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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.


Do you have photos from “back in the day” of your muscle car(s) and an interesting story to write? It’s high school English class assignment time: Submit your images, memories and contact information to Muscle Car Scrapbook, c/o Hemmings Muscle Machines, attention: Terry McGean, P.O. Box 2000, Bennington, Vermont 05201, or email tmcgean@hemmings.com.

[Source: Hemmings Muscle Machines]

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

‘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

LOW MILEAGE S351 R-CODE (95-0121) HITS eBay

Price: $49,500.00
VIN: 1FALP42T4SF278543
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1995
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen S351R
Engine: 351ci Supercharged
Transmission: Manual
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 1,641
Body Type: Coupe
Exterior Color: Laser Red
Interior Color: Black
For Sale By: Classic Car Investments, LLC
eBay #: 283232103626

1995 Mustang Saleen S-351 R-Code Supercharged Coupe – Only 1,600 Original Miles!

Highlights:
1995 Mustang Saleen S-351 R-Code Supercharged Coupe
Showroom New
Only 1,600 Original Miles
Absolutely Stunning Car
All Original Car
351ci 480hp V8 Built By Saleen w/Vortech Supercharger
Stunning Laser Red Color
All Original Black Cloth w/Factory Saleen/Recaro Seats
Just Completely Serviced From Front to Back
#121 of 126 Saleens Built in 1995
One of the most collectable Saleens ever Built!
One of the Finest & Lowest Miles S351’s Around
All Original Paperwork
Ultra High Collectability
Perfect Clean Car Fax
Runs & Drives Like New!

Overview:
Here is an absolutely stunning 1995 Mustang Saleen S351 R Code Supercharged Coupe in basically brand new condition inside and out. This car is completely all original and untouched with only 1,600 original miles on it. It is one of the finest, untouched, original ’95 S351s on the planet. It has been in the hands of only two collectors since new, where it was always bought to be a future collectors item. The car was put in the garage under a car cover, driven sparingly, never modified or hot rodded in any way. It even has floor mats over the factory Saleen floor mats to protect them. This is number 121 of only 126 Saleens built in 1995 which makes it ultra rare. I was told this was the last S351 Coupe built and one of only a few Laser red ones built, but you would have to verify that. The ’95 S351 was one of the most desired, talked about and most sought after Mustang Saleens ever built. This was the original beast that put Saleen on the map. This is a high desirable collectors item that will only rise in value, kept in this stunning condition. As most have been driven, wrecked or modified, this is one of the last true virgins in existence. The S351 came both naturally aspirated and supercharged and this is the factory supercharged one bumping the horsepower from 371hp to an astonishing 480hp. This car was one of the fastest production cars of the 1990’s even topping the viper in 1995. Motor trend called this car the thundering, plundering, viper-eating monstrosity!

This Saleen has most all its original paperwork, which includes its original window sticker, Saleen aftermarket docs and owners manuals. It has perfect, clean Carfax showing its flawless history. It was completely checked out and serviced from front to back. It is a completely all original car, even sitting on its original tires. This is a must have for any Mustang, Ford, Saleen or general car collector. This car is better then money in the bank and is a pleasure to look at in the garage. Don’t wait on this one, as it will not last long at all!!

Options/Equipment:
* 351ci 495hp 490ft lbs V8 Engine Built by Saleen
* Saleen/Vortech Supercharger
* Tremec 5-Speed Transmission
* Saleen/Alcon 4 Piston Caliper Brakes
* Saleen Tuned Suspension
* Saleen Rear Spoiler
* Saleen Center Gauge Pod
* Saleen 200 mph Speedo
* Saleen Factory Roll Bar
* Saleen/Borla Exhaust
* Saleen/Speedline Wheels
* Cloth Saleen/Recaro Seats
* Power Steering
* Power Brakes
* Power Windows
* Power Locks
* Keyless Entry
* Factory Cassette Sound System
* Etc…

Exterior:
This Saleen shows like a brand new car siting on the showroom floor and is absolutely stunning. It does not have, one flaw on it. The paint shines like new and car has always been garage kept, under a car cover. The original wheels are flawless and it is sitting on its original tires. You will not find a nicer one!!

Interior:
The stunning all original black cloth Recaro seat interior is perfect. It still smells like a new car inside. The original Saleen floor mats are even covered by another set of floor mats. It has its original numbered plaque on the dash still. Everything works in the car, even the air conditioning blows ice cold!

Mechanically:
The car runs and drives like a new car, which it basically is. It is 100% completely stock, mean it is exactly like it came out of the factory from Saleen. It even has its original Saleen spark plug wires on the car still. Under the hood absolutely mint and clean as the outside. This car is extremely fast and a blast to drive!!

Contact Us:
If you have any additional questions please call us at 480-281-2059 or call our sales manager Jimmy directly at 608-215-8300. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements. I also welcome all International buyers. The car is located in beautiful sunny Scottsdale, AZ.

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.

VIDEO: WALK AROUND A LOW MILEAGE SALEEN SSC (89-0168)

From our friends at Berman Nissan of Chicago.


