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1st PRODUCTION S281 COBRA (96-0009) HITS eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FALP46V3TF168855
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1996
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen Speedster
Body Type: Convertible
Trim: Saleen Cobra Speedster
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine: 4.6L DOHC 24V ENGINE
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual 5 Speed
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Black
Mileage: 41,034
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 142192243210

96-0009 S281 Cobra Speedster
96-0009 S281 Cobra Speedster

Here we have an auction for a truly one of a kind and quite rare Mustang. This is the documented FIRST SALEEN COBRA Mustang ever produced. This is a 1996 model, Saleen Number 96-09 and is the first ever Saleen produced with the Cobra engine. It was made specifically for a high member of the MCA (Mustang Club of America) who knew Steve Saleen and was able to get him to specifically build his “Wish”. The Saleen registry documents and verifies this to be the very first produced and from what we can tell is also one of the only ones (if not the only one) to come with the black and gold striping, gold rims and the COBRA Interior over the more common Saleen Recaro interior.

96-0009 S281 Cobra Speedster
96-0009 S281 Cobra Speedster

This car is absolutely all original, purchased by the first owner and bought by myself who chased the car for years knowing it was a piece of Mustang history. This is all original, no modifications, no crashes, nothing even repainted. We have kept this as original and stock as possible. The paint, top, engine, transmission are all original, The exhaust is all original, The only things we have changed have been the tires and battery. This is a factory Black car, Black Cobra Interior Black Top, Factory 4.6L DOHC Cobra Engine, 5 Speed Manual Trans. It is a factory “SPEEDSTER” model and comes with the matching (and all original Speedster top). We have enjoyed this and had it to many east coast shows, always taking a trophy wherever it goes, Most people think it is “just” a Cobra with Saleen badges but you can check the Registry to verify what this is. The top is still great with no rips or tears, Everything works (don’t believe we even replaced a power window motor in this one in all these years!) The Windshield banner “SALEEN” is even original but starting to peel (I don’t have to heart to change it being everything – and I mean everything has been kept original). All the decals have been preserved, cleaned with care so they never washed off. Even still have the original SALEEN Floor mats. Signed in the trunk by Steve Saleen as shown.

96-0009 S281 Cobra Speedster
96-0009 S281 Cobra Speedster

Car is located in Central NJ for local inspection or pickup. Buyer responsible for transport, Payment due within 10 days of auction end $500 Deposit with paypal ideal. The Dash and Engine ID Plaques are of course still in place and have never been removed, as is the COBRA Specific “BUILT WITH PRIDE” Signed Decal on the Plenum. The SALEEN Cobra was on Mustang Monthly’s 25 Rarest Production Mustangs of all time – and this is car NUMBER 1!!! I of course recommend towing it but trust it to drive anywhere if that is the buyers choice, this one never let me down.

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1996 S351 SPEEDSTER (96-0032S) HITS eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FALP444XTF160858
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1996
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen S351
Engine: 5.8 Liter V8
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Six Speed Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 9,467
Body Type: Convertible
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Exterior Color: Rio Red
Interior Color: Black
For Sale By: Ruozzi Brothers Collection
eBay #: 322269180684

96-0032S S351 Speedster
96-0032S S351 Speedster

Since the 1980s, Steve Saleen has been THE source for Mustang owners wanting to get the most out of their pony cars. Saleen’s successful racing programs in SCCA and IMSA road racing filtered down into his road cars. Saleen Mustangs are sought after for their handling prowess, increased horsepower and distinctive good looks. Quite often, Saleen cars that appear on the market are made up from aftermarket components and aren’t genuine factory built examples. We are offering this genuine, fully documented, factory-built 1996 S351 Speedster with just over 9,000 miles from new.

According to the Saleen Registry, this car, number 96-0032, is one of just 10 S351 Speedsters built in 1996 and one of 3 finished in Rio Red and is one of one with these exact options and colors. It was originally built for the CEO of a company that sponsored Saleen’s racing efforts in the 1990s and it was a fully-loaded show piece. Equipment includes the base S-351 package, T-Code (Recaro Interior, Alcon Brakes), 3.55:1 Gears, Saleen Sound System, Speedster Package and a Wheel/Tire upgrade.

