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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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SSC (89-0181) OFFERED BY GATEWAY CLASSIC CARS

Stock #502-FTL
Engine: 5.0L V8 FI OHV
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Mileage: 902 (actual)
Body Style: Hatchback
Exterior Color: White
Interior Color: Gray
Price: $43,995.00
Website: gatewayclassiccars.com

OPTIONS
* Air Conditioning
* Aluminum Wheels
* AM/FM Radio
* Anti-Theft System
* CD Player
* Cruise Control
* Driver Airbag
* Leather Interior
* Passenger Airbag
* Power Locks
* Power Seats
* Power Steering
* Power Windows
* Ride Control
* Seatbelts
* Tilt Wheel

89-0181 Saleen SSC
89-0181 Saleen SSC

Numbers Matching and Original Mileage Cars
If marked as such, the Owner states, this vehicles as numbers matching and/or original mileage. It has not been verified by Gateway Classic Cars. As such Gateway Classic Cars is not guaranteeing the authenticity of this claim. Buyer is encouraged to verify this information on their own, prior to purchase.

All Vehicles are sold AS-IS.
This vehicle is being sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS, with no warranty, expressed, written or implied. Gateway Classic Cars and its affiliates shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, nor is responsible for any omissions or errors in advertising and therefore makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, to their satisfaction to the condition and value, prior to purchase. Gateway Classic Cars and its affiliates shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer’s request prior to the close of sale. Gateway Classic Cars and its affiliates assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle, post sale.

More information to come on this 1989 Ford Mustang LX. This vehicle is available to view at our FT Lauderdale showroom.

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SCALE REPLICA OF STEVE SALEEN’S MARCH 88C CART RACER

From our friend’s at Open Wheel Racing Modeling.

Saleen Autosport MARCH 88/C
Saleen Autosport MARCH 88/C

Hi everybody, this is a car I started 20+ years ago and put it up while life happened. I just finished it. The starting point is the AMT Kraco car. I made the decals on a office copier, and from the Kraco sheet. The road wings are cut down monogram with .010 sheet styrene end plates.

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MUSTANG360: TRAVIS SMITH’S 89-0374

By: MICHAEL JOHNSON on January 10, 2017
Original Article: MUSTANGANDFORDS.COM

This 1989 Saleen puts out 691-rwhp, but why stop there?

Travis Smith’s Number 374 Saleen now boasts a T56 transmission, Baer brakes, and True Forged Wheels

89-0374 Saleen Mustang
89-0374 Saleen Mustang

Even when we’re “done” building a Mustang, we’re never truly finished modifying it. Case in point, Travis Smith’s 1989 Saleen already has a boatload of modifications. It features a Vortech-supercharged Kuntz and Co. 337ci combination with a Ford Performance R-block, Roush-prepped AFR 205 heads, a custom Comp cam, a TMoss-ported Saleen intake, an MSD ignition, an Aeromotive fuel system, a Snow Performance meth kit, and a Meziere electric water pump. All told, the boosted small block is good for 691-rwhp thanks to a Powercurve Motorsports tune. However, if these mods are good, more mods won’t hurt, right?

Since Travis bought the car from fellow Southeastern Foxbodies pal Troy Raby, he had to change up a few things to make it his own. To that end, he sent the car over to Boosted Performance’s Donnie Salem for a few drivetrain upgrades.

A Tremec 3550 used to reside behind the Kuntz and Co. 337ci mill, but Boosted Performance’s Donnie Salem changed that out in favor of a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed. Boosted Performance has done all the work on Travis’ past Mustangs, which include a Coyote-swap Fox GT, a 2003 Cobra that made 650-rwhp, and his other current 2014 Mustang GT. “I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my cars,” Travis says of Donnie.
A Tremec 3550 used to reside behind the Kuntz and Co. 337ci mill, but Boosted Performance’s Donnie Salem changed that out in favor of a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed. Boosted Performance has done all the work on Travis’ past Mustangs, which include a Coyote-swap Fox GT, a 2003 Cobra that made 650-rwhp, and his other current 2014 Mustang GT. “I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my cars,” Travis says of Donnie.

While at Donnie’s place, in went a Tremec T56 Magnum with a McLeod clutch and an MGW shifter. The car previously had a Tremec 3550 with a 26-spline input shaft. A new Fox-width 8.8 also went in the car, and the car’s Baer brakes were painted to match the car’s new True Forged Victory 18-inch wheels.

With these drivetrain upgrades done, the car has an appointment with Fox Mustang Restoration for an interior overhaul. We’ll have another update once that round of upgrades is complete.

Boosted Performance also added a Fox-length 8.8 so Travis could run an 18x10 True Forged wheel out back. The new rear features a Cobra differential, 3.73 gears, and 31-spline axles. For those measuring from home, that is a Nitto 305/35 drag radial.
Boosted Performance also added a Fox-length 8.8 so Travis could run an 18×10 True Forged wheel out back. The new rear features a Cobra differential, 3.73 gears, and 31-spline axles. For those measuring from home, that is a Nitto 305/35 drag radial.

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1989 HATCHBACK (89-0403) LANDS ON eBay

Price: $23,000.00
VIN: 1FABP41E6KF182802
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1989
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 20,000
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Burgundy
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 122303663864

89-0403 Saleen Mustang
89-0403 Saleen Mustang

Your looking at an all original ’89 Saleen with 20k original miles. This car is in excellent condition and runs and drives like new. Clean CarFax. 100% stock and original with the exception of the mufflers and tires. I have the original mufflers that will come with the car. I have a 3 inch thick binder of docs for this car since day 1 when the car was delivered to the dealer. Serious buyers contact John 610-909-7873. There are no stories with this car,it is a stand up car. Will consider ’93 cobra trades. Thanks!

