All posts by Wayne Mertz

Ford and Saleen Mustang enthusiast and collector. SOEC webmaster from 2003 to 2005.


Photos by: Jim Dvorak
Event: California International Auto Show, Anaheim Convention Center

New Saleen Mustang debuts during
2005 California International Auto Show, Anaheim, CA

2005 S281 Supercharged Saleen Mustang
2005 S281 Supercharged Saleen Mustang

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This was a great event for the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club. We had a bunch of SOEC club members stopping by to have the chance to get Steve’s autograph and also check out the cars.

There were two lucky winners of the Saleen Book that were signed by Steve to the winners.

Steve had taken a red eye flight Sat Morning just to come out for a few hours. We, the SOEC greatly appreciate Steve taking time out of his busy schedule just to spend a few hours with us just to turn around and fly back home.

We look forward in seeing everyone that makes it out to the SOEC Driving Event as well as the Saleen & SOEC Car Show in two weeks.

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Just wanted to let everyone know that Steve Saleen will be signing at the following locations in North Carolina this weekend.

Friday 16th, 5-9:30
Capital Ford, Raleigh 919-790-4600

Saturday 17th, 10-11:15
Ciener-Woods Ford, Kernersville, 336-996-3700

Please contact the dealers directly for any additional info.

Steve will also be at the Bellevue show either Saturday night or on Sunday.

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Everyone is invited to the the Saleen Inc. 20th Anniversary Party with the Pink Flamingos sponsored by Saleen Inc and the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club. It will be held on Friday April 16th during the 40th Anniversary Mustang Show in Nashville, TN.

For more information about The Pink Flamingos go to

Once I have the details about the 40th show and the Saleen 20th Anniversary Party, I will post the information.

We look forward in seeing everyone at the Party!

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With the Unveiling of the SA-20

IRVINE, Calif., August 29, 2003 — This year marks the 20th anniversary of Saleen, Inc., manufacturer of premium, high-performance vehicles such as the Saleen Mustang, Saleen/Bonspeed Thunderbird, Saleen Focus and Saleen S7. In celebration of this event, Saleen is offering the ultimate in limited edition vehicles: the SA-20 Speedster. The vehicle will be unveiled to the public at Saleen’s 7th Annual Car Show at the company’s Irvine facility on Saturday, September 13th. The SA-20 epitomizes Saleen’s philosophy; “Power in the Hands of a Few” with only ten of these special edition vehicles being produced.

The SA-20 Speedster, based on the Saleen S281, will be available as a convertible only and will be powered by a 375 HP, 4.6L V8 featuring a Saleen Series IV Screw Type Intercooled Supercharger and Saleen PowerflashTM performance calibration system. The ten vehicles will be factory-custom painted Pearl White with its Five Spoke 18” wheels painted to match. The SA-20 will feature Saleen’s brand-new, never before seen 20th anniversary Tonneau cover with integrated light-bar design. In addition, the vehicle will feature 20th anniversary black and yellow graphics, Saleen’s lightweight, vented, composite hood, S281 Extreme Wing and S281 Extreme Rear Fascia with center exhaust. The interior of the SA-20 will feature 20th anniversary special edition Saleen leather sport seating, console plaque, custom floor mats and custom door panels.

The Saleen SA-20 will mark the third time Saleen has celebrated one of its anniversaries with the release of a limited-edition vehicle. The company celebrated its 10th anniversary with the SA-10 and its 15th anniversary with the SA-15. Each anniversary car was produced in limited quantities of ten. Both cars are extremely rare and highly sought after.

For customers who order the SA-20 prior to Saleen’s 7th Annual Car Show on September 13th, purchase includes airfare for two and one night’s lodging to be present for the public unveiling of the SA-20. SA-20 owners will also dine with Steve Saleen where a private unveiling of the vehicle will be held the evening before the car show. For more information on the SA-20, contact Lupe Baker, Director of Vehicle Sales at (949) 597-3832 or

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2003 SA-20 invitation
2003 SA-20 invitation

Standard Features and Specifications:
Saleen S281 4.6L 2V 375 HP Engine
Torque 415 ft lb
Saleen Series IV Screw Type Intercooled Supercharges
Saleen Powerflash Performance Calibration
Differential Gear Ratio 3.27:1
Five Speed Manual Transmission
Saleen Twin Gauge Pod, Boost and Air Temperature
Saleen Performance air filter
Saleen Performance Center Exhaust System
Saleen X-pipe

Air Management Design:
Saleen Urethane Front & Rear fascia, side skirts, side scoops
Saleen S281 rear Extreme Wing
Saleen “blacked-out” front grill treatment
Saleen Lightweight vented composite hood
Saleen 20th Anniversary Tonneau

Racecraft Suspension:
Saleen Variable Rate front and rear springs
Saleen front struts (N2) and upper strut bushings
Saleen rear shocks (N2)
Saleen front sway bar and pivot bushings
High performance Pirelli P7000 tires 255/35ZR18 (Front) 265/35ZR18 (Rear)
Saleen Five spoke Special 20th Anniversary Custom Painted pearl white 9″ wheels
Saleen Valve Stem Caps
Saleen high performance wheel alignment and tuned chassis

Styling and Interior:
Saleen 20th Anniversary Special leather sport seats
Saleen 200 MPH speedometer with white face gauges
Saleen performance driving pedals
Saleen close ratio shifter
Saleen 20th Anniversary Special S281 Graphics and Identification
Saleen Windshield graphic
Saleen Fender Badge
Saleen Serialized engine bay plaque
Saleen Serialized bumper number
Saleen Serialized 20th Anniversary console plaque
Saleen Championship wreaths
Saleen 20th Anniversary Special custom carpet door panels
Saleen 20th Anniversary Special custom floor mats
Saleen 20th Anniversary Special key fob
Saleen “Eagle One” detail kit
Saleen owners document portfolio

Color Combination:
Saleen Factory Paint: Pearl White
20th Anniversary Special black and yellow graphics
20th Anniversary Special custom painted Pearl White wheels

Special Anniversary Delivery:
Lodging (one night)
Dinner with Steve Saleen
Presentation during 7th Annual Saleen Car Show (September 13th 2003)

Performance Upgrade Options:
Saleen 13″ Brake System
Saleen Performance Cooling Package
Saleen Maxgrip Differential

Exterior Upgrades:
Wheel and Tire Upgrade with 18″ x 10″ Rear Wheels

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