In addition to those options, an additional $3,700 in 1997 Prototype additions were fitted. This included a six-speed gearbox, Auburn limited slip differential, Koni suspension, Racecraft rear lower control arms, aluminum front bushings, and Pro short throw shifter. The combined packages and options totaled $36,249 – and that doesn’t include the cost of the base Mustang!

96-0032S S351 Speedster
96-0032S S351 Speedster

The clean Carfax report verifies just two owners from new, the original owner keeping the car for fourteen years, while the second owner kept the car stored in a climate controlled garage during his tenure. The car presents in very good overall condition showing no signs of crash damage or repairs. The Rio Red paint is in very good order, with a few stone chips apparent, mainly on the front bumper, but overall it presents well excellent gloss. Panel fit is good and the special Saleen graphics are in similarly good condition. The polished wheels are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tires and are in excellent condition.

96-0032S S351 Speedster
96-0032S S351 Speedster

Inside, the Recaro seats are embroidered with Saleen logos and trimmed in leather. The leather is in good condition, with some slight wear showing on the driver’s outer bolster. The rest of the interior trim is excellent and all electrical functions work as they should. The original Saleen audio system has been upgraded to a Kenwood Excelon series receiver and Memphis Audio amplifier. The original radio is included. The original power soft top has a heated glass window and is in excellent order, operating smoothly.

On the road, the Saleen shines. The Koni suspension is aggressive but not harsh and the bespoke Saleen Racecraft suspension parts work to make this car handle exceptionally well. Grip is phenomenal thanks to the Auburn limited slip. The six speed transmission takes a firm hand and the shifts are positive, with well-spaced ratios. With just over 9,000 miles from new the car feels tight and fresh. This factory-built Saleen S351 has all the makings of a future classic – rarity, great looks and outstanding performance.

Sale includes fitted cover, original books, Saleen invoices, Speedster tonneau, soft tonneau, cockpit cover, original radio, two original keys and fobs.

* T-Code Factory Built Saleen
* Six-Speed Gearbox
* Racecraft Conrol Arms and Aluminum Bushings
* Speedster Package
* Auburn Limited Slip Differential
* Short Throw Shifter
* Rio Red Paint
* Koni Suspension
* Recaro Interior

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BUDGET SERIES “01” (96-0001B) OFFERED ON eBay

Price: $15,000.00
VIN: 1FALP45X4TF226345
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1996
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen
Engine: 4.6 L 8 cylinders
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 86,210
Body Type: Convertible
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Exterior Color: Rio Red
Interior Color: Black
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 191947009127

96-0001B S281 Budget
96-0001B S281 Budget

The warm weather is here, now is the time to purchase

$15,000.00/OBO includes as shown with Recaros.

* This is an extremely collectable, 1996 Budget Saleen Convertible #01B
* Mileage 86,092
* Vortech Supercharger with aftercooler

1996 – 1998 Steve Saleen had his cars in the Budget rental field. This car is 01B the very first car!
Condition excellent.

Hardtop and Recaros are included.

96-0001B S281 Budget
96-0001B S281 Budget

(2) Recaro Style XLR and Recaro indicates it is an aftermarket that many of the designs you see in many sport and luxury cars.

$2,000.00

Note:
I adapted 6 way electric to both Recaros.

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CLOSER LOOK: S281 (96-0002) RETURNS STATESIDE

PHOTOS: JAEDA CROSBY

96-0002 S281 LOA
96-0002 S281 LOA

Currently, Saleen Automotive offers a dozen custom exterior paint colors on their line of performance vehicles. Though in the late 1990s during the SN95 era, there was one available non-factory hue. A single color that could represent green, blue, purple and gold. This lone color was Extreme Rainbow, the initial optional Saleen custom color developed with partner BASF.

BASF introduced a line of “Extreme Colors” in 1996. Of these first three Extreme hues, Rainbow was the most varied. Officially offered by Saleen as an option for the 1997 model year, they would go on to produce a total of 19 vehicles in this chromatic paint before this color disappeared after the 2009 model year.

