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Former club archivist as well as lead SOEC creative director, 2005-2018.

ONE-OF-A-KIND 2014 S302 BLACK LABEL SPEEDSTER (14-0020) HITS eBay

Price: $59,995.00
VIN: 1ZVBP8FF3E5259295
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 2014
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen S302 Supercharged
Body Type: Convertible
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine: 5.0L 302 Cu. In. V8 Supercharged
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Exterior Color: Speedlab Yellow
Interior Color: Charcoal
Mileage: 3,643
For Sale By: Naples Motorsports
eBay #: 254224598755

Vehicle Description

2014 SALEEN 302 BLACK LABEL
CONVERTIBLE W/SPEEDSTER PACKAGE

LOADED WITH FEATURES AND OPTIONS:
SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES POWERTRAIN
Supercharged 302CI DOHC V8 Engine
Saleen Supercharger
Horsepower: 625
Torque: 550 ft-lb
Low Pressure Drop Internal Intercoolers
High Volume Intercooler Water Pump
Remote External Heat Exchanger
High Performance Calibration
47lb Fuel Injectors
Cold Air Induction with High Performance Air Filter
High Performance Dual Exhaust with High Performance Mufflers
Polished Stainless Steel Exhaust Tips
6-Speed TR3650 Manual Transmission
3.73:1 Final Gear Ratio
625 AMP Maintenance Free Battery
Black Label Serialized Engine Bay plaque

SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES AIR MANAGEMENT
Front Fascia w/High Volume Radiator Intake, Brake Intakes and Side Vents
Blade Front Grille
Integrated Front Splitter with Heat Exchanger Intakes
Side Skirts with Integrated Brake Intakes
Quarter Window Trim
Deck Lid Center Insert with License Plate Mounts
Rear Fascia with Dual Exhaust Cooling Vents
High Downforce Rear Diffuser w/Integrated Exhaust and Center Vent w/LED Race Lamp
Aerodynamic Rear Deck Lid Spoiler and Rear Fender End Caps
High Down-force Rear Wing
Hood with Dual Side Accents

SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES S4 HIGH PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION
S4 Specific Rate Front and Rear Springs
S4 Front Struts
S4 Rear Shocks
S4 Front and Rear Sway Bars with High Durometer Pivot Bushings

TIRES / WHEELS
High Performance Tires 275/35ZR20 (front)
High Performance Tires 275/40ZR20 (rear)
SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES WHEELS
5-spoke Alloy Wheels Black Chrome 20”x9” (front)
5-spoke Alloy Wheels Black Chrome 20”x 9” (rear)

SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES BRAKES 302
14.0” ABS Cross Drilled Front Rotors with 4-Piston Powder Coated Calipers

SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES EXTERIOR TRIM
Model Specific Fender Chevrons
Saleen Windshield Banner
Saleen Fender Model Description Emblems
Saleen Front Emblem
Saleen Rear Model Designation Emblem
Saleen 30th Anniversary Wreath Rear Window Decal
Front Bright Work Trim Package
Saleen Serialized Front Bumper Numbers

SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES INTERIOR
Saleen Steering Wheel Emblem
Leather and Alcantara Two-Tone Chevron Performance Seating
Leather Wrapped Shift Knob and Shift Boot
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
Saleen Stainless Steel Door Sill Plates
Embroidered Model Designation Floor Mats
Embroidered Model Designation Trunk Mat
BLACK LABEL Serialized Dash Emblem
Saleen Owners Document Portfolio and Warranty Guide
Steve Saleen Personally Signed Dash

SALEEN SIGNATURE SERIES WARRANTY 302 SC
3 Year / 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty

FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE BASE CHASSIS
302CI 4-Valve DOHC V8 Engine
Navigation System
HD Radio™ Technology
Shaker™ Audio System
Ambient Lighting
SYNC® with AppLink™
Auxiliary audio input jack
2 power points
Remote Keyless Entry System
Electrochromic Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Universal Garage Door Opener
MyKey®
LED Sequential Rear Taillamps
Autolamp headlamps
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
USB
Power Seats
Electronics Package
Dual Zone Climate Control
Comfort Package
Heated Front Seats
Heated Exterior Mirrors

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RARE 2005 S281 SC CONVERTIBLE (05-1072) HITS eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1ZVFT85H655177402
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 2005
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen S281 Supercharged
Body Type: Convertible
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine: 4.6L 281 Cu. In. V8 Supercharged
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Exterior Color: Screaming Yellow
Interior Color: Charcoal
Mileage: 2,116
For Sale By: Hardee Auto Sales
eBay #: 192897206344

05-1072 S281 Supercharged
05-1072 S281 Supercharged

I am helping a friend liquidate his collection. This will be a NO RESERVE auction. The local Ford dealer knows about this car so there is a chance that it may sell locally before the auction ends. He would like to get $40,000, but he will sell it to the highest bidder at the end of the auction. I am the owner of a local dealership and we sell over 200 units a month. We have all the connections for trade-in valuations, financing options, and transportation assistance. This car will be located at my residence inside of a climate controlled garage. Please text or call if you would like to inspect it. It is brand new in every way. It even still smells new. I can be reached at 8434578989.

VINTAGE S351 (95-0075) SPOTTED ON eBay

Price: $32,500.00
VIN: 1FALP42T1SF254720
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1995
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen S351
Body Type: Coupe
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine: 5.8L 351 Cu. In. V8 Naturally Aspirated
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Exterior Color: Rio Red
Interior Color: Black
Mileage: 26,500
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 133020019436

95-0075 Saleen S351
95-0075 Saleen S351

If you are looking at this auction, then you know what you have just found …. If you don’t, you are looking at 1 of 89 Saleen S351 coupe’s produced in 1995. There were a total of 139 units produced in 1995, this is one of those …. This is Saleen Serial #95-0075 …. Please see all pictures ….

*** There are no issues with the mileage of the vehicle. There was an error made at the DMV back in 1998 when the mileage was recorded. As you can see in the AutoCheck report, the mileage is noted correctly and sequentially and I have the registration document from the previous owner when he purchased the vehicle in 2002 showing the correct mileage of 12,177 noted in the report. ***

95-0075 Saleen S351
95-0075 Saleen S351

Everything works; A/C, cruise control, wipers, washer, power windows, power door locks, radio and CD player, power trunk release, etc. …. Vehicle comes with three factory Ford keys as well as two remote key fobs ….. Just get in, fire up that 371 hp 351, put it in gear and go!

The vehicle turns heads wherever it goes and it always takes me just a little bit longer to leave the gas station due to curious on lookers wanting to talk about the car….

Vehicle has been owned by adult Saleen enthusiast owners and they can all be traced back to the original owner. The vehicle is well known in the Saleen community, as are the owners (as I mentioned)…..I will include all parts that were replaced due to age as well as parts that were replaced due to upgrades that I think make the car stand out, e.g. Cobra style head lights, which change the front look of the vehicle …. I will also include a myriad of receipts of the work that has been performed by me and previous owners.

