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HEMMINGS MUSCLE MACHINES: 1993 SALEEN RRR ‘CASPER’

Dream Come True
A once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a celebrity Mustang

By: LARRY HAUGER & TERRY MCGEAN on April 2018
Original Article: HEMMINGS MUSCLE MACHINES

1993 Saleen Mustang RRR "Casper"
1993 Saleen Mustang RRR “Casper”

Since I was a young boy, I have been a fan of Ford cars. In the early 1980s, I focused primarily on Mustangs. I purchased a ’65 coupe with a 289 in 1980 and owned it for a number of years. In fact, my three kids learned to drive on that car.

In 1997, Kevin Hauger purchased a specially built 1993 Saleen Mustang from comedian/actor Tim Allen. Kevin and his wife took delivery after a taping of Allen’s show Home Improvement.
In 1997, Kevin Hauger purchased a specially built 1993 Saleen Mustang from comedian/actor Tim Allen. Kevin and his wife took delivery after a taping of Allen’s show Home Improvement.

Then, in 1986, a coworker said her father was going to be selling an old Mustang, which turned out to be a 1964½ convertible with a 289 four-barrel, power top, and more. I wound up buying the car sight unseen, and then made the decision to fl y out and drive it home to Arizona all the way from New Jersey. I took a friend, and soon after we headed out in the Mustang, it started breaking down. In fact, I think we had a breakdown of some sort in every state we traveled through. The radiator blew up, we cooked the heads, the distributor shaft broke, and on it went. Plus, the car was pretty rusty, and had holes in the floor and a heater that didn’t work. This was in November, so we were freezing. By the time we got to Oklahoma, my friend was ready to fly home, and was trying to hire someone to haul the car the rest of the way. But we kept going. In 2001, I started a restoration on that car. I still have it, and the friend—we laugh about the trip now.

By the late 1980s, I had discovered the Saleen Mustang, and became an instant fan. By the early 1990s, I began watching Tim Allen and his hit show, Home Improvement, and soon became a big fan. In February of 1994, I received the March issue of Mustang Monthly magazine, and there on the cover was a dream that I did not realize I had: A Saleen Mustang custom built for Tim. What a beauty.
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The vanity plate is a reference to the car’s nickname, “Casper” (i.e., the friendly ghost), bestowed by Tim Allen and the Saleen crew during the build, thanks to its all-white color scheme.
The vanity plate is a reference to the car’s nickname, “Casper” (i.e., the friendly ghost), bestowed by Tim Allen and the Saleen crew during the build, thanks to its all-white color scheme.

Fast forward to August or September of 1996. I was thumbing through a Mustang magazine and there was Tim’s Saleen for sale. I thought, “Wow, someone is going to buy a great Mustang.” Actually, I quickly realized that what I really meant was that someone probably already bought that great Mustang. I felt that way because, generally, by the time a magazine reaches your mailbox, the articles in it are already several months old. But, after about two weeks of the magazine laying on the coffee table, curiosity got the best of me, and I called the phone number listed in the ad for the Saleen.

To my surprise, it was still available. I introduced myself, and I was told I was speaking to Brett Gregory, the technical assistant to Tim. Within a few days, my wife and I were standing next to Brett and the Saleen at Tim’s shop in North Hollywood, California. We talked for several minutes, and then Brett asked if we wanted to go for a ride. Duh! We headed out with Brett driving, my wife in the backseat, and me riding shotgun. Brett hit the gas and my head hit the head rest. I had to buy this car. We pulled to the curb and Brett said, “You drive.” Really? Heart be still, oh yeah, I am going to buy this Saleen.
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In addition to the usual Saleen upgrades, this car features a special tool belt (upper left) for Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, Allen’s TV character.
In addition to the usual Saleen upgrades, this car features a special tool belt (upper left) for Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, Allen’s TV character.

This car is truly unique—it is the only one that Saleen built with the custom carbon-fiber front end that features the narrower Thunderbird headlamp assemblies, along with some other custom body alterations. The drivetrain consists of a modified Ford 5.0 engine that uses a supercharger and makes 576 hp. It is backed with a Tremec five-speed and has 3.55 gears in the rear axle. The car does have a roll bar, though you can’t really see it— Saleen custom fabricated it to fit tightly to the inside of the interior’s contours. Later, when I visited the Saleen facility, they told me they’d never do another one like that.

Unique interior appointments of Casper.
Unique interior appointments of Casper.