One such vehicle is 96-0002, this special SN95 S281 coupe is among the earliest Saleen Mustangs to showcase this unique paint option. Current owner, Jaeda Crosby, located 96-0002 through a fever-pitched search for an original Saleen Extreme Rainbow Mustang. Given both the limited production and limited availability of this color, Jaeda had few leads and numerous dead-ends in trying to locate a vehicle in the United States. Perseverance sent Jaeda to the United Kingdom where #02 had lived since 2004.

Produced during October 1996 and shipped on the 25th of that month, #02 features an interesting list of early Saleen optional equipment. Beginning with the newly introduced S281 coupe, #02 hosts the following: Heat extractor hood, Speedline magnesium wheels, tire upgrade, 13″ front brake upgrade, and Saleen/Recaro leather seating.

For the 1996 model year Saleen produced 444 Mustangs, 424 were S281 models, 413 were based on the GT chassis, 191 were of the GT coupe body, 177 GT coupes featured 5-speed manual transmissions and 27 GT coupes with manual transmissions featured Opal Grey interior. Of those, 4 had the Saleen/Alcon brake upgrade, 20 were equipped with the optional 3.55:1 gears, 3 had the Tire Upgrade while 96-0002 was the lone S281 coupe, GT chassis, Manual Transmission, Opal Grey interior vehicle to receive the optional Saleen vented hood, Saleen/Recaro leather seating, Speedline Magnesium Wheels and Optional Custom Paint.

Of the 444 street Mustangs produced for the model year, one was painted a Saleen custom color. 96-0002 is this car.

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[Source: Jaeda Goodwin Crosby]

MINT 1996 S281 COUPE (96-0405) OFFERED ON eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FALP42X1TF231295
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1996
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Body Type: Coupe
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine: 4.6L 281Cu. In. V8 GAS SOHC Naturally Aspirated
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual 5 Speed
Exterior Color: White
Interior Color: Black
Mileage: 11,005
For Sale By: Speed Sports Racing
eBay #: 401119615412

1996 Saleen S281 Coupe
Only 11186 miles
All original Paint and showroom condition

96-0405 S281
96-0405 S281
96-0405 S281
96-0405 S281

This Saleen has only been registered to 1 owner. Sold new at Raceway Ford in California on 10/19/1996. It is not very often that we get a car of this vintage with all original paperwork. We had the car just serviced at the Vancouver Ford dealership. The service included brand new BFG tires and fully inspected. This car is all original paint, and looks excellent. Only flaw is some spiderweb cracks in the front bumper. The interior is all original, and looks very very clean and no damage. The underside is just as clean as the top side. This car is a perfect car for any Ford collector. I am happy to assist with any shipping or questions about the Saleen.

96-0405 S281
96-0405 S281
96-0405 S281
96-0405 S281
96-0405 S281
96-0405 S281

Call 503-819-9007 Matt for Details

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SEARCHING FOR S281 96-0356

From our friends at Saleen Club of America.

96-0356 S281 Speedster
96-0356 S281 Speedster

Once upon a time, I owned 96-0356, a Rio Red Saleen Mustang S281 Speedster. According to Carfax, the car has changed hands a few times since I sold it, and was last seen in Northern California … maybe 2 hours north of where I live now.

I sold it to a dealer named Kassabian Motors, now known as My Hot Cars (myhotcars.com), who in turn sold it to owner #2. As you’ll see on the report, owner #4 registered it in Rohnert Park in 2011. I currently live in Lafayette, CA, so Rohnert Park isn’t too far, but just far enough that I can’t really pop up there and wait for it to emerge every weekend.

It doesn’t list as totaled or salvaged, yet with no additional maintenance entries, I assume it’s either serviced by the owner, or is registered as Planned Non Operational.

The VIN of my car is 1FALP45X6TF217386. I have checked with local Mustang clubs in Sonoma County, and haven’t gotten any responses from them. It doesn’t appear to have been serviced in the last few years, or at least not at any shop that would register such service in a way that it would appear on Carfax.

I sold 96-0356 prior to getting married in 1998. My divorce will be final soon, and I’d like to pick up where I left off with my car.

Thanks!
-Clay Loveless

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[Source: Saleen Club of America]