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


R3 Motorsports
Published on Sep 2, 2019
Join the only professional “Arrive and Drive” series in North America by a manufacturer.


-Advanced Light Weight Aluminum/4130 Chromoly
-Composite Bodywork (Carbon Fire)
-Saleen 4 Cyclinder in line, 2.2 Liter Turbo Engine, 450 HP
-6 Speed Sequential Transmission with Paddle Shifter
-Adjustable Racing Suspention
-Racing Breaks: FRONT 15″,, 6 Pistons, REAR 14″, 4 Pistons
-Continental Racing Tires
-Competition AERO package designed by CFD and wind tunnel tested.
-Choice of Iconic graphics
-All FIA standard safety equipment.

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[Source: R3 Motorsports]


1998 Saleen Explorer
Condition: excellent
Cylinders: 8 cylinders
delivery available
Drive: 4wd
Fuel: gas
Odometer: 22000
Paint color: custom
Size: mid-size
Title status: clean
Transmission: automatic
Type: SUV

1998 Saleen Explorer 22k miles
Garage kept excellent condition

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[Source: Craigslist]


Black Magic

The Busy Life for an 2018 S302 Mustang


2018 Saleen S302 Black Label
2018 Saleen S302 Black Label

Saleen vehicles that were tagged for “corporate use” are an interesting sort. Executive demos, media loaners and development mules can all fall under this purpose. For the 2018 model year, Saleen serial 18-0001BL is believed to have been the first Saleen Mustang to debut the new mid-cycle refresh Black Label exterior styling kit. A necessity after Ford Motor Company did a minor exterior update to their S550 Mustang for 2018. This change prompted Saleen Automotive to retool their aerodynamic package.

After a successful assessment and implementation of exterior updates, 18-0001 would then develop and preview the 2019 SA35 “Anniversary Package.” Unveiling a new exterior and interior appearance during September 2018. Shortly thereafter this unique Mustang was pressed into show and exhibition duty across the country to help celebrate 35-years of the Saleen brand. -DB

2018 Ford Mustang Saleen S302 Black Label


VIN: 1FA6P8CF3J5123063
Stock #: 281939

Body Style: 2D Coupe
Ext. Color / Int. Color: Shadow Black / Ebony
Engine: 8 Cyl – 5 L
Transmission / Drive Type: 6-Speed Manual / RWD

Vehicle Description
All vehicles are one of each. A dealer documentary service fee of up to $150 may be added to the sale price or capitalized cost. All financing is subject to credit approval. Prices exclude tax, title, and license and are valid for Washington residents only. DEALER DISCOUNT(S) include a $1,500 financing discount (must finance through one of our 4 preferred lenders) and a $1500 Trade in discount (must trade in a 2008 or newer vehicle). All transactions are negotiable including price, trade allowance, interest rate (of which the dealer may retain a portion), term, and documentary service fee. Any agreement is subject to execution of contract documents. Every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this data. Please verify any information in question with a dealership sales representative. **FACTORY REBATE(S) Purchaser may not qualify for all rebates. Please contact sales department for details.

Selling Price: $99,909.00

Harris Ford
20006 64th Ave West
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Sales: 877-409-0769
Service: 877-409-0824

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[Source: Etc]


Model year 1993 marked the end of third-generation Ford Mustang production. An end to this familiar, boxy-shaped product with clear 1970s & 1980s design and engineering influences visible throughout. With a final year popularity surge, Ford Motor Company produced a total of 114,228 Mustang for 1993. Rough estimates claim that almost 50,000 of these swansong 1993 units were powered by the popular 5-Liter High-Output small block.

At Saleen Performance in Long Beach, California, their 1993 catalog of production models would see numerous updates and advancements continued from the previous year. 1993 is a best-of-the-best of ‘90s application and execution learned by Saleen for these final-run vehicles.

Produced after the New Year of ’93 and shipped to Danielson Ford in Connecticut on the 15th of January, 93-0019 is one of thirteen black exterior / black interior, 5-speed manual, hatchbacks produced for the year. One of eight with optional 3.55:1 gearing and one of four with Saleen leather Recaro interior.

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RARE 1988 COUPE (88-0508) LANDS ON eBay

Price: $15,000.00
VIN: 1FABP40E6JF253562
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1988
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen
Body Type: Coupe
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine: 5.0L 302 Cu. In. V8
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Tan
Mileage: 64,778
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 303204494437

88-0508 Saleen Mustang
88-0508 Saleen Mustang

Clean Saleen. Single owner west coast car. It has only 47,000 miles on it. Starts right up and ready to drive. Always garaged. We have the original wheels as well.


Video: SOEC Staff

Early June signals the start of car show season for Ford fans living within the Northeast and Great Lakes region of the United States. The Carlisle Ford Nationals, presented annually at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in central Pennsylvania, had a record-setting 3,196 show vehicles in attendance for this east coast FoMoCo celebration.

