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22nd ANNUAL SALEEN CAR SHOW AND OPEN HOUSE: SEPT. 15th, 2018

The 22nd Annual Saleen Car Show and Open House will be held at Saleen Headquarters, 2735 Wardlow Rd., Corona, California on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT).

22nd Annual Saleen Show
22nd Annual Saleen Show

Event Details
SALEEN and SOEC present the World’s Largest Saleen Show!

Celebrating the community, culture and company of automotive enthusiasts

Join Steve Saleen, the Saleen family and the team at “Saleen Headquarters” as we welcome the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club and all Saleen owners and enthusiasts at their annual open house and car show. This is the world’s largest gathering of Saleens in the world!

Saturday: Car Show and Open House
* More than 25 Saleen classes!
* Classes for other Mustangs and Fords, plus Chevrolet, Camaro, Dodge and Challenger, and more!
* Special Display Only category for those who don’t want their Saleen judged — bring your daily driver or fixer-upper!
* Special SOEC awards for Saleen entries: Longest Distance Driven, Longest Distance Traveled, Best Non-Judged (nomination required)
* Saleen worldwide headquarters factory tours
* Entertainment for the kids!
* Poster signing and autograph session with Steve!
* Steve Saleen will autograph Saleen vehicles after the show — please be by your Saleen vehicle to have it signed.

Sunday: TBA.

*** Saleen Show Registration ***


Saleen Worldwide Headquarters
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714-400-2121

91 Freeway, Exit 47
Serfas Club / Auto Center Drive
Left at In-N-Out Burger onto Wardlow Road

http://maps.google.com/


SOEC Hotel: Ayres Suites Corona West

Comfortable accommodations at a special event price, it’s only 1.4 miles away on the other side of the 91 freeway and up Frontage Road.

Special Saleen rate includes breakfast. All rooms have microwave, fridge and coffeemakers (with coffee) and free wireless. Double occupancy rooms with double-doubles or a king. Inquire at the time you make reservations for the best room layout that suits your needs. Free parking. Some room for trailers (inquire at desk). There is a do-it-yourself car wash nearby off 6th Street.

Call Ayres Suites Corona West directly at (951) 738-9113 and ask for the “Saleen” rate. Room block at that rate is limited, and is good for the full weekend from Thursday-Sunday or as they have room, but you should book by Sept 1. Clarify room amenities and layout at time of booking. Room upgrades available. It’s a nice, clean, casual hotel, pool for the kids, and a good mexican restaurant next door.

1900 Frontage Road, Corona
http://www.ayreshotels.com/CoronaWest/


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JIMMY MOORE’s “GREEN GOBLIN” (88-0004) HITS eBay

Price: $65,200.00
VIN: 1FABP41E6JF222715
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1988
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 66,640
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Tan
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 302834126441

1988 Saleen Green Goblin car #04.

88-0004 Saleen Mustang
88-0004 Saleen Mustang

Research and development car. There were only two cars that were used for the 1989 Saleen Mustang SSC car this being one of them the other one being the SA-5 .Both cars were prototypes, also ( RD ) research and development.

Car has many options that were never used in production.

88-0004 Saleen Mustang
88-0004 Saleen Mustang

Recaro seats, drop down radar detector, upgraded Pioneer stereo CD changer, back seat delete, rear window defroster delete, adjustable shocks, alarm system, tinted windows.

Buyer is responsible for picking up and taking possession of the car after payment.

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VIDEO: AUTOTOPIA SPEAKS WITH DESIGNER SEAN SMITH

From our friends at Autotopia.

Published on Jul 27, 2018

This episode is slower going than our usual ones but I wanted to give all of you insight into the world of high end one off custom builds with my friend and renowned automotive designer Sean Smith. He’s responsible for cars from the Ring Brothers, Saleen, Speedkore, Timeless Kustoms, Iron Works and so many more. Get a drink, sit down and chill with me and my friend Sean Smith.

Enjoy!

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Music:
JC Vibin (Jazz Club Vibin’) [Master]
Aksil Beats – The Choice

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SALEEN OFF-ROAD SPORTRUCK XR ADDED TO PERFORMANCE LINE

Saleen Unveils Live on the Saleen Facebook site Tonight 7 PM PST / 10pm EST

CORONA, CA—July 20, 2018, Saleen Automotive introduces its latest innovative performance vehicle to their truck line—the Saleen Sportruck XR. This new, off-road Saleen Sportruck XR will debut at 7 pm tonight, Friday, July 20th at Harris Ford Lincoln, 20006 64th Avenue W, Lynnwood, WA. Also, visit the Saleen display and view the Saleen Sportruck XR throughout the weekend at the 38th Annual Mustang Roundup held by Mustang Northwest in Bellevue, WA.