When this car was being built, it got a fair amount of coverage in enthusiast car magazines, and Tim included it in some promotional press material at the time. There was a segment on Entertainment Tonight that was filmed at the Saleen facility with Tim and Steve Saleen, showing the car under construction; a follow-up had the car making laps on a road course. Despite the big deal made around the building of this car, Tim barely ever drove it—when I went to look at it, five years later, there were only 347 miles showing.

Kevin and his family own numerous other Fords, too.
Kevin and his family own numerous other Fords, too.

Back at Tim’s shop, I proposed a deal to Brett. He ran it by Tim, and we reached an agreement. We would be back in January to pick up the Tim Allen, one-ofa- kind, Saleen Mustang.

So, in January of 1997, my wife and I drove to Tim’s shop. Tim graciously invited us to attend a taping of his TV show. Early in the afternoon we watched a rehearsal, and then afterwards, Tim took us out to the parking lot, where the “RRR” Saleen was parked next to Tim’s latest project, a black 1996 Chevy Impala SS with Corvette running gear.
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This Saleen’s most distinctive feature is its custom front end, featuring Thunderbird headlamp assemblies in a one-of-a-kind carbon-fiber fascia. This car also features a specially built supercharged 5.0 engine making 576 hp.
This Saleen’s most distinctive feature is its custom front end, featuring Thunderbird headlamp assemblies in a one-of-a-kind carbon-fiber fascia. This car also features a specially built supercharged 5.0 engine making 576 hp.

Tim talked about the Saleen, and we took pictures. After the pictures, we talked more about the car and then headed back into the studio for the live taping of the show. After the taping, Tim invited us up to his dressing room. We passed all the other stars of the show along the way. Several people were there, and Tim was kind enough to talk with us some more and autograph a few personal items that we brought along. One of those items was that 1994 Mustang Monthly magazine with the Saleen on the cover and a great spread of the car on the inside. He signed the cover page!

Kevin has taken the one-off Mustang to Saleen’s facility in Southern California for car shows on several occasions. There he met Steve Saleen himself, who signed the car’s dash.
Kevin has taken the one-off Mustang to Saleen’s facility in Southern California for car shows on several occasions. There he met Steve Saleen himself, who signed the car’s dash.

A great night was had by all. The next morning, we loaded the Saleen Mustang on the trailer and brought it home to Phoenix. We stayed in contact with Brett over the years and made a few more trips back to the studio to watch the taping of Home Improvement. Brett has shown us around Tim’s shop, letting us check out Tim’s very cool collection.

Since then, I’ve driven the Saleen sparingly, and have taken it to some local shows where it has taken some trophies. I did drive it back to southern California a few times to attend shows held at Saleen’s facility, most recently last September.

The Saleen now has about 2,700 miles on it, and always draws a crowd whenever it is out, along with a lot of questions. But, recently I decided it was time to hand it over to my daughter and her family. They are all drag racers—my daughter, her husband, and even their two kids, who run junior dragsters. The Saleen won’t be raced, of course, but I know it’s in good hands and, in time, it will go to my grandson.


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RARE YELLOW S351 SPEEDSTER (98-0022S) APPEARS

The powerful and exotic S351 Mustangs offered during the 1990s were a serialized series of unique and complex vehicles by Saleen Performance. These Saleen Mustangs were twice (or three times) as powerful as their Ford produced counterparts of the same era.

For the 1998 model year Saleen produced 205 street Mustangs; 183 were S281 models while 22 were S351 editions. Of those 22, 12 were produced on the convertible body style. Of those 12, 10 were optioned with the Speedster package with 6 having the Leather Saleen Seating equipment. In addition to those statistics, 98-0022 was the lone Chrome Yellow S351 produced for 1998.

If we look at the production run for yellow exterior paint from 1994-98 on the SN95-styled S351, we see Saleen Performance produced 14 units of 351 powered Mustangs in this color. -DB


Price: $28,900.00
Type: Used
Year: 1998
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang Saleen S351 Supercharged Convertible
Body Style: Convertible
Stock: # 3801
Mileage: 42,518
Engine Size: Supercharged 5.8 Ltr.
Transmission: T56 6-speed
VIN: 1FAFP4449WF186367
Website: www.uniquemankato.com

[Source: Unique Specialty & Classics]

RARE EARLY ‘SALEEN MUSTANG’ OWNERS JACKETS HIT eBay

1986 Saleen Mustang Owners Jacket
1986 Saleen Mustang Owners Jacket

Price: $665.00
Year: 1985
Condition: New
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 173643447341

Price: $700.00
Year: 1986
Condition: New other
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 173644573689

Most folks in our hobby are aware of the exclusivity of Saleen production vehicles. Rare and uncommon sights throughout daily life. What some may not realize are how the vehicle assets and “extra” items are rarer than the physical automobile.