Also included in the sale are parts that are brand new and have never been installed…..I will also include trophies that the vehicle has won at various area car shows…..Vehicle has been signed by Steve Saleen in the engine compartment as well as on the dash, along with the company trademark line “Power in the hands of a few” that can be found on the Monroney as well…..In addition, the vehicle has been signed by Steve Saleen’s long time in house vehicle designer, Phil Frank.

Vehicle is equipped with and comes with the following:

1) 351 cubic inch, 371 bhp (5.8L) naturally aspirated V8 engine.
2) Tremec 3550 5-speed transmission with Pro-5.0 short-throw shifter.
3) Saleen shorty headers.
4) Saleen 13″ rotors and Saleen/Alcon 4 piston calipers.
5) Racecraft suspension components.
6) Complete Bilstein struts, shocks, quad-shocks.
7) Saleen aluminum differential cover.
8) Kaenan Saleen style heat extractor hood.
9) 18″ x 8.5″ and 18″ x 10″ chrome Italian Saleen Speedline wheels.
10) Extra set of gray Saleen/USA LeMans 18″ x 8.5″ wheels.
11) Saleen/Recaro full leather front/rear seats.
12) 3.73 rear gear ratio.
13) Correct speedo gear for 3.73 gear ratio.
14) Saleen S351 front/rear floor mats.
15) Brand new unused S351 front/rear floor mats.
16) Brand new unworn Saleen Owners jacket (M).
17) MOMO correct leather shift knob.
18) Maximum Motorsports caster/camber plates.
19) Battery Tender battery charger.
20) Custom NOAH car cover.
21) Borla exhaust with correct “machine gun” tailpipes and chrome tips.
22) Original Monroney and add a tag (window sticker) from 1995.
23) Newer style Monroney that Saleen graciously made custom for me.
24) Saleen serialization engine bay plaque, dash plaque and bumper number.

95-0075 Saleen S351
95-0075 Saleen S351

There are a couple of windshield chips, I took a picture of the one that has a “star”….. There are a couple of small rock chips here and there but they don’t photograph well as they have been touched up with correct Ford E8 paint ….. The car is in fantastic shape for a 24 year old vehicle and that is a testament to the owners, (including myself), that have all taken excellent care of this rare beast.

The only reason for selling is that I am trying to purchase a different year Saleen and need to sell this one to make room, that’s it …. If I could keep it, I would.

Stand out at your next car show or cruise in ….. I would venture to say that there will most likely not be very many Saleen’s and much less a 1995 S351 in this condition!

Please ask any and all questions prior to bidding….The car is for sale locally and I reserve the right to cancel the auction early if car sells locally.

For serious buyers, I have many more pictures that I can’t upload here. Please get in touch with me and I will send you a link to the host website. In addition, I also have a video that I can send you the link to.

Mileage is approx. as it may change due to showing vehicle at a few car shows and cruise in’s coming up in the next few weeks.

Thank you for looking and good luck…

S302 BLACK LABEL (14-015) TO HIT BARRETT-JACKSON, PALM BEACH AUCTION

Lot #654
2014 FORD SALEEN MUSTANG

Auction: Palm Beach 2019
Location: Tent 4 D-26
Reserve: NO RESERVE
Status: Available
Price: Request Bidder Info
Lot: 654
Year: 2014
Make: FORD
Model: SALEEN MUSTANG
Style: COUPE
*Includes Buyer Commission

Details
VIN: 1ZVBP8CF3E5247765
Exterior Color: BLACK
Interior Color: BLACK
Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 5.0-LITER
Transmission: 6-SPEED MANUAL

Description
Lot #654 – This 2014 Saleen Mustang Black Label 302SSC is powered by a 625hp 5.0-liter V8 with a Saleen supercharger, backed by a 6-speed manual transmission, and has 630 actual miles. Serial #15 for 2014 Saleen cars built, this example is one of 10 302SSC coupes built in 2014. The dash is signed by Steve Saleen, and the car comes with a Saleen build book containing pictures of the build. This modern muscle car was originally purchased new by Valvoline LLC and was used as a promotional vehicle before being placed in warehouse storage. In 2018 it was rediscovered and displayed at corporate employee events. Valvoline LLC has now decided to return the car to the Mustang and Saleen collector community. CARFAX shows Ford Motor Company manufacturer safety recalls issued on 05/27/2015: Driver airbag inflator replacement; and on 01/26/2019: Passenger airbag inflator replacement.

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ALPHALUXE: SALEEN S7 ALL-AMERICAN HOLISTIC SUPERCAR

Saleen S7 All-American Holistic Supercar

By: JOSH LOWE on February 13, 2019
Original Article: ALPHALUXE.COM

Saleen Automotive
The Saleen brand was established in 1983 originally as Saleen Autosport. Steve Saleen is a racer: a former professional Formula Atlantic race driver. Racing is at the heart of what Saleen has been doing for more than 30 years: Building fast cars and trucks that can compete on both street and circuit. Simple enough, it seems. But there’s more to it than that. Being fast isn’t just about closing the gap between points A and B. It’s about balance and consistency. And it has to be accomplished within the rules. It requires a “big picture” perspective because a driver’s car is more than just a collection of systems.

Saleen Supercar S7 (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen Supercar S7 (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

Building a well-balanced sports car, be it for the track or for the street, requires a holistic approach. This was demonstrated in August 2000, when Saleen unveiled the S7. The first successful American supercar that also became a successful race car, securing a class win at the 2010 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as an upset victory at Imola in 2004, in front of Ferrari’s executives, VIPs, and journalists.

Saleen HQ

Saleen Automotive (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen Automotive (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

We arrived at Saleen’s Corona, California headquarters on a rainy January morning. After amiable introductions, we were given a guided tour of the facilities by the man himself. As we passed through the workshop filled with Mustangs and trucks in various stages of completion we’re given an overview of the company. A dark red Saleen Mustang from the 1980s is parked in one corner and a pre-production example of the upcoming S1 sports car reposes nearby.

Steve Saleen shows S7 LM engineering (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Steve Saleen shows S7 LM engineering (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

Saleen guides us through the workshop, describing the extent to which they alter the cars and trucks that are eventually offered for sale. Saleen not only has to deliver improved performance, it also must be tested and certified for use on public roads. The Mustangs that Saleen sells are extensively changed from their factory configurations. Only the doors and quarter panels remain unchanged, according to Saleen. But, he also points out that designing the S7 from the ground up freed them from having to implement the workarounds associated with re-engineering an existing platform, such as the Mustang.