Sport Truck XR
Sport Truck XR

Steve Saleen’s legendary racing history includes driving in and winning more races than any other driver in the SCCA PRO Truck Series.

“Continually adding to our lineup of performance vehicles is paramount to Saleen Automotive,” said Saleen CEO Steve Saleen. “We are introducing an off-road truck to our high-performance vehicles lineup with the Sportruck XR,” he continued. “Furthering our Saleen Automotive’s commitment to continued growth in the performance car and truck markets, we are proud to debut our Saleen Sportruck XR,” stated Saleen Automotive President Amy Boylan.

Standard Signature Saleen Series Powertrain includes a naturally aspirated and super charged version, with 700+HP, Saleen tuned exhaust with High-Performance Filters.

Steve Saleen wanted to build the best off-road Saleen Sportruck XR so he called on and collaborated with Greg Foutz. The XR’s suspension has front 2.5 coil-over shocks to level out the front with the rear, and rear 2.5 Smooth Series shocks. The Black Label edition utilizes upper and lower Racecraft control arms, Spindle and specially made for Saleen by Fox, tuned front shocks with by-pass for 12-inches and custom rear by-pass shocks for 14-inches of travel. This XR also includes Saleen rear leaf springs and Saleen bump stop with frame gusset.

Sport Truck XR
Sport Truck XR

Stopping is handled with Saleen’s Signature brakes standard on all versions in 13.8 -inch ABS vented front rotors with 2-piston calipers on fronts and 13.8 ABS vented rear rotors with 1-piston calipers on the rear. Optional are Saleen COLORLAB™ painted brake calipers, and either13.6-inch or 14-inch ABS slotted front rotors with 6-piston calipers.

Exterior enhancements include Saleen-designed front and rear bumpers, body-color wheel flares, and Saleen Grille, sidesteps, tailgate panel and power hood. The Sportruck XR comes with six-spoke alloy wheels 17×8.5 front and rear, shod with General Tire Grabber X3 33×12.7-17 front and rear. Options include 17 x 8-inch front and rear wheels in either Chrome or Carbonite. Also included are the Saleen windshield banner, Saleen door chevron stripes, Saleen 30th Championship wreath, and Saleen serialized front bumper numbers

The interior boasts Saleen embroidered headrests, (full leather on Black Label editions) signature Saleen white face gauges, Saleen badging, Saleen embroidered floor mats, and dash plaque with Saleen model and serialized VIN.

Sport Truck XR logo

Saleen wishes to thank the following sponsors: General Tire, Method Wheels, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, Cover King with a special thanks to Additive Desert Designs!

Saleen Automotive Inc., based in Corona, CA, offers three main product lines, which consist of Saleen Super Cars, Saleen Signature Series, and Saleen Performance Vehicles. All are designed and engineered at Saleen Headquarters in Corona, CA. Contact Saleen Automotive to place your order.

Media contact: cbenty@saleen.com

Saleen Automotive, Inc.
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714.400.2121

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1986 T-TOP (86-0046) FEATURED ON eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FABP28M2GF197922
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1986
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 110,000
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Bright Red
Interior Color: Beige
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 183328412847

86-0046 Saleen Mustang
86-0046 Saleen Mustang

– 1986 Mustang Saleen number 86-0046
– One of only 201 cars in 1986
– Bright red/gold graphics.
– Runs and drives as it should and as it did new
– Car has been about 90% restored

Selling my 1986 Mustang Saleen number 46. This car was originally sold in Massachusetts but spend most of it’s life in California. The car has absolutely zero rust. The body has a hundred and ten thousand miles on it, but the rebuild only has just over a thousand.

The car is one-of-one in two ways, it is the only ’86 Saleen that was red with gold wheels, gold stripes, tan interior and T-tops. It is the one and only one in ’85 or ’86 that was ever ordered with no center console. The car was ordered with no center console, but a center console was received with it when it was new. Which I have, it retains the Saleen plaque on the cigarette ashtray. The car was also ordered with no AC, and it was a no power option group, but it does have power windows.

