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.
Low mileage Saleen SSC heads to the Barrett Jackson auction in Uncasville, Connecticut – June 23 – 25, 2016.
Excerpt from Gas Monkey Garage…
12 Gas Monkey Garage Cars at Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction
This weekend is going to be HUGE for Gas Monkey Garage. We are taking 12 cars and the Fast N’ Loud camera crew to the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun. And these aren’t just any Gas Monkey rides we’re taking with us. This is the first Barrett-Jackson auction in the Northeast, so we’re taking some big hitters!
1989 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN SSC
Auction: Northeast 2016
Reserve: NO RESERVE
Price: Request Bidder Info
Model: MUSTANG SALEEN SSC
*Includes Buyer Commission
Lot #438.1 – This 1989 Saleen Mustang time capsule is #178 with only 661 actual miles (mileage not indicated on the title). It’s offered by Gas Monkey Garage. Ford didn’t do a 25th Anniversary Mustang, but Steve Saleen did, introducing his SSC on April 17, 1989. Based in California, Saleen was a veteran SCCA Trans-Am and Formula Atlantic racer. Saleen owned several Shelby Mustangs and decided to follow in Shelby’s footsteps and make stock Mustangs into personal high-performance cars. The result was a limited-edition run of specially modified 5.0-liter V8 Mustangs that are instantly recognizable by special paint, graphics and interior combinations that any high-performance automotive enthusiast will appreciate. Engine, suspension, exhaust and brake upgrades are enjoyed by only a handful of lucky owners that get to experience these cars first-hand. This particular example, serial #00178, has been meticulously cared for in a private collection and is only now offered for sale, having been stored in a climate-controlled environment for the past 27 years. 5-speed manual transmission.
Who wouldn’t like driving a Saleen S7 or a 289 Cobra?
I had the chance to get behind the wheel of 15 top-flight collector cars during the last two weeks while I evaluated them for “What’s My Car Worth?” on Velocity.
Normally during Arizona Car Week, I spend as much time wandering from auction to auction as I do working on the television show. But this year we had to look at 30 cars from Barrett-Jackson and 15 from RM Sotheby’s. Consequently, I spent more time behind the wheel than I did in front of the auction block. As there were SCM reporters and staff at every auction, my absence had no impact on our reporting.
I put a few miles on some cars that I wouldn’t normally get to experience. Here are my thoughts on two of them:
The 2003 Saleen S7 reminded me of the McLaren 650S I drove last summer. It was light, fast and extremely responsive. For a hand-built car, it felt surprisingly solid — although I was a little concerned about the way the scissor-style door hinges flexed while opening.
The example I drove was one of four non-turbocharged cars built with the Competition Package. I didn’t find its ride overly harsh, and it was not difficult to drive. The Saleen shifted easily, and there was plenty of power at all rpm ranges.
It sold at Barrett-Jackson for $451,000, less than we thought it would bring. I think at that price it represented a solid value for the new owner.
The second car I enjoyed the most was a 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster. It had a lot of eyeball, with attractive (although incorrect) silver stripes down the center of the dark-blue car. Its sidepipe exhaust (also not correct) provided a high entertainment factor as you went down the road.
Fitted with four Webers instead of a single 4-barrel carburetor, the Cobra had more than enough power to spin the wheels on demand. I’ve driven quite a few Cobras, and this was a good one. It had the feel of a car that had been loved and enjoyed, rather than a trailer queen with suspect handling and braking. It tracked straight and stopped quickly without drama. It pulled hard with no muss or fuss.
There’s nothing like sitting behind the gauge-bedecked dashboard in a Cobra and imagining what it was like when they were driven in anger, beating all of their European and American competitors to the checkered flag, race after race after race.
If I had to choose between the Saleen and the Cobra, I’d take the Cobra. It’s not as “good” a car as the Saleen, as automotive technology has come a long way in nearly half a century. Certainly the Saleen is faster, corners better and stops more quickly.
But for a Saturday afternoon blast on a back road, the perfect cacophony from the Cobra’s open exhaust and four Webers would be very hard to top.