S7 Development

Saleen Supercar S7 back black (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen Supercar S7 back black (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

As we move through the R&D area, Saleen recounts the early development of the S7. The green light to build the car was given in December 1999 and it was formally unveiled in August 2000. It was first visualized in one-fifth scale foam, then in CAD. It was wind-tunnel tested at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Assembly took place at Saleen’s previous facility in Irvine, California. The original iteration of the S7 was powered by a naturally aspirated, 7-liter, aluminum small block V8. The final product was a head-turning, mid-engine, 550 horsepower, American supercar. If not the absolute first of its kind it’s certainly more credible and successful than the Vector W8 and M12. The S7 promised a 3.3 second 0-60 time and an 11.3 second standing quarter mile. It also promised a future on the race track.

Saleen Supercar S7 LM cockpit (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen Supercar S7 LM cockpit (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

When asked if the 24 Hours of Le Mans was specifically taken into consideration when designing the S7, Saleen’s answer is short and direct: “Racing was taken into consideration.” Not a specific race or circuit, not even a track with the unique demands of the Circuit de la Sarthe. This comment resonates. It’s not about specific numbers. It’s the whole picture. The S7 was built to be both a street legal supercar and a race car that could compete at the highest levels. Relatively little separates the two. The S7 was made to go racing and that’s exactly what it did.

The racing variant of the S7, dubbed S7-R, made its racing debut at Laguna Seca in October 2000. Less than six months later, the S7-R won its class and finished sixth overall at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Then came a podium finish and an 18th place overall finish at Le Mans. The S7-R went on to compete and succeed in multiple sports cars and endurance racing series for nearly 10 years.

Winning Ways

Saleen S7 LM (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen S7 LM (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

In 2004, the S7-R raced at the FIA GT 500 km of Imola. Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo had convened a gathering of motoring press and VIPs to celebrate the racing debut and “inevitable” victory of the Maserati MC12. The MC12 was essentially a rebodied Ferrari Enzo and the team running the two entries at Imola was comprised of elements of Ferrari’s factory Formula 1 team.

“They brought everyone in from the Formula 1 team to run [the MC12] with the exception of Michael Schumacher. Jean Todt, who was the [F1] team manager, oversaw the operation. All of their mechanics, and they even had Mika Salo as their main driver.” – Steve Saleen

During what was supposed to be an easy win for Ferrari, the Vitaphone Racing Team had intentions of their own. Drivers Michael Bartels and Uwe Alzen powered the #5 Saleen S7-R to an overall victory at Imola, in front of Ferrari’s home crowd. The all-American S7-R supercar clinched overall victory at Ferrari’s home track Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari against two Maserati MC12, three Ferrari 550, three Ferrari 575 and two Lamborghini Murciélago in the GT Class.

Di Montezemolo issued a public mea culpa, crediting the competition for a clear-cut victory. In 2010, the S7-R went on to achieve an LMGT1 class victory and 13th place overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The S7-R had proven itself to still be competitive at a high level nearly 10 years after it was originally designed. Considering the rate at which sports and endurance racing cars age into obsolescence, this was a remarkable feat.

Back to the Future

Saleen S7 LM assembly area (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen S7 LM assembly area (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

At this point of the tour, we’re led to an enclosed workshop occupied by three S7 chassis in various stages of completion. They are part of the final run of 7 cars, called the LeMans Edition. These cars boast an output of 1,100 horsepower on California 91 octane fuel. But they have a trick up their figurative sleeves, too: They can also run E85 flex fuel. The S7-LM has a sensor that detects if E85 is present and automatically raises the output of the twin turbo V8 engine to a staggering 1,300 horsepower. The weight of the car is nearly unchanged, thus giving the S7-LM a serious power-to-weight ratio.

Saleen S7 LM wheel hubs and brakes (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen S7 LM wheel hubs and brakes (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

Two of the S7-LM are in the early stages of construction and the third appears to be a finished car. It’s a bit of heaven for car nerds. Suspension components, crash structures, and other components that aren’t easily seen on completed vehicles can be closely examined. We’re given an opportunity to see just how beefy and well-machined some of the mechanical pieces like the wheel hubs are. At one point, we’re handed a carbon composite door. Even with glass installed the entire door only weighs about 13 pounds.

Saleen S7 LM Door (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen S7 LM Door (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

Saleen then described the process of testing and re-testing the crash box at the front of the car. Not only does it protect occupants, it also protects the suspension. Saleen explains that the S7 was designed to withstand a significant front impact without compromising the suspension. This kind of durability is a benefit on both a street or a race car, and it harkens back to the holistic approach to building cars that Saleen uses.

Saleen Supercar S7 LM protection cell (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen Supercar S7 LM protection cell (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

Finishing Line

Saleen Supercar S1 (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen Supercar S1 (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

Motorsports fans may look back at the days of Ford vs. Ferrari at Le Mans with fondness and nostalgia, but it’s worth noting that the fight didn’t end in the 1960s. The names and participants may have changed, but that racing spirit lived on and will hopefully continue to do so as the Saleen S7 becomes eligible to participate in historic racing. There are discussions about an S7 Reunion to be held in Monterey, in 2020.

Saleen intends to design and manufacture cars under the Saleen name. Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Saleen S1 is due to launch in 2019. The S1 sports a 450 horsepower, mid-mounted, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine. While it’s not a monster like the S7, the S1 clearly shares its lineage. There racing plans for the S1 too. Hardly a surprise when looking back to the start: Steve Saleen is a racer.


In the Side-View Mirror by Michael Gallardo

Our visit to Saleen was a great experience. Steve broke down the two major sides of business: “Signature” and “Original.” The Signature side consists of chassis delivered from an existing manufacturer being modified to Saleen’s specifications including the S302 and the Sportruck. The Original side of the business is where the really special stuff happens such as the S1 and the almighty (no pun intended) S7.

Saleen S7 LM assembly 2 (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen S7 LM assembly 2 (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

We were shown the process of the S302 builds and were able to see all of the detail that Saleen puts into their cars. Steve told us “Everything on the cars has a purpose…” and proceeded to point out various aspects of aerodynamics that were focused on when designing the new generation of Saleen Mustang. Saleen offers three levels of builds on the S302: White Label, Yellow Label, and Black Label. Each one comes with a warranty and plenty of options to choose from.

After showing us the Signature side, we went to a separate building where the Original side of operations is. We were shown the new S7 Le Mans Edition in three different forms.

Saleen S7 LM cockpit assembly (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen S7 LM cockpit assembly (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

The first form was essentially bare chassis and we were shown how the design is extremely safe as it was meant to have the driver survive a crash at an extreme rate of speed rather than just being designed to pass the typical safety standards. Next to it was another chassis with interior bits and some other things added, then finally the complete car.

Saleen Supercar S7 LM front (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe
Saleen Supercar S7 LM front (photo by Josh L) @alphaluxe

When asked about the future, Steve said, “We have two other cars [besides the S1, S7, etc…] beyond the drawing board that you’ll see here in the future…”

It is very clear that the company has some new tricks up their sleeves and it will be exciting to see what comes next for Saleen.