86-0046 Saleen Mustang
86-0046 Saleen Mustang

The car retains everything that is factory to it. It has the Kenwood radio the Kenwood speaker covers the Momo steering wheel the original center caps and so on. The car has been about 90% restored. It has newer paint which is extremely nice, very nice interior with new seat covers and carpet period and a fresh motor would just over a thousand miles on it that was rebuilt to factory spec.

86-0046 Saleen Mustang
86-0046 Saleen Mustang

One of the only things that is not original are the shorty headers and exhaust. The car also has 3.73:1 gears instead of the original 2.73s. The car runs and drives as it should and as it did new. The car also has Eibach springs for a better ride, but I have the original Racecrafts in a box. In the Saleen book, it states that this car was one of the first three to receive the 1986 front and rear valance for 1986 model year Saleen Mustangs. This car is also one of three t-top Saleens that actually came from Ford as a T-top car and was not converted. Car has brand new tires as well, and the wheels were refinished. Basically all the running gear is new. It does need a speedometer cable.

I really don’t want to sell the car, but it just isn’t the right season for me to own something like this.

Details on this rare car, lots of original paperwork and build sheets, 100% authenticated

1 of 1 that is Red/Gold and Factory T-tops (In the Saleen book, it states that this car was one of the first three to receive the 86 front and rear Valance )
– One of three t-tops from Ford not an aftermarket conversion
– Rare A/C delete
– No power option group
– Power windows
– Gold Riken 16in wheels (new tires, refurb wheels ,correct center caps)
– The car was ordered with no center console, but a center console was received with it when it was new
– Saleen plaque on the cigarette ashtray
– Kenwood radio the Kenwood speaker covers
– Momo steering wheel the original center and horn button
– Needs a speedometer cable
– This car was originally sold in Massachusetts but spend most of it’s life in California. The car has absolutely zero rust
– The car has 110,00 miles but the motor is fresh with about 1,000 brake in miles (factory specs)
– New seat covers and carpet
– Fresh paint,new seat covers and carpet
– 3.73 gears instead of the original 2.73
– Stock springs to improve ride (Stock Saleen springs inc)

Please call or message with any questions 605-553-1527 thanks for looking.

1988 HATCHBACK (88-0329) HITS eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FABP41E1JF200797
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1988
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 58,930
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Red
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 202364356019

88-0329 Saleen Mustang
88-0329 Saleen Mustang

Up for Auction is my 1988 Saleen Mustang #329 with 58,930 original miles in excellent condition. Scarlet Red with red interior and gold graphics, 1 of 1 documented from Saleen. I am the 4th owner of this car. All original single stage paint and interior in amazing condition. Very rare car; 708 Saleen Mustangs were made in 1988; 549 were hatchback and only 5 Saleen Mustangs were made with a red interior and this is most likely the only one left. Car is mostly stock condition and has all original Saleen parts as delivered from the Saleen factory including original Racecraft suspension, original Strut Tower brace, Hurst 5 Speed shifter, Saleen Leather Shift knob, Momo Veloce Steering wheel, FloFit seats and specially ordered when new with 3:55 gears. Comes with correct pioneer radio and equalizer. Car is very clean, in beautiful show condition and runs excellent.

88-0329 Saleen Mustang
88-0329 Saleen Mustang

Engine runs smooth, always had Royal Purple Synthetic oil changes. Pictures of the engine show engine is in stock form but there are a few modifications that were done by the original owner including GT40 Heads, Ford Racing Headers, Ford Mass Air Flow sensor (added to all Mustangs in 1989), aluminum drive shaft, DynoMax mufflers, sub-frame connectors and smog pump delete. The catalytic converters are not on the car but I have them to go with the car. Recently, the car has gone through a full tune-up including new coolant, new Ford Motorsport radiator hoses, Ford Motorsport spark plugs, Ford Motorsport ignition wires, Ford Motorsport oil filter, new rear differential oil, and new rear brake pads. There is also new under hood insulation.

88-0329 Saleen Mustang
88-0329 Saleen Mustang

Everything works on this car, there are no problems and no leaks. This car has a clean title and never been hit. Overall, the original paint is smooth and mint condition with only a few minor touch ups on the hood, passenger fender and the A-pillar is showing signs of age with paint discoloration / fading (See picture). The Original Pioneer KEH-6050 Cassette Radio comes with the car but is missing the fast forward button. Overall this car is a true collectible and increasing in value. You will not find another one like this. It is after all documented one of one, grabs a lot of attention and has won awards at local car shows. It comes with the Saleen Owners Packet, Ford Mustang Owners Manual and receipts for recent maintenance over the last few years. Thank you for your interest.