Case in point are the early Saleen Mustang Owners Jackets. These jackets were issued to new owners after they returned their survey card to Saleen Autosport regarding their new vehicle purchase.

Why are the jackets uncommon? Any number of reasons may apply. Maybe they were a high-wear item. Maybe the jacket was kept as a souvenir. Or maybe new owners simply did not fill out the customer survey.

In today’s world it makes finding an original jacket no easy task for the owner or enthusiast. -DB

SPP RE-RELEASES 2000-07 SALEEN FOCUS BODY KIT

From our friend Spring Hebler.

Saleen Performance Parts Re-releases the 2000-04 Saleen Focus Styling Kit

Breaking News!

Saleen Performance has just announced they are stocking the 2000-2007 Saleen Focus ground effects kits. These parts are available NOW!

Saleen offered their serialized N20 and S121 production cars in 2004 and 2005. These new styling kits are perfect for the restoration of your 2004-05 Saleen Focus or add the aggressive Saleen styling to your standard Ford Focus.

For details and cost information, please contact Spring Hebler at Saleen Performance via email, shebler@saleenperformance.com or call 800-888-8945 with your name and phone number.

You can also join Saleen Performance on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saleenspeedlab/

Be sure to mention you saw it on the Saleen Forums at soec.org!

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‘PETALUMA’ SALEEN MUSTANG FOUND ON CRAIGSLIST

The early 1985 Saleen Mustangs, produced by a still unknown Saleen Autosport, are mythical creatures onto themselves. These early cars would set the stage for the eventual, successful “production” model as well as create a viable brand with multiple motorsports championships.

If we ignore the 1985 “S” cars, of which I don’t believe any of those have been located, there were about 14 of these early cars. Five of these are known to be black paint vehicles. Most of these “big wing” models with 1984 styling packages are November 1984 to January 1985 vehicles. -DB


1985 Mustang Saleen #26
81,000 Original Miles
all original paint never been in a accident

The last time she was started
It was making a knocking Noise
It was then turned off and not started again

Not sure what’s wrong Could be a Rod
Price is $11,000 firm
Bring a trailer

Email contact info and I’ll get back to you

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/cto/6735205349.html

SALEEN S1 CUP SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT

By: JOHN DAGYS on October 27, 2018
Original Article: SPORTSCAR365.COM

SALEEN TO LAUNCH CUP SERIES WITH NEW S1; PLANNING GT4 CAR
Saleen to launch single-make series with new S1 next year; GT4 car planned for 2020

Pre-production Saleen S1. Photo: John Dagys
Pre-production Saleen S1. Photo: John Dagys

Saleen will make its racing return next year with the formation of single-make series with its new S1, ahead of a planned GT4 version of the sports car for 2020.

The California-based manufacturer has unveiled plans to launch Cup series in both North America and China with the 450-horsepower car beginning with the second half of next year.

Longtime FIA technical director Gabriele Cadringher, who most recently worked with Grand-Am and Lamborghini in technical capacities, has joined Saleen as its new director of motorsports.

A pre-production version of the road car is on display at this weekend’s California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

“The plan is to start a Cup series next year,” Cadringher told Sportscar365.

“We are discussing with PWC/Blancpain GT America with Greg [Gill] and Stephane [Ratel] to run with them in the second part of the year.”

Cadringher said the arrive-and-drive series will feature five events in 2019, with two 50-minute races on each weekend and up to two drivers per car.

It will also include a category for young drivers, with the class champion securing an all-paid for drive in the manufacturer’s GT4 car for the following season.

The U.S. series will run in parallel to a single-make cup in China, with discussions underway with series in the region, including the China GT Championship, for sanction agreements.

A total of 45 chassis for the Cup car are set to be produced, with at least 20 allocated for the North American market, which will be rolled out prior to the final production car.

“We will build our first Cup prototype in December and in the beginning of January we’ll finalize the spec after a couple of weeks on track,” Cadringher said.

“That will be our development car, which in the second part of the year, it will transform into the prototype of the GT4.”

Cadringher said the Saleen S1 GT4 car will be largely based off the Cup car, including the same 2.3-liter turbo engine from the production car.

Saleen has outlined plans to build 10,000 S1 road cars within the next five years, both at its facilities in Corona, Calif. and in China, at an estimated price tag of $100,000 each.

The GT4 car, meanwhile, is slated to launch in 2020.

“The Cup car will be a pre-series of the GT4,” Cadringher explained. “I’m speaking with Stephane and Claude Surmont [SRO technical director] about the details of the GT4 already.