[Source: AlphaLuxe]

2019 SALEEN CLUB OF AMERICA NATIONALS: JUNE 26-30, 2019

16th Annual Saleen Club of America Nationals2019 Saleen Club of America Nationals
* Featuring all Saleen Special Paint Vehicles!
* The 2019 Saleen Club of America Nationals will be held in Deadwood, South Dakota June 26-30, 2019.
* Host hotel information here.
* Meet Saleen Automotive executives & sales staff

 

THE SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY
* Morning – Bus Tour of Historic Deadwood
* Evening – Early Bird “Meet & Greet” at host hotel Bar and dinner on your own.

THURSDAY
* Morning –  Cruise to Mount Rushmore (Parking fee is $11.00 per car)
* Lunch with the Presidents! (on your own)
* Afternoon – Cruise to Crazy Horse ($12.00 per person)
* Evening – Cocktail Hour and dinner on your own
* Slot Tournament

THURSDAY EVENING
* Evening group dinner at the Tap Room in the Omni Hotel

FRIDAY
* Morning – Cruise to Devil’s Tower ($25.00 per car)
* Lunch on your own in route
* Free Time

FRIDAY EVENING
* Evening – Welcome Bash at The Knuckle Saloon in Sturgis, SD. This will be a pizza buffet with a cash bar.
* Local Show
* “Trailer Talks” in the parking lot of the hotel

SATURDAY
* National Car Show

SATURDAY EVENING
* Awards Dinner – Stay tuned for menu

SUNDAY
* See Ya Breakfast…
* Cruise to Badlands ($25.00 per car)

LOCATION
Deadwood, South Dakota

Hosted By
Saleen Club of America
PO Box 274
Odenville AL 35120

Event Website
https://www.facebook.com/events/248388342537305/

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[Source: Saleen Club of America]

FOLLMER EDITION (14-014) SPOTTED ON eBay

Price: $59,900.00
VIN: 1ZVBP8CF4E5322084
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 2014
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen – George Follmer Edition
Body Type: Coupe
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine: 5.0L 4951CC 302Cu. In. V8 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Black
Mileage: 1,500
For Sale By: Ofox Auto Classics
eBay #: 333029747668

This is an extremely rare Saleen. Only 4 of these were ever built according to the Saleen registry.

The best, highest performing Saleen from this era. Saleen started with a Mustang GT and completely reworked it. Engine redone with reworked heads, revised cams and valve springs making it capable of 7500 rpm reliable performance. Revised intake with cold air shaker hood, reprogrammed computer, low restriction exhaust, etc to deliver 510 naturally aspirated HP. Completely reworked S4 Racecraft suspension, bigger brakes , custom 19″-9″front and 19″- 10″ rear wheels with Pirelli P Zero performance tires. 6 Speed MT-82 transmission, 6 piston front brakes,Adjustable coil over struts and shocks, and S4 front and rear sway bars.

Both the interior and exterior received numerous upgrades most noticeable the Heritage paint scheme which mimics the 1969 Follmer #16 Trans Am car. The dash is signed by both George Follmer and Steve Saleen.

This is a documented two owner car that has been sparing driven primarily to car shows and events. Freshly serviced and detailed it is a standout very Rare beast. At home on the street or the track.

This is a standout car in beautiful condition.

HAGERTY: CLASS OF 2019 – TOP 10 CLASSIC CARS TO BUY

Class of 2019
Hagerty’s Top 10 Classic Cars to Buy This Year

By: AARON ROBINSON on January 7, 2019
Original Article: HAGERTY.COM

When the gavel came down on lot number 372 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas this past September, it smashed any remaining illusions that modern mass-produced cars will never be collectible. The 1997 Acura Integra Type R with 1191 miles showing hammered at $63,800, a startling figure for what is basically a gussied-up Honda hatchback. Indeed, the Integra outperformed a bumblebee yellow 1970 Dodge Charger 440 and a Highland Green (of course) 1968 Mustang 289 fastback, two collectible-car perennials that went across the same block that weekend. What, you might ask, is the world coming to?

Well, the world seems pretty much the same, meaning that values are still rising on some special cars that were once thought commonplace. However, the era of those cars keeps shifting forward as the clock on the wall keeps spinning. Your high-school dream machine may have had a big-block and a shaker, but the guy next to you at the bar might have wanted VTEC and an 8000-rpm redline. And if he graduated high school in 1997, he’s no kid anymore; he’s pushing 40 and perhaps ready to purchase a time machine with whatever cash it takes.

In this, our second annual Bull Market roundup, we have again pulled together a list of mostly later-model cars and trucks that the Hagerty valuation team believes are on the move. These 10 vehicles have slid the usual slope of depreciation and attrition, and the higher-quality survivors are ready to start climbing. Or they have already started climbing and are now poised to launch.

Hagerty
Hagerty

As we did last year, we reached out to our Hagerty membership for owners of the cars on our list. And as happened last year, they astonished us with their willingness to take time off from their lives and troop out to the storied Lime Rock Park circuit in Connecticut’s pastoral Berkshires to be a part of this event. It couldn’t have happened without them. And one of Lime Rock’s favorite sons—racer, author, and TV commentator Sam Posey—dropped in to tell stories, such as that time in 1971 when he was burning down Le Mans’ Mulsanne Straight at 248 mph in a Ferrari 512M. Posey recalled, “I was passed by Pedro Rodriguez in a longtail 917, and he was as white as a sheet.”

So if you’re wondering what the collectible-car world is coming to, take heart. From our vantage point, it looks pretty darn healthy.

1973 BMW 3.0CSL, photo by DW Burnett
1973 BMW 3.0CSL, photo by DW Burnett

1972-1975 BMW 3.0CSL

So much of BMW’s celebrated iconography is rolled up in this one big 1970s coupe. It launched BMW’s M motorsport division. It was part of a family of vehicles that introduced the upturned stop to the rear quarter-window line, the Hofmeister kink, that has been used by BMW for decades and relentlessly copied by others. It pioneered the use of BMW’s tricolor racing stripes, the blue representing the Bavarian flag, the red honoring an early racing partnership with Texaco (bet you didn’t know that), and the purple wedged between them as a bridge. In 1975, the avant-garde painter and sculptor Alexander Calder went to town on one, establishing BMW Art Cars as a thing. Just 1265 3.0CSLs were made, making it as rare as many vintage Italian exotics. On the blue-spinner hierarchy, BMW collectors have recently started valuing them only below the illustrious 507 roadster, the M1 supercar, and the 503 coupe.