CARLISLE FORD NATIONALS 2018 COVERAGE

We survived Carlisle!!! Held during the first weekend of June in Carlisle Pennsylvania, the Ford Nationals IS the place to be for viewing almost 100 acres of FoMoCo products. 2018 marks our tenth consecutive year hosting Saleen owners during this Pennsylvania landmark event. This year we saw the introduction of Team Saleen as well as an inspired return of both Saleen Automotive and Steve Saleen.

There were an estimated 64 (under 70) Saleen manufactured vehicles on the fairgrounds to proudly display Power In The Hands of a Few to all showgoers. Our collection of Saleen vehicles ranged from the early “four-eyed” 1985-86 editions to the latest trifecta of S302 Black, Yellow and White Labels. With a side dish of those rare vintage XP Explorers and Saleen Foci.

Event support appreciation to Rudy & Betsy Beyer for their effort operating the SOEC tent and appreciation to all participants, enthusiasts and owners that makes this event so exceptional.


Video: SOEC Staff

Saleen display tent
Saleen display tent
2003 S281 Extreme wheel
2003 S281 Extreme wheel
93-0016 Saleen Mustang
93-0016 Saleen Mustang
Custom white leather Recaro Trend seating
Custom white leather Recaro Trend seating

2018 Carlisle Ford Nationals award winners
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R148 – 1984 – 1993 SALEEN
339 – FRANK LOMBARDI — 1989 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
340 – KARL LAFRANCE — 1993 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
341 – DALE WARNER — 1985 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
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R149 – 1994 – 2004 SALEEN
342 – JOHNATHAN ELIAS — 2003 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
343 – ANDY BENTINCK-SMITH — 2004 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
344 – NICK YELOVICH — 2001 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
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R152 – 2005 – 2014 SALEEN
353 – REGINALD SINGLETON — 2008 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
354 – JAY RONCA — 2006 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Donald Farr Mustang Times — *SPECIAL AWARD*
355 – WAYNE WACHTER — 2014 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
356 – RUDY & BETSY BEYER — 2013 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — *SPECIAL AWARD*
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Steve Saleen Saleen Automotive
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R153 – 2015 – PRESENT SALEEN
357 – JOSEPH DIVITTORIO — 2015 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
358 – KENNETH BAILEY — 2016 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
359 – MICHAEL HARRISON — 2017 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN — THIRD PLACE
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Amy Boylan Ford Enthusiast — *SPECIAL AWARD*
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R154 – SALEEN POWERED
360 – RAMON GOMEZ — 2000 FORD EXPLORER SALEEN — FIRST PLACE
361 – BEN MOURA — 2005 FORD FOCUS SALEEN — SECOND PLACE
362 – ROGER FORTUNE — 1996 FORD EXPLORER XP8 — THIRD PLACE
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B318 – 2000-2007 FOCUS HATCHBACK (NON SVT)
59 – GREG WACKETT — 2005 FORD FOCUS — SECOND PLACE
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G201 – 1993 SVT COBRA MUSTANG
132 – PHILIP SCALISE — 1993 FORD MUSTANG — *SPECIAL AWARD*
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: David Bruno, Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club

Award winning Philip Scalise 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
Award winning Philip Scalise 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

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R103 – 1966 MUSTANG – STOCK
199 – ROBERT LARMOUTH — 1966 FORD MUSTANG — *SPECIAL AWARD*
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: Rudy Beyer, Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club

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1987 HATCHBACK (87-0102) LANDS ON eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FABP41E5HF179592
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1987
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 6,100
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 263727978829

87-0102 Saleen Mustang
87-0102 Saleen Mustang

1987 All original Mustang Saleen. In great condition. 6,100 original miles. Car runs and drives like new.

Will not find a nicer one of these anywhere! Car is like brand new!

87-0102 Saleen Mustang
87-0102 Saleen Mustang

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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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COMPANY WEEK: SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE INC.

2019 Saleen 1 with Steve Saleen
2019 Saleen 1 with Steve Saleen

By: DAN SANCHEZ on March 27, 2018 at 10:02 am MDT
Original Article: COMPANYWEEK.COM

Saleen Automotive Inc.
www.saleenautomotive.com
Corona, CA
Founded 1984
Employees: 50
Privately Owned
Industry: Industrial/Equipment
Products: Automobile Original Equipment Manufacturer

Amy Boylan continues to build on Steve Saleen’s performance automobile brand using social media and lean manufacturing practices.