“My plan is to come on the market with the GT4 car much cheaper than anyone else. I want to sell this car for $160-170,000, ready to be raced.”

Additional Racing Platforms in Pipeline

Cadringher indicated that additional motorsports plans are in the pipeline for the manufacturer, which is making its racing comeback for the first time since the Saleen S7R project in the 2000s.

The Italian hinted at a possible GT3 car in the future, potentially based off a yet-to-be-announced new Saleen road car.

Cadringher, however, has stressed that it will come step by step, with the focus being on the Cup series and GT4 car for the time being.

“Let’s do a Cup, let’s learn from the car and then do a GT4. Then we will see in the future,” he said.

“Steve is still a racing driver. He still races every single day in the office.

“I like that kind of approach because he has raced, the Mustang has raced and the S7 has raced. This new car, from the very beginning, was to race it.”

Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com
Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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[Source: sportscar 365]

SEAL BEACH SALEEN (89-0422) NEGATIVES APPEAR ON eBay

Price: BID
Year: 1989
Condition: Used – An item that has been used previously. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 232966552399

You are bidding on a collection of 27, 35mm slides of the Seal Beach, CA police department’s 1989 S/BC police Mustang. These photos were taken by a professional photographer for a book titled Police Cars in Action. These are all original slides on Kodachrome or Fuji film. There are some in-camera dupes.

I found two more slides of this car so the total slide count is now 29. Also take a look at my other listings as I just listed a collection of CHP Mustang slides.

Free shipping

Email with questions.

SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES NEW SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SALES

SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES ADDITION
OF MIKE REY AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SALES & DEALER RELATIONS

CORONA, CA – Oct 12, 2018 – Saleen Automotive announced the addition of Mike Rey to their corporate staff. Rey will serve as Senior Director of Sales and Dealer Relations. Saleen is an American manufacturer of high-performance specialty sports cars based in Corona, CA.

“We are pleased to welcome Mike Rey to our staff. His passion and knowledge within the Mustang community are expected to be a tremendous resource to Saleen Automotive,” said Saleen CEO Steve Saleen.

Encouraged by his father, Rey’s passion for the Mustang began as a youth. He has 21 years of service and experience in numerous capacities for Ford Motor Company and Roush Performance. He is also an integral part of one of the largest Mustang clubs in the US, having served as its president since 2009. Rey has also been the recipient of the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award, which is given for “Dedication to Excellence in Perpetuating an American Automotive Tradition.”

Saleen President/COO Amy Boylan stated, “Mike Rey has a very impressive automotive background with great relationships; he will be a huge asset to Saleen Automotive.”

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 design and engineered at Saleen Headquarters in Corona, CA.

Media contact:cbenty@saleen.com

[Source: Saleen Automotive]

SPP PRE-ORDER FOR 1999 THROUGH 2009 WHEELS

From our friend Spring Hebler.

Saleen Performance Parts to Reintroduce Wheels for 1999 through 2009 Saleen Mustangs

Breaking News!

Saleen Performance has just announced they are taking pre-orders for these long-obsolete and much-in-demand Saleen Mustang wheel sets for your 1999-04 and 2005-09 Mustang.

Whether it’s the 1999-04 5-spoke, 18″x9″/10″ wheels, or the 2005-09 7-spoke “Wagon Wheel” style, 20″x9″/10″ wheels, pre-order yours today!

Pre-orders must be prepaid, with a production forecast of 5-6 months. Sold in full sets only. Available in standard silver metallic or chrome.

For details and to provide payment information, please contact Spring Hebler at Saleen Performance via email, shebler@saleenperformance.com or call 800-888-8945 with your name, phone number and desired vehicle fitment.

You can also join Spring’s list on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spring.c.hebler

Be sure to mention you saw it on the Saleen Forums at soec.org!

Remember, you must pre-order and pre-pay to help make this happen and to guarantee you get your wheels!

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HAGERTY: THE SCCA RACETRUCK CHALLENGE

The SCCA RaceTruck Challenge was Pole Position Mayhem

By: BENJAMIN HUNTING on October 02, 2018
Original Article: HAGERTY.COM

Long before Stadium Super Trucks entered the global racing consciousness, and in a time predating even NASCAR’s involvement in pickup racing, the Sports Car Club of America unveiled perhaps the most unusual professional class in its long and storied history. It was a tightly-contested battle between the least likely of competitors: high-riding four-cylinder trucks not all that different from what you could drive home right off the showroom floor.