The scarcity of CSLs in America is driven by the fact that of the several iterations made—from the earliest 180-hp, 3.0-liter carbureted model that debuted in mid-1971 to the final 206-hp, 3.2-liter injected version that closed out production in late 1975—none was officially imported to the U.S. It was a European homologation special, assembled under contract by Karmann, with thinner steel and several aluminum panels to shave more than 400 pounds from the standard 3.0CS. A warbling inline-six tuned for racing turned the wheels, Bilstein shocks augmented the revamped suspension, and winglets and dams shaped the airflow. One version even came with a big wing tossed in the trunk but not factory fitted because such things were technically illegal for the road—all so BMW could enter the car in the German Touring Car Championship.

If you swear you’ve seen one before, it was probably a BMW 3.0CS, a lovely autobahn eater that went on sale in the U.S. in 1970. Its four round, 5.5-inch headlights, another BMW hallmark introduced by this model, made the car federally compliant, and it became the face of the twin-kidney brand for two decades. So many firsts and so few examples—that is the essence of a collectible car.

1973 BMW 3.0CSL
Engine inline-six, 3153 cc
Power 206 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque 211 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
Weight 2800 lb
Power-to-weight 13.6 lb/hp
0–60 6.5 sec
Top speed 137 mph
Price when new $10,214
Hagerty value $218,500–$264,700

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

These cars aren’t common, and their values are up 10 percent in the past 12 months. Even though #2 cars are valued at $250,000, we think there is room to grow. BMWs saw the second-highest insurance-quote increase over the past year (after Jeep), and many of the quotes are for people under 55 years old. BMW and Porsche draw many of the same buyers, and as Porsche values grow and price people out, BMWs get more attractive.


2003 Porsche Boxster S, photo by DW Burnett
2003 Porsche Boxster S, photo by DW Burnett

1997-2004 Porsche Boxster

The recession of the early 1990s had been hard on Porsche, and the nearly bankrupt company was in survival mode. Determined not to be so vulnerable again, Porsche hired a team of former Toyota consultants to help streamline production and rationalize the product line, introducing an SUV and relaunching an entry-level mid-engine volume model akin to the old 914. From the windshield forward, the ensuing 1997 Porsche Boxster was nearly identical to the 996-generation 911, which was released almost at the same time. Jointly developing the two cars drastically cut Porsche’s engineering and production costs, helping loft the company to the exalted position it enjoys today as the industry’s most profitable company on a per-unit basis.

Although that first Boxster may have benefited from the advice of the makers of soulless Japanese appliances, it is hardly without a soul. Low, curvaceous lines, a wailing flat-six, and highly organic handling made the Boxster an instant car-magazine favorite, moving one jaded journalist to declare it was “so much fun that it’s gotta be a sin.” The demand for those early cars was so strong that Porsche shelved plans for the more powerful S model until 2000, as the assembly lines in Germany and Finland were already strained to capacity.

The large number of cars built and some known quality issues mean the values for this genuine son of Stuttgart have depreciated into widely affordable territory. You can be lapping up the top-down delights of a Boxster while enjoying nearly perfect ergonomics and carving your favorite road to ribbons—all for $15,000 or less. The Boxster is everything a Porsche should be: luxurious, thrilling, and above all fun.

2003 PORSCHE BOXSTER S
Engine flat-six, 3179 cc
Power 258 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque 229 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Weight 3000 lb
Power-to-weight 11.6 lb/hp
0–60 5.3 sec
Top speed 162 mph
Price when new $51,600
Hagerty value $13,800–$17,200

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

Why this car got cheap: It has the early ugly headlights, the intermediate shaft bearing problem, and a reputation for poor build quality. But 15 years after production ended, there’s a fix for the bearing, and most survivors will have had it done. Many people who could buy a $50,000 car new are the kind who do the maintenance and keep records.


1989 Saleen Mustang, photo by Sandon Voelker
1989 Saleen Mustang, photo by Sandon Voelker

1984-1993 Saleen Mustang

One thing you can say about Steve Saleen is that he’s no quitter. The local Southern California car geek rose from a young club-racing greenhorn all the way to IndyCar and went from repainting Mustangs in his backyard to being Ford’s selected contractor to build the 2004–6 Ford GT. He started Saleen Autosport in 1983 as a Mustang modification house and was recognized by the federal government as a specialty-car manufacturer, eventually producing his own supercar, the S7. Along the way he saw the rights to his own name snatched away by boardroom wrangling, reemerged with a new company called SMS Supercars, regained his name, and today has new projects including an exotic called the S1, performance-tuned versions of the Ford F-150, and a showroom in Shanghai, China. Set the rewind button to 1989, when Saleen Autosport was turning stock 225-hp Mustangs into SCCA club racers for the street, with firmer shocks and springs, larger brakes, and a variety of cosmetic and functional exterior and interior bits, including Flofit bucket seats and a Momo steering wheel. The cars retailed for about $25,000, a significant bump from the stock Mustang LX but at the time the ultimate tuned Mustang with a warranty.

Behind the wheel, the time trip took some of us straight back to high school as we faced the geometric dash that was a hallmark of the Fox-body Mustangs of the era. The simmering V-8 doesn’t make the thunder and lightning of today’s muscle cars, but it can spin the tires and pitch the car sideways, as editor-in-chief Larry Webster demonstrates in the photo above. Owner Donald Carter, Jr.’s, father found this Saleen, which had been in the collection of a Ford dealer, in 1993. He bought it not for himself but for Donald’s mother, who at the time was in her 80s. “Elsa always wanted a sports car,” says Carter. The Saleen became her weekend toy. Her daily driver remained a ’71 Chevy Impala. Today, Carter is a full-blooded hot rodder and engine builder, and he keeps the Saleen under a sheet in the garage, there to remind him of his gear-jamming mom.

1989 SALEEN MUSTANG
Engine V-8, 4942 cc
Power 225 hp @ 4000 rpm
Torque 300 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm
Weight 3000 lb
Power-to-weight 13.3 lb/hp
0–60 6.0 sec
Top speed 149 mph
Price when new $25,500
Hagerty value $26,400–$32,500

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

Fox-body Saleen Mustangs are the early Shelby GT350s of the 1980s. Similarities include being created for SCCA competition by a famous driver and incredibly low production numbers. Bone-jarringly stiff, unapologetic, absolute race cars for the street, these early Saleens are still trading for not much more than a garden-variety Foxbody Mustang GT. For now. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


1989 Saleen Mustang and 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, photo by DW Burnett
1989 Saleen Mustang and 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, photo by DW Burnett

1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Old names carry big weight in the Corvette world, mainly because Chevrolet, wisely, has never tossed around badges such as Z06, ZR1, and Grand Sport lightly. When you laid out for one of the special Vettes, you truly got something for your money: substantially more horsepower, for one thing, plus exclusive trimmings and maybe a pleasing retro paint scheme. People who buy Corvettes tend to like the fact that they’re joining an old and illustrious family, and the 1996 Grand Sport plainly evokes the model’s racing heritage.