Amy Boylan’s path to a leadership role at California’s iconic Saleen Automotive is a road well traveled — mostly by men. But after a stint as president and COO at Shelby American and COO at West Coast Customs, Boylan’s less focused on glass ceilings than she is on stewarding an enduring brand that’s broken the rules of American automotive OEMs by transforming iconic automotive platforms into custom, high-performance machines.

Amy Boylan COO Saleen Automotive
Amy Boylan COO Saleen Automotive

“Steve Saleen has built a legacy and a brand that has lasted more than 34 years,” says Boylan, president and COO at Saleen Automotive since June 2017. “That’s what attracted me to the company. He’s weathered both good and bad times, but the automobiles he’s created remain collectible and beautiful, making the brand timeless.”

Enduring some ups and downs over the years, the car manufacturer has never stopped producing vehicles and aftermarket accessories. “Steve developed a car every single year for 34 years,” says Boylan. The company is most commonly known for its Saleen 302 on the Mustang platform, a high performance version of the Ford Mustang with a redesigned body, drivetrain and interior that delivers higher performance.

“Steve also built the S7, the first American supercar which has its own extensive history winning races,” says Boylan. “The new S1 is his latest design, an affordable supercar that can reach 180 mph. We like to call it – a sports car with a supercar pedigree.” Because of these achievements and capabilities, the company is recognized as an original equipment manufacturer, not a tuner. “We are an OEM,” says Boylan. “We’re like a smaller high-end company like Porsche or Ferrari. We get pre-titled vehicles from dealers but we go through all the required testing that all OEMs do.”

Saleen S7 LM Edition
Saleen S7 LM Edition

The market has been good lately, and the company continues to grow with its manufacturing roots in California. “Everything is done here in Southern California,” says Boylan. “From the design, engineering, and even getting additional parts from local suppliers.” To improve efficiency, Boylan adopted station building, a technique first developed by Toyota. “When you station-build, you can figure out who is doing things correctly, and who needs more training,” says Boylan. “Teams sign off on a vehicle when it leaves their station and they own that build. Then everything goes under post inspection. If there’s something that goes wrong, and we see it being repeated, we can retrain or re-educate the team. This is important when you’re expanding the lines and taking the company to the next level.”

Boylan points out that Saleen’s way of building vehicles isn’t the same as having a bunch of workers bolting on parts. “Most mechanics and car builders have their own way of doing things. That may not work well here so we retrain,” says Boylan. “Steve is adamant about keeping records and keeping manufacturing consistent. Everything has to be exact.”

Saleen interior design - Saleen Automotive
Saleen interior design – Saleen Automotive

The company also works with many vendors who must maintain that same high level of quality on their end. “We tell our vendors what we expect and show them the quality that it has to be,” says Boylan. “Everything must be done well and consistent. We look at every part that comes in and can send parts back to our vendors, so they can make it right. Steve believes, and I agree, that we have to touch everything so that the vehicle looks and sounds like a Saleen.”

Boylan realizes that keeping the brand growing involves embracing social media on many levels. The company has Facebook and Instagram pages, and she personally engages online to speak with vehicle owners. “We have customers who have a 1984 Saleen and we still make parts for those cars,” says Boylan. “We still support and talk to them. It’s important to talk to customers who have kept loyal to the brand.”

Ford GT, Saleen 1, Saleen S7 Competition
Ford GT, Saleen 1, Saleen S7 Competition

Needs: “You can never have enough equipment and people,” says Boylan. “In this area of California, it’s hard to find workers. Where we are now, in Corona, California, it’s a great place for a middle-class lifestyle, but not the best place to find executive level employment. Most people at that level are transplants and that’s sometimes difficult.

Challenges: “Trying to grow at the speed we need,” says Boylan. “We have turned a corner and are trying to keep up with a growing demand. We have created licensing deals with China to build vehicles over there, but all cars for North America will be designed, engineered, and built in the U.S. There are people here building to design stuff overseas. It’s the same for anyone building a car from scratch.”

Opportunities: “Steve has never been pigeonholed into one thing,” says Boylan. “He helped build the Ford GT for Ford, He also helped with the Dodge Viper. He’s brilliant in finding new opportunities. The new Saleen 1 (S1) for example breaks the mold for a $100K carbon fiber sports car that can reach 180 mph.”

Saleen Automotive, Corona CA
Saleen Automotive, Corona CA

[Source: CompanyWeek]