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