A one-year gift to the Corvette faithful to celebrate the close of the C4’s 12-year production run, the RPO Z16 Grand Sport option was collectible the minute the first of the 1000 examples—810 coupes, 190 convertibles—hit showrooms. Yes, for another $3250 above the Corvette coupe’s $37,225 base price, you got more power, as the placard on the center console next to the six-speed shifter proudly proclaims. Besides calling out the LT4’s 330 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque, the placard tells you in large type that the 5.7-liter engine has a 10.8:1 compression ratio, not a common stat found on an interior car badge.

After building Corvettes for four decades, the Chevrolet of the mid-1990s knew that its Vette customers like to quote figures because they get asked a lot.

You could have any color as long as it was Admiral Blue with an Arctic White “skunk stripe” down the center and twin red hash marks on the driver’s front fender. The majority came with black interiors, but a few years ago, John Crynock—who owns two Vettes, this GS and a ’98 Indy Pace Car Replica—pounced on one of the 217 Grand Sport coupes delivered with red seats. The C4 will rocket you back in time in terms of interior electronics and GM build quality, but the rumbling LT4 can still rocket you forward with equal ferocity. The view over the wide bat-wing hood has been and will remain a Corvette trademark, at least until the mid-engine Vette arrives next year to once again evolve the Plastic Fantastic.

1996 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT
Engine V-8, 5733 cc
Power 330 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque 340 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Weight 3400 lb
Power-to-weight 10.3 lb/hp
0–60 5.2 sec
Top speed 168 mph
Price when new $37,225
Hagerty value $36,100–$49,500

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

Just 1000 examples built in one year means these cars are rare, fast, and distinctive. In a Corvette—in fact, in most cars—those factors add value. Plus, most Grand Sports were treated as collector cars from new, which means lots of low-mileage choices out there.


2004 Subaru WRX STI, photo by DW Burnett
2004 Subaru WRX STI, photo by DW Burnett

2004-2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

A whole generation of drivers learned the letters STI through video games. Before then, the vehicles produced by Subaru Tecnica International, the company’s racing division, were obscure Japanese home-market homologation specials built to support Subaru’s efforts in international rallying. By the early 2000s, however, buyers in North America, familiar with cars like the WRX STI from Gran Turismo and other games, were demanding to be let in on the fun. The first U.S.-legal WRX turbo appeared for the 2002 model year, followed shortly by an even heavier-breathing STI version, and Nipon nerds delighted in the brief turbo-tech war that ensued between Subaru’s all-wheel-drive hot rod and the similarly exotic Mitsubishi Evo.

The STI had big wheels, a big wing, big suspension upgrades, and a big engine. The 2.5-liter flat-four munched on 14.5 psi of boost to make 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque in a car weighing 3300 pounds. It’s worth noting that, 15 years later, the 2019 model makes 310 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque, and the base STI now weighs about 200 more pounds. In other words, unlike many long-running models, that first STI was in some ways the best.

Owner Rich Schaars bought a new WRX in 2002 and in late 2003 tried to trade it in for an STI, but the dealers wanted huge markups. He waited them out over the winter, and by the spring of 2004, dealers were ready to sell at list. More than 100,000 miles and a full engine rebuild later, Schaars’s STI is otherwise remarkably well preserved, accelerating and steering as fiercely as it did when new while evoking Subaru racing glory with its gold wheels and British American Tobacco blue paint.

The years have passed, Mitsubishi has faded, and Subaru no longer wants to talk about its rallying days, somehow believing that creates a hooligan cloud over a brand that is trying to move upscale to become a sort of discounted Audi. You couldn’t even get blue paint over gold wheels on an STI for a while, and now only the limited-edition $50,000 WRX STI Type RA offers the combo. So, although you can buy a new STI, you can really no longer buy a car as weirdly special as that first one.

2004 SUBARU WRX STI
Engine flat-four, 2457 cc
Power 300 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 300 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Weight 3300 lb
Power-to-weight 11.0 lb/hp
0–60 4.9 sec
Top speed 155 mph
Price when new $32,000
Hagerty value $25,700–$33,700

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

The real-life versions of the cars we played in Need for Speed were too expensive for the kids who wanted them. But as those kids became adults and made money, the cars got older and cheaper. Good examples are hard to find today, but they are that much more valuable.


1988 Toyota MR2 S/C, photo by DW Burnett
1988 Toyota MR2 S/C, photo by DW Burnett

1985-1989 Toyota MR2

The House of Camry isn’t really known for its sports cars, but Toyota has produced a few gems, including the 2000GT and lesser known Sports 800, both from the 1960s. It was the memory of the tiny Sports 800 plus the 1970s energy crisis plus the rapidly growing North American market that inspired Toyota to launch the lightweight (and lightly powered) MR2 in 1985. The odd name equated to “midship-engine runabout two-seater.” The MR2 may have been a 1970s idea, but it was fully teased-hair, floppy-disk, boombox 1980s when it arrived priced around $12,000 and shaped like Tron’s door stop.

A 1.6-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve four producing a mere 112 horsepower growled behind the seats of this junior Ferrari. But the car weighed a mere 2400 pounds, and the engine could zing to 7500 rpm, which ensured that even the dullest commute would have its moments. Everything was light, from the flickable five-speed gearbox to the two-spoke steering wheel that worked the 185/60-14 tires to the way it pranced through corners.

Almost immediately after introducing the MR2, Toyota started piling on features: first, optional T-tops and monochromatic side skirts, then a 145-hp supercharged engine in 1988. The 0-to-60-mph time dropped from about eight seconds to 6.5, but the price jumped to almost $20,000. The MR2 was moving uptown, and a 1990 redesign rounded off all the edges and significantly increased the size, weight, and horsepower.

Owner Jeff Miller was born after his MR2 Supercharged was made and says he had no particular interest in them or in cars in general until playing a video game that included the original MR2. Now Miller owns two of them. A Toyota that converts young people into car collectors? Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!

1988 TOYOTA MR2 S/C
Engine inline-four, 1587 cc
Power 145 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 137 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Weight 2600 lb
Power-to-weight 17.9 lb/hp
0–60 6.5 sec
Top speed 130 mph
Price when new $19,750
Hagerty value $10,800–$14,100

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

A car-magazine favorite when new that represents all the cool design things about the 1980s. Clean #2 cars are still less than $15K, but values are up 25 percent. Millennials make up 45 percent of our quotes, which is insane; they were toddlers when the MR2 was introduced. These are people just getting into the hobby, so there’s room to grow.


2004 Dodge Ram SRT10, photo by DW Burnett
2004 Dodge Ram SRT10, photo by DW Burnett

2004-2006 Dodge Ram SRT10

Bold, brash, and more than a little bizarre, the Dodge Viper was the American Lamborghini, a wholly unapologetic gas-guzzling, two-seat screw-you to the presumed responsibilities of adulthood. Likewise, the Dodge Ram SRT10 was a kind of American Lamborghini LM002, another truck with a ridiculously overcompensating engine that served no purpose other than to make people giggle. It took Chrysler 13 years after the Viper’s debut to answer this absurd “what if” question by shoving the Viper’s 500-hp, 8.3-liter V-10 and a big red “start” button into its regular-cab, short-box Ram pickup. The result was a 5100-pound keg hauler that roasted 60 mph in under five seconds while slurping up the juice at the rate of 12 mpg.