89-0403 Saleen Mustang
89-0403 Saleen Mustang

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SSC (89-0171) TO HIT BARRETT-JACKSON, SCOTTSDALE AUCTION

Lot #438.1
1989 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN SSC

Auction: Scottsdale 2017
Reserve: NO RESERVE
Status: Available
Price: Request Bidder Info
Lot: 239
Year: 1989
Make: FORD
Model: MUSTANG SALEEN SSC
*Includes Buyer Commission

Details
VIN: 1FABP41E2KF290656
Exterior Color: WHITE
Interior Color: GRAY
Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 5.0-LITER
Transmission: 5-SPEED MANUAL

Description
Lot #239 – The current owners purchased this Saleen Mustang #171 in November 1990. The car features a 5.0-liter engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. It has been driven very minimally, and it has been covered and garage stored since that time. It is in very nearly as-new condition. 7,970 actual miles. Copy of original factory invoice to Kingman Ford in Kingman, AZ ship to Saleen Autosport in Anaheim, CA. Original owner was in Mesa, AZ. The vehicle has been in Arizona and New Mexico since new.

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LOW MILEAGE HATCHBACK (89-0464) RETURNS TO eBay

Price: $45,000.00
VIN: 1FABP41E8KF159117
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1989
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 6,700
Body Type: Hatchback
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 172456187391

89-0464 Saleen Mustang
89-0464 Saleen Mustang

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This 1989 Ford Saleen Mustang has just one owner. The car was visited while on the line during production. A true gem, hidden in a Californian garage for over 15 years. Has been recently serviced, even went to Mecum Auctions this past August in Monterrey, California.

89-0464 Saleen Mustang
89-0464 Saleen Mustang

Did I mention the low mileage on this original Ford Saleen Mustang. Coming in at 6,700 miles; all original may I state again.

* Ford Mustang Saleen #464
* One Owner
* 5 Speed Manual Transmission
* Under 7,000 Original Miles
* Original Red Paint
* Garage Kept since 1992, Services in June 2016
* Additional original Decals with Purchase
* California Car
* Car cover

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LEGENDARY NUMBER TWENTY-FIVE SSC (89-0025) HITS eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FABP41E6KF250516
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1989
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: SSC SALEEN
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 18,660
Body Type: Hatchback
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Exterior Color: Oxford White
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 162243210683

89-0025 SSC
89-0025 SSC

Two owner SSC. In my care since 2002. Purchased from original owner out of California. Original Purchase Order and Window Sticker from when purchased new. Under 19k miles.

89-0025 SSC
89-0025 SSC

Very unique numbered SSC with #25 (see pic). There is the first SSC #1 and #2 and then there is the #25 car for the 25th Anniversary of the Mustang. Car is all original paint except for a front valance re-spray and re-stripe. Car has a set of 17″ Stern wheels with brand new BFG Comp T/A tires with a value of $5k+. Original DP 16″ wheels are included. Very rare opportunity to buy a Unique SSC with great documentation.

Located in NJ.

89-0025 SSC
89-0025 SSC

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ORIGINAL OWNER HATCHBACK (89-0352) LANDS ON eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FABP41E3KF161003
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1989
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302Cu. In. V8
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 52,455
Body Type: Hatchback
Options: 3.55:1 differential gear ratio
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Exterior Color: Oxford White
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 172353061496

89-0352 Saleen Mustang
89-0352 Saleen Mustang

BARN FIND

I call it a barn find because it has basically been sitting in my garages over the years (and even temporarily in a barn). While not perfect, it is close! Completely stock 1989 Saleen 89-0352 with only 52,455 miles that literally drives and functions exactly as it did when I bought it (Numerous items have been replaced over time to keep it in top shape, but every part has always been OEM/FoMoCo/Saleen). My first new car was special-ordered in Austin, TX. Since then it has moved with me to Dallas, San Francisco, Denver and Richmond, VA. It has been driven sparingly over the years and always garaged. I love it and always will, but I simply don’t use it like I should. I truly want someone who loves these cars to have it and enjoy it on a more frequent basis. For those that love Saleens, you will be blown away by all of the documents that I have from back in 1988 (year it was purchased). I have all the brochures, the window stickers, every document provided by Saleen and Ford. It has been fun to relive the memories and will be fun for the right buyer to have this for the future.

89-0352 Saleen Mustang
89-0352 Saleen Mustang

THE GOOD

As you can see in the pictures, the car is gorgeous. It is not a trailer queen, but you would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful representation of a fox-body Saleen that has actually been driven. Interior is truly a flawless 10/10. The car drives and shifts perfectly and the AC blows ice cold. It is a lot of fun to drive and draws constant accolades from anyone that sees it.

89-0352 Saleen Mustang
89-0352 Saleen Mustang

THE BAD

The exterior is an 8/10 mainly due to spider-webbing in the ground effects. This is from the only accident this car was ever in back in 1991, and it was self-induced! We forgot to set the parking brake on our manually-equipped Explorer and later found that the Explorer had rolled down the driveway right into the front of the Saleen. Not a good day :)! If you want it as a daily driver, I wouldn’t change anything. If you want it as a show car that can be driven, then you will want to purchase a replacement ground effects kit ($689 on LMR.com). The only other major blemish is a small area above the left rear wheel well that was rubbed off while the car was being “professionally” moved from CO to VA. Other minor issues are the standard fox-body issues, like the black window moldings around the rear triangle Windows which simply fade over time no matter what you do!

I would happily answer any questions about the car and will provide all of the original documentation with the sale. While the money is important, I truly want to find the right home for this 28 year old time capsule. If you would like other pictures or videos, let me know and I will gladly provide. Anyone is welcome to setup time to come drive it. You won’t be disappointed.

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