An unofficial estimate of 54 Saleen-manufactured vehicles were proudly on display to exhibit Power In The Hands of a Few to all participants and admirers. Our collection of Saleen vehicles for Saturdays Fun Field Car Show ranged from those increasingly popular “four-eyed” 1985-86 editions to the latest 2019 SA-35 as well as rare XP Explorers and a S121 Focus.

With such a fruitful bounty of show cars, here were a few Saleen vehicles of note that we spied over the weekend:

  • The rarely seen California GT. These dealer “zone specials,” without Saleen serialization, are mythical and historical creatures.

  • Two Saleen SC editions, one from 1991 and the other from 1993; both vehicles respectfully represent a high-water mark for Fox generation Saleen Mustangs.

  • A lone SN95 Saleen S351. If the early ‘90s SC were a high-water mark, then the S351 was a multidimensional rocketship towards an innovative new era.

  • New S550 Saleen Mustangs, as the current generation S302 continues to roll through assembly for nationwide distribution, we see abundant opportunities for growth.

Gratitude and appreciation to all participants, enthusiasts and owners that makes this event so exceptional. Until next year!

Video: SOEC Staff

2019 Carlisle Ford Nationals award winners

R148 – 1984 – 1993 SALEEN MUSTANG
384 – Frank Lomardi — 1989 Saleen Mustang — FIRST PLACE
385 – Karl LaFrance — 1993 Saleen Mustang — SECOND PLACE
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Ken Appell Carlisle Ford Nationals — *SPECIAL AWARD*
386 – Matthew Baucke — 1989 Saleen Mustang — THIRD PLACE
387 – Michael Kaleda — 1991 Saleen Mustang
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Lance Miller Carlisle Ford Nationals — *SPECIAL AWARD*
388 – Peter Filippatos — 1988 Saleen Mustang
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Sean Saleen Saleen Automotive — *SPECIAL AWARD*

R147 – 1994 – 2004 SALEEN MUSTANG
381 – Nick Yelovich — 2001 Saleen Mustang — FIRST PLACE
382 – Roseann Debella — 2002 Saleen Mustang — SECOND PLACE
383 – Shaun Nye 2000 — Saleen Mustang — THIRD PLACE

R153 – 2005 – 2014 SALEEN MUSTANG
401 – Reginald Singleton — 2008 Saleen Mustang — FIRST PLACE
402 – Tom Cesare — 2006 Saleen Mustang — SECOND PLACE
403 – Theodore Falk — 2011 Saleen Mustang — THIRD PLACE
404 – Brandley Spotts — 2008 Saleen Mustang
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Fran Cosentino Branded Club — *SPECIAL AWARD*

405 – Justin & Belinda Warren — 2017 Saleen Mustang — FIRST PLACE
406 – Kenneth Bailey — 2016 Saleen Mustang — SECOND PLACE
407 – Reginald Singleton — 2015 Saleen Mustang — THIRD PLACE

408 – Matt Trebuchon — 2014 Ford Expedition — FIRST PLACE
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By Mike Rey MOCSEM, Saleen Automotive — *SPECIAL AWARD*
409 – Ronald Belch — 2001 Saleen Explorer — SECOND PLACE
410 – Steven Wolfe — 2004 Saleen Focus — THIRD PLACE

B328 2005 – 2007 FOCUS HATCHBACK (Non SVT)
83 – Cody Clinton — 2005 Saleen S121 — FIRST PLACE

47 – Lisa & Brian Sams — 1991 Ford Mustang LX SSP — *SPECIAL AWARD*
* Celebrity Pick Chosen By: David Bruno, Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club

Award winning Lisa & Brian Sams 1991 Ford Mustang SSP
Award winning Lisa & Brian Sams 1991 Ford Mustang SSP

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By: JOHN DAGYS on June 6, 2019
Original Article: SPORTSCAR365.COM

Single-make Saleen series delayed due to production holdups in S1 Cup cars…

2019 Saleen 1 Cup car. Photo: John Dagys
2019 Saleen 1 Cup car. Photo: John Dagys

The launch of the Saleen Cup has been delayed, with the single-make series, scheduled to debut this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, having been pushed back to next month.

Delays in the production of the Saleen S1 Cup cars, due to “unanticipated delays” of the import of parts, has been cited by the American automaker, which has a manufacturing plant in China and joint venture with Jiangsu Secco Automobile Technology Corporation.

The arrive-and-drive series was due to feature a grid of 20 Saleen S1s this weekend, in support of the SRO Motorsports America event at the Californian circuit.

“The Saleen Cup cars require specialty components that are sourced globally, and unanticipated delays importing and clearing these parts through customs have significantly delayed production,” a statement from the manufacturer read.