During the brief years of production from 2004 to 2006, a four-door variant appeared, offering an automatic transmission and a 7500-pound tow rating (the original had no tow rating owing to the lowered ride height and worries about clutch life). Weighing more than 5600 pounds, the SRT10 Quad Cab was a $52,115 hulking hunk of high-caliber freedom that could at least perform some of the duties of an actual pickup truck. The factory built nearly 10,000 SRT10s of two- and four-door variety, as well as a few special editions such as the Yellow Fever and the Night Runner.

Car and Driver magazine summed up the SRT10’s behind-the-wheel experience as follows: “Cement-truck ride, cement-truck noise, fuel mileage worse than a cement truck’s.” We would only add that the combination of the heavy clutch and lanky shifter, plus the typically slushy pickup-truck steering, makes navigating a twisty road feel like performing spinal surgery with a CAT excavator. Yet listening to that V-10 make its distinctive syncopated roar as it roasts the rear meats (our photo truck had nonfactory side pipes) is a hilarious joy. A hot-rod pickup seems an anachronism today when factory performance trucks such as the Ford Raptor are really about off-road prowess, but that is part of the Ram SRT10’s brutish charm. It apologizes for nothing.

2004 DODGE RAM SRT10
Engine V-10, 8277 cc
Power 500 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque 525 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
Weight 5100 lb
Power-to-weight 10.2 lb/hp
0–60 4.9 sec
Top speed 150 mph
Price when new $45,000
Hagerty value $26,700–$35,000

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

Our insurance quotes are up 40 percent, and 61 percent of those are from Gen X and millennials, meaning the interested parties are under 55. Auction sale prices are up 15 percent. At the Mecum sale in Monterey, a 1500- mile truck went for $56,000, 10 grand over the original MSRP. They’re really hot right now, they’re moving, and there really isn’t a substitute. A pickup with a V-10 and six-speed is an uncommon combination.


Ford Bronco and 2004 Ram SRT10
Ford Bronco and 2004 Ram SRT10

1980-1986 Ford Bronco

Of course, the later versions of Ford’s original sport-utility vehicle will be forever associated with the events of June 17, 1994. That’s when retired NFL defensive end Al Cowlings gave his buddy O.J. Simpson a lift down a Los Angeles freeway as 95 million people watched on television. That particular 1993 white Bronco now lives in the Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and no doubt aficionados of later Broncos shudder at the connection. Their beloved trucks are so much more than a single tawdry TV moment that must come up in every gas-pump conversation with strangers.

These latter Broncos are everything people love about big two-door SUVs. They’re huge, comfortable, fun in their own easygoing way, and plaid-and-plastic time machines back to the pre-motherboard era. The owners of this particular third-generation example have five Broncos in their fleet, and when the local Bronco club last met, 50 of them convoyed under police escort because “there’s something about a Bronco and a police escort,” said the fellow who brought the car on behalf of the owners. Well, at least they have a sense of humor.

Now that values of the first-gen Broncos have reached the level of surreal, the later full-size ones (as well as the few surviving Ranger-based Bronco IIs) are moving as well. Don’t blame yourself if you can’t picture the second-gen Bronco; Ford only built it for two years, from 1978 to ’79, and finally abandoned its special platform. Like the Chevy Blazer, the Bronco at that point became simply a bobtail version of the contemporary full-size pickup but with a fiberglass cap. The third gen debuted in 1980 with an eggcrate grille and inset headlights—the flush headlights didn’t appear until the fourth gen in 1987—and a range of engines that topped out in 1984 with a high-output (okay, 210 horsepower) 351 V-8. The third-gen was also notable for the adoption of an independent “twin traction beam” suspension, which made the ride pleasantly less agrarian.

With a new small Bronco expected for the 2020 model year, Bronco interest is higher than ever. Perhaps even higher than in the summer of 1994.

1983 FORD BRONCO
Engine V-8, 4917 cc
Power 130 hp @ 3800 rpm
Torque 222 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Weight 4100 lb
Power-to-weight 31.5 lb/hp
0–60 14.4 sec
Top speed 86 mph
Price when new $10,858
Hagerty value $13,400–$18,100

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

Just as with later Benz SLs, there’s a strong substitution effect by people priced out of the first-generation vehicles. There wasn’t a big performance difference between all the model years, so there isn’t a big falloff in values from the ’70s to the ’80s. Millennials are twice as likely to quote a third-gen as a first-gen because they’re cheaper; a #2 value of $15K is a lot more accessible. The fact that they are bringing the Bronco back stands to help long-term values.


2009 Pontiac G8 GXP, photo by DW Burnett
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP, photo by DW Burnett

2008-2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

The House of Wide-Track was still listing heavily to starboard from the Aztek debacle when the first Australian import, the GTO, arrived in 2004. Life on planet Pontiac was suddenly a lot more interesting, but hip-shooting product planning chief Bob Lutz’s strategy to further cultivate Holden’s rear-wheel-drive catalog didn’t advance again until the G8 sedan—né Holden Commodore—finally sailed in for the 2008 model year. It was a critical time lapse; by then the U.S. economy was in free fall along with the dollar, making the G8 unprofitable to import, and the new-car market had plunged to its lowest level since 1983. The G8 lived for two model years until GM strangled Pontiac as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.

The division went out swinging with the 2009 415-hp G8 GXP, likely the closest thing we’ll ever see to a four-door Corvette and the most powerful factory Pontiac ever made. The 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 could be paired with a six-speed automatic or, blessedly, a six-speed manual. Despite a curb weight of 4000 pounds, the car was good for 4.7-second holeshots to 60.

Owner Terrence Benton didn’t know any of this until his son, who worked at a Pontiac dealership, called and said, “Dad, you just gotta see this car.” Benton saw it, then ordered this silver automatic, then waited a full year to receive it. He put 60,000 miles on it as his daily driver until his son called again and said, “Dad, you gotta get another daily driver and garage that car.” Benton again followed his son’s advice, parking the GXP under a cover from which it emerges only on nice Sundays—and for Hagerty photo shoots. When asked if his car could be used for burnout shots, Benton said, “Sure, that’s what it’s for.”

2009 PONTIAC G8 GXP
Engine V-8, 6162 cc
Power 415 hp @ 5900 rpm
Torque 415 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
Weight 4000 lb
Power-to-weight 9.6 lb/hp
0–60 4.7 sec
Top speed 146 mph
Price when new $39,900
Hagerty value $40,700–$47,800

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

The last hurrah of the Pontiac brand, the GXP was the only G8 available with a manual trans. Members of the Pontiac fan club are crazy excited about their cars in general, and when the brand was discontinued, they went nuts and became even more enthusiastic. Values are up 10 percent over last year’s. There’s no downside to this car, and it will never get any cheaper.