The SCCA RaceTruck Challenge—initially branded by Coors, then redubbed the SCCA Truck Guard Shellzone Challenge a few years later—started in 1987 and ran through 1991. During that time, it gathered together a who’s who of the mini-truck world, including nine different automakers represented (with varying degrees of official sanction) that fought it out over the course of the season across the United States. During its five-year tenure, the series would support both the open-wheel CART championship as well as Trans-Am, in addition to being featured on its own alongside other classes of competition on SCCA weekends.

Nearly stock

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

Like any racing series, the RaceTruck Challenge had its own set of rules. But the list of prohibitions loomed especially large when it came to the degree of modifications that teams were permitted to make to each of the trucks. Striking a balance between a Showroom Stock class and one that recognized that, “Hey, maybe pickups aren’t quite ready to tackle a high speed corner right out of the box,” RaceTrucks were allowed to swap in stiffer bushings, more appropriate shocks, and make a few other tweaks to the vehicle’s suspension. As long as trucks remained eight inches off of the ground, as measured from the rocker panels.

Under the hood, everything had to stay stock, although teams could reassemble or “blueprint” their engines rather than run a sealed factory unit. The trucks were strippers, featuring torn-down interiors and zero options, with A/C and other niceties left off of the order sheet. They ran full cages, race seats, and steering wheels, and used racing pads and shoes. Yes, that means the rear brakes were drums, just like the ones sitting on the dealer lot.

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

Stock horsepower was far from evenly distributed across the models that lineup up for the SCCA RaceTruck Challenge. At one end of the spectrum were pickups like the Dodge Ram 50/Mitsubishi Mighty Max, Jeep Comanche, Mazda B2300 and the Ford Ranger (campaigned under a Saleen badge with none other than Steve Saleen himself behind the wheel), which offered 110–120 ponies, while others from Isuzu were below the century mark. Hovering in between were entries like the Nissan D21 and the Toyota Truck, forcing the SCCA to introduce weight handicapping—sometimes by adding nearly 200 pounds of ballast to the quickest truckst—to even out the field.

Minimal power, maximum fun

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

The racing itself was fun to watch, and if you weren’t able to be there in person during the Racetruck series’ heyday, then you can catch highlights on YouTube. There was banging, sliding, numerous lead changes, and five-wide dashes down the front straight. Not the grippiest of steeds, to be sure (considering their weight concentrated forward of the center axis), nor the most aerodynamic despite air dams and other ground effects, the pickups relied on luck and the skill of their drivers rather than raw power or flashy top speeds to carry the day.

Typically, events ran 25 laps, although on longer and shorter courses that number could be massaged to keep things around the 50-mile mark. Tracks that saw Challenge competition included Mosport, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Texas World Speedway, Las Vegas International, Laguna Seca, and Sears Point.

It was a remarkably even series in terms of both individual accomplishments and the manufacturer standings. Nissan won twice in a row (after having lost by one point to Jeep in 1988), along with two drivers championships (including the inaugural by driver Max Jones). Steve Saleen’s remarkable 5-of-6 win effort sealed the overall crown for Ford in ’91 (previous seasons contained 9–11 races).

While the RaceTruck Challenge was definitely entertaining, the field shrank as time went on, dropping from a high of 19 trucks entered per event during the 1988 season to 10 the final two years. Mitsubishi dropped out by ’89, and Toyota was gone a couple of years later. Flagging interest spelled doom, and 1991 was the final season of the RaceTruck Challenge.

Looking back, looking ahead

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

The legacy of SCCA RaceTrucks soon bore fruit. Jeep would produce the Comanche Eliminator from 1988–92, a two-wheel drive street warrior that delivered 177 horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque from a 4.0-liter straight six, while Saleen would build a handful of hopped-up Ranger Sport Trucks. Whether GM’s limited experience in the series (the Chevy S-10 was a late entry) would have anything to do with the genesis of the turbocharged GMC Syclone is anyone’s guess, but at the very least the Challenge proved that there was an interest in mini-trucks that did more than just haul.

Looking at the pickup market today reveals intriguing potential for a revival of a similar-type road racing grudge match between brands like Toyota and Nissan, who never gave up on the entry-level truck segment. Meanwhile, Chevy is back with the Colorado and Ford is joining the re-joining the party with the U.S.-market Ranger—both automakers briefly turned their backs on anything smaller than full-size. Although today’s mid-sizers are significantly larger than anything RaceTruck-related, power plants are also much mightier, raising both the stakes—and the ride heights—for potential pole position mayhem.

Mark Windecker
Mark Windecker

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[Source: Hagerty]