The series’ launch has now been slated for the next SRO America weekend at Portland International Raceway on July 13-14, with additional events at Watkins Glen International, Road America and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It is due to feature two 50-minute races on each weekend, with single or two-driver lineups and a mandatory pit stop.

Saleen will still have a presence at Sonoma, with a “race ready” version of the Saleen S1 set to complete hot laps, with the manufacturer hosting a hospitality area.

No word has been given if the delays could impact Saleen’s planned GT4 car for 2020.

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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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide.

[Source: sportscar 365]


Nearly Two Decades Later
The Saleen S7R Is Still A Paragon Of A Big Displacement Race Car

Original Article: PETROLICIOUS.COM

What constitutes historic and classic racing is likely to be an ever-evolving discussion, as the years roll on and cars that don’t seem to be that far on the fringes of history begin to turn up to classic race meetings while others slowly fade away.

New historic divisions for cars that are often less than twenty years old—love them or loath them—do turn out some fabulous racing, and grids populated by cars you might have forgotten about in the last two decades. Cars such as the seldom-seen Saleen S7, of which there were two present at the recent Spa Classic in their motorsport “S7R” trim, which some may remember competing in various top-level GT championships at the turn of the millennium.

Petrolicious, Saleen S7R
Petrolicious, Saleen S7R

The hand-built road-going version debuted in 2000 and produced roughly 550hp from its naturally-aspirated 7.0L V8, but gained most of its notoriety from the fact that it was a rare breed in general: a mid-engine production supercar made in America. The brainchild of Steve Saleen, who up until this point had been mostly involved with building hot Mustangs, the car was also developed in the skilled hands of Ray Mallock LTD, the famous Britain-based motorsport and engineering company. Indeed, it was RML that assembled the racing versions of the S7, and the first S7R finished late in 2000 was immediately shipped stateside to compete in that year’s American Le Mans event at Laguna Seca, where it finished in 26th place.

Saleen always quoted the S7R as being not very far removed from the road-going car, seeing as it was indeed built on the same space frame, steel-tubed chassis, with bolt fasten sub-assemblies, used the same suspension design, and even the same brakes—albeit without the ABS that was fitted to the production versions.

Petrolicious, Saleen S7R
Petrolicious, Saleen S7R

Of course, the Ford Windsor-derived engine is in a higher state of tune in the S7R, and the gearbox features straight cut gears that produce that familiar whine. And on the subject of noise, this is a machine that sounds just plain terrifying, as V8 racing cars ought to. Fired up inside its pit box, warmed up with short stabs of the throttle, the barks from the back end are felt in your guts; hands cover ears in quick panic around me as the unrestrained V8 is brought to operating temperature.

Petrolicious, Saleen S7R
Petrolicious, Saleen S7R

On the track and on song, it’s much the same story, as the pistons spin up to the 7000rpm redline and the six-speed ‘box finds another gear to repeat the tremendous ascension of noise all over again. Although this car isn’t really old in the grand scheme of things, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic, there’s just something about the noise of a screaming racing car with hundreds of horsepower and three pedals. But while the car is going around quite well around Spa, was it actually any good during its contemporary competition years?

Well the answer to that is yes, actually. It may not have quite had the same impact as the Vipers and ‘Vettes, it did enjoy a successful racing career during a hotly contested period of GT competition. A class victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in its infancy stated its intentions and proved its competency, as well as a European Le Mans class championship win and a class podium at Le Mans itself in the same year, 2001. Further successes followed, with wins around the globe and championships earned in both British and Spanish series.

Petrolicious, Saleen S7R
Petrolicious, Saleen S7R

The #163 car pictured in this article is chassis S7-03-029R, which competed in the 2004 ALMS championship under the ACEMCO banner, driven at that time by Johnny Mowlem and Terry Borcheller, although David Brabham did have one drive early in the season. The team finished 2nd in class that year, behind the better-funded Corvette factory outfits campaigning the C5-R, and this was to be an indicator of how the Saleen racing story would reach its conclusion. Financial troubles started to hit the teams running the S7R’s in various series, and as such, starting in 2005, Saleen began to downsize its racing efforts to focus on a few specific championships. The car pictured wearing the #66 was ACEMCO’s example of doing just that, as it focused solely on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2006, where the car managed an overall finish of 11th.

By the end of 2007 the teams involved in running the S7Rs had either folded or moved on to other platforms (it was getting quite long in the tooth after seven years), and despite one last hurrah in 2010 when an S7R took the LMPGT1 class win at that the great 24-hour race. It showed what might have been had the racing efforts been better funded, but also showed just what a capable racing machine the S7R continued to be despite its age. Thankfully, this wonderfully mean machine now has a series to compete in once again in the newly-reformed Endurance Racing Legends Championship, and we can once more revel in its presence.

Petrolicious, Saleen S7R
Petrolicious, Saleen S7R

[Source: Petrolicious]