1994 Buick Roadmaster, photo by DW Burnett
1994 Buick Roadmaster, photo by DW Burnett

1994-1996 Buick Roadmaster

This elephantine throwback to an earlier age of family wagons with wood paneling and rear-facing kid seats seemed archaic on arrival in 1991, when Buick dug deep into its closet to pull out the Roadmaster name after a 33-year absence from the catalog. It and its considerably rarer Oldsmobile doppelgänger, the Custom Cruiser (there was a cheaper Chevy Caprice wagon, too), were nonetheless streamlined for the modern age, riding on GM’s giant B-body platform and basically being a state police cruiser underneath. Luxury touches for the Roadmaster included pillowy leather sofa seating, acres of faux wood filigree, and the mushy DynaRide rear air suspension.

The first “Roadmonsters” wafted their way up the driveways of the best antebellum estates with a 170-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, but the 1994–96 wagons are the ones to go for, having come standard with the 260-hp LT1 V-8 from the Corvette. Sure, the Roadmaster can shroud a whitewall in smoke—just one, because of the open differential—but the last great American road hog is best when it exudes a certain old-fashioned southern charm (hey, they were assembled in Texas) while lazing down the freeway on a wave of whipped buttermilk. Today’s buyers who want size XXL go for pickups and SUVs, which makes the big American car a rapidly disappearing animal. But a Roadmaster Estate looks far more swish than any pickup while swallowing a four-by-eight sheet of plywood through its tailgate, which folds down and also opens to the side. Not to mention it can tow up to 7000 pounds. Take that, crossover lovers!

Owner Jack Thomas’s Roadmaster in Light Driftwood Metallic is proudly unsporty, with doughy tall-sidewall tires that absorb bumps like punches to a fat roll. A retired insurance broker who has driven his Roadmaster daily for years, Thomas’s business card now advertises “used cars, whiskey, land, chicken manure, nails, fly swatters, racing forms, bongos, & oysters.”

Meaning he’s exactly the kind of guy GM had in mind when it built this car.

1994 BUICK ROADMASTER
Engine V-8, 5733 cc
Power 260 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque 335 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm
Weight 4300 lb
Power-to-weight 16.5 lb/hp
0–60 8.1 sec
Top speed 118 mph
Price when new $26,400
Hagerty value $13,300–$18,300

THE HAGERTY VALUATION TEAM SAYS:

Is this the AMC Pacer of the ’90s? The number of insurance quotes we give on this car leads the overall market by 14 points. The quoted values have pretty much bottomed out, which means they are done depreciating. We don’t see them at the auctions yet, but they have a big cult following on social media, and there’s nowhere for Roadmasters to go but up.

[Source: Hagerty]

S7 (05-053) HEADS TO BARRETT-JACKSON, SCOTTSDALE AUCTION

Lot #1415 2005 SALEEN S7 TWIN TURBO

Auction: Scottsdale 2019
Location: SHOWCASE b-1
Reserve: NO RESERVE
Status: Available
Price: Request Bidder Info
Lot: 1415
Year: 2005
Make: SALEEN
Model: S7
Style: WIN TURBO

Description
Lot #1415 – This 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo is one of a very limited number produced. Thanks to the two turbochargers delivering cool air into the mammoth 7.0-liter Ford V8 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo produces 750hp and 700 ft/lbs of torque. Pulling 1.1 Gs in lateral acceleration on a skid pad, the S7 Twin Turbo has achieved some world-class acceleration numbers, reaching 0 to 60 in just 2.8 seconds and 0 to 100 in a mere 5.9 seconds. A standing-start quarter-mile resulted in an elapsed time of 10.5 seconds at 145 mph.

This car was built in February 2005 and delivered in April 2005. This particular car was the very first Saleen S7 Twin Turbo to be shipped by the California company to Europe. The car never even had a Window Sticker, as Saleen hadn’t settled on pricing of its European deliveries when this car was sent overseas. This Saleen S7 Twin Turbo made its public debut at the Top Marks Show in Monaco, where its admirers included Prince Albert of Monaco and actor Roger Moore, who famously portrayed James Bond in numerous films. An Italian company called DR Group then purchased the car, before returning to the United States after Saleen founder Steve Saleen regained control of his company in 2012.

Trimmed out in silver paint over a black multi-toned leather and suede interior, it comes with performance sport seating, a custom-fitted driver’s seat, autoclave carbon-fiber body panels, heat-rejecting tinted glass and an LCD display. This supercar has 240 actual miles on the odometer.

Details
VIN: 1S9SB18175S000053
Exterior Color: SILVER
Interior Color: BLACK
Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 427CI
Transmission: 6-SPEED MANUAL

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SALEEN SSC (89-0025SSC)

With humble beginnings of long ago Saleen Autosport, it is easy to forget how momentous their achievement was with bringing the 1989 SSC to market. This high-performance 5-liter Mustang was a juggernaut of excitement to 1980s performance vehicle communities. Evidence of this can be seen with the many period cover stories, feature articles and road reviews for Saleen’s new SSC Mustang.

89-0025SSC - Brad Bowling
89-0025SSC – Brad Bowling

Beyond the infamous 89-0002 (former 01) SSC and Steve’s personal 89-0001 SSC, there were an exclusive number of privately owned Saleen SSC Mustangs running through reviews of supercharger and nitrous kit installations was well as basic performance data collecting for various enthusiast magazines. The Saleen SSC was a media king for 1989.

Many of these print publications would mention or proclaim how Saleen’s SSC was the “unofficial” 25th anniversary edition Ford Mustang. Given how Ford Motor Company lacked offering a special edition of their own. This “media stir” caused superfluous attention from customers towards SSC serial number 25. A new era of modern collector cars was gaining momentum by the late 80s.

Here we are thirty years later. As expected, a few Saleen SSC editions are no longer accounted for and have positively left the earth. Though, 89-0025 SSC still exists. Perhaps the noise of time diluted their fanfare, but this “Super Saleen” broke the obstacles for a continuing stream of exciting product from an intimate Southern California company. -DB

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1989 Ford Mustang
cylinders: 8 cylinders
fuel: gas
odometer: 18000
paint color: white
title status: clean
transmission: manual

Selling my 1989 Mustang Saleen SSC. This is only 1 in 160 SSCs ever created. This is a early production #25 with only 18k original miles. 5.0 engine and manual transmission are quiet and smooth.

Original paint that still has the pinstripe laser etching. No accidents. Interior is near perfect.

Car is in excellent condition, runs and drives great. Near mint interior. Still has the Saleen installed pioneer radio with eq and speaker box in the backseat.

Well documented as well.

Just ready to move onto something. Asking $35,000. Serious people only.

https://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/cto/6760226177.html