THE ALL-AMERICAN SALEEN S7 SUPERCAR: One of only four naturally aspirated ultra-rare S7s with Saleen’s Competition package offered at Scottsdale
November 16, 2015 Posted by Barrett-Jackson Written by independent automotive journalist Donald Farr
Like Carroll Shelby 20 years before him, Steve Saleen funded his desire to race by taking existing Ford products like the Mustang and modifying them into high-performance street vehicles, then selling through Ford dealers. The Saleen Mustang, introduced in 1984, brought Saleen Autosport to prominence in a time when the 5.0-liter HO Mustang reined supreme as one of America’s most popular performance cars. Saleen stamped his competition credentials in 1987 when his Saleen Mustang race team won the SCCA’s Showroom Stock Escort Endurance series championship, followed by SCCA World Challenge championships ‒ in Saleen Mustangs campaigned by the Saleen/Allen “RRR” Speedlab Team with comedian Tim Allen ‒ in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
By the end of the millennium, Steve Saleen had collected an impressive number of “checkmarks” on his personal bucket list: Create a car company, establish Saleen as a premier brand in the American performance market, win national racing championships, and race at Indy and LeMans. But also like Shelby, Saleen wanted to build his own supercar, one created entirely from a blank sheet of paper and not from an existing platform. Shelby did it in 1999 with his Series One. In 2000, Saleen Automotive introduced the S7.
Unveiled on August 19, 2000, at the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca Raceway, the Saleen S7 press release revealed Saleen’s goal for his new supercar: “The S7 is designed to compete with the fastest, quickest, best handling, most luxurious grand touring cars in the world while providing a distinctly American driving experience for the fortunate few who will own one. The S7 was conceived to combine the performance of a track-only race car with the driving pleasure of a road car.”
Saleen Automotive enlisted Phil Frank for body and interior design, Billy Tally for engine development, Ray Mallock for engineering and Hidden Creek Industries for resources and initial funding. Essentially, the S7 was designed around Tally’s engine, a 7.0-liter version of Ford’s 351 Windsor small block with high-tech components – including aluminum block and cylinder heads, stainless-steel valves and titanium retainers – to develop 550 horsepower without supercharging or turbocharging. To reduce the powerplant’s package size for use in the S7, Saleen designed and created a new Front Engine Accessory Drive system.
With the engine mounted mid-ship as with any respectable supercar, the S7’s hand-fabricated tubular space frame with honey composite reinforcement mounted fully independent suspension components developed in conjunction with England’s Ray Mallock Ltd. Extensive wind-tunnel testing helped shape the S7’s long, sleek, shark-like body, one of the first to use carbon-fiber panels and “full tray” body sculpting underneath. Longtime Saleen design consultant Phil Frank personalized the S7’s appearance with signature Saleen elements like the functional gill-like ducting, split-channel air flow through the car, advanced side skirt design and integrated full-body wing.
Climbing over the wide sills through the scissors-opening doors, the driver was greeted by a snug, asymmetrical interior with the driver’s seat shifted toward the center of the car. Leather and suede surfaces enhanced the S7’s image as a touring car, along with air conditioning, tilt/telescoping steering column, power windows, adjustable pedals and AM/FM/CD stereo. Missing was a rearview mirror; instead, the S7 utilized a remote video camera.
Saleen claimed a top speed of 220 mph with 0-60 in less than four seconds.
In 2003, an S7 starred as “God’s” personal car in the movie “Bruce Almighty,” starring Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman. In 2005, Saleen upgraded to the S7 Twin Turbo with 750 horsepower. The Hollywood exposure and high horsepower may have helped the supercar achieve superstar status. The car initially sold for $375,000, but ballooned to nearly $600,000 for the Twin Turbo. Although production eventually extended over six model years, it was limited to only 78 very special cars, including 15 R models.
A spectacular 2003 Saleen S7 is being offered at the 45th Anniversary Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. One of only four naturally-aspirated S7s with Saleen’s Competition package, this beauty includes a $75,000 option that added a higher-performance camshaft, upgraded intake and exhaust, and a reprogrammed ECU. This particular Saleen S7, VIN #1140, was also equipped from the factory with optional chrome wheels, remote door openings, and factory-upgraded touchscreen sound system. Personally signed by Steve Saleen, this silver S7 has covered a mere 9,100 actual miles.
– Written by independent automotive journalist Donald Farr
Rare Saleen Custom Color S302 Speedster heads to the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona – January 10 – 18, 2015.
2014 FORD SALEEN CONVERTIBLE
Auction: Scottsdale 2015
Reserve: NO RESERVE
Price: Request Bidder Info
*Includes Buyer Commission
Exterior Color: LIZSTICK RED
Interior Color: BLACK/RED
Engine Size: 640 HP
Transmission: 6-SPEED MANUAL
For sale at auction: Lot #-1562 – 2014 Saleen Mustang convertible in Lizstick Red. Less than 1,000 miles.