Lot F71 // Chicago 2018 // Oct 25-27

1989 Ford Mustang Saleen
5-Speed, 1 of 161 Produced

Don’t see the need to give a description of this particular Saleen, as its pretty legendary, so I would suggest looking up Saleen SSC if your not familiar. Some of the key points are:

* 1 of 161
* Rear seat delete from Saleen Autosport
* Delete package houses sound system (original)
* Roll bar set up factory original from Saleen Autosport
* Leather wrapped Saleen/FloFit seats in two tone original material (excellent shape)
* 4 wheel disc brake conversion
* Signed by Steve Saleen himself, who was blown away with the cars condition especially the seats as most SSC’s have leather which is worn and faded this car’s interior is new
* Monroe adjustable suspension
* Saleen modified 5.0 (first time Saleen was able to modify a motor and keep the warranty from Ford) 292 HP, normal 5.0’s had 225 HP

Original DP5 wheels in perfect shape with original General VP2000 tires in great shape go with sale along with 17″ Saleen/ Speedline 5 stars currently on the vehicle (DP’s too valuable and impossible to replace reason for additional wheels on the car as it sits).

Car is 100% original and as it left the Saleen factory in 1989 this car is a jaw dropper. If you want the very best and one of the rarest Fox Body’s ever made then this is the car for you and I am sure your aware that SSC’s like this never come up for sale.

Everything works, no leaks, no issues, no stories, and just an amazing vehicle which will surely increase in value as Fox bodies have been sky rocketing as of recent

Car is number 168 as Saleen randomly numbered SSC’s as one might think they would be numbered 1 through 161 but they were not.

https://www.mecum.com

[Source: Berman Nissan of Chicago]

1989 HATCHBACK (89-0526) LANDS ON eBay

Price: BID
VIN: 1FABP41E5KF227552
Condition: Used
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1989
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Trim: Saleen
Engine: 5.0L 302 CID
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Type: RWD
Mileage: 26,456
Body Type: Hatchback
Exterior Color: White
Interior Color: Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 283175944507

89-0526 on eBay
89-0526 on eBay

This is Saleen # 89-0526 with just a little over 26K miles. It is 1 of 1 built with white exterior/grey interior, factory sunroof, 327 geared, white wheels and automatic transmission. Out of the 734 Saleens produced in 1989 only 10 cars were built with the automatic transmission making this pretty rare.

The paint is all original except for the rear hatch and the aftermarket hood. The front spoiler does have a little road rash at the bottom. The paint overall is in great condition. The carpet, seats, door panels and rear hatch are very clean and show no signs of wear. The Saleen console I.D. plate is missing and the Saleen badge is not installed but is included in the sale.

Power windows, locks, mirrors and factory Saleen radio all works. The engine has been modified with Holley heads and intake. The cam is E303 from Ford performance. The car also has a fresh tune up including plugs, wires and Ford cap and rotor. The cold air and 70mm throttle body are from BBK. The shorty style headers are from Ford Performance. The H-pipe is from BBK and the cat back is from Flowmaster and is a 2 1/2″ stainless steel system with 0 miles.

The transmission is stock with a B&M shifter. The stock shifter is included with the sale of the car. The brakes front and rear including the rear end were all removed cleaned, blasted, primed, painted and detailed and reinstalled. The struts and shocks were replaced at that time and have 0 miles.

The original parts included with the sale are the following. Stock E7 heads, stock upper and lower intakes, stock T/B, mass air, air box, tubes, stock headers, shifter and the hood.

This vehicle is being sold as is and without warranty of any kind. I do not need help selling this vehicle so please don’t ask. No Trades. The shipping is the responsibly of the buyer. Payment is due 24 hours after auction end. If you have any questions please contact me at espe3p@aol.com or 301-523-4408. Thanks

FIRST YEAR S351 (94-0014) OFFERED FOR SALE

The wild and crazy Saleen S351 Mustang. With all of the press and excitement during the 1994 model year that surrounded this new model from Saleen Performance, few realized the 351 powered SN-95 Mustang from Saleen was a slow start to reality.

For the 1994 model year Saleen produced 46 S351 Mustangs; 44 were “normal” S351 models while 2 were SR editions. Of the 44 non-SR models, 32 were produced on the coupe body style. Of those 32, 9 were painted in Black exterior paint. If we examine those 9 vehicles, 7 featured Black interior plastics from Ford. Of those 7, 5 were not equipped with the optional supercharger package. Of those 5 vehicles, 4 had the standard cloth Saleen/Recaro seating. Of these 4, 1 had the optional Saleen 2-Point Roll Bar. 94-0014 is that car.

If we view 1994 S351 production in detail, it appears 94-0014 was the first Black painted coupe produced by Saleen Performance; two Black convertibles were produced before 94-0014. It also appears 94-0014 may have been the eighth 1994 serialized production car produced by Saleen Performance.

While viewing 94-0014 in its current state, we notice the front bumper cover serial number decals are an incorrect typeface and the silver side chevrons are not the “reverse fade” version commonly seen on 1994-95 Saleen Mustangs. We suspect previous paintwork. One cool early production element are the pre-machine gun exhaust pipes with Fox-era Saleen SC tail extensions. -DB


Price: $29,995.00 (SOLD: $26,100.00)
Color: Black
Interior: Cloth
Drive Train: RWD
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Vin: 1FALP4042RF150307
Engine: 5.8L 351cu.in. V8
Mileage: 23,876
Stock #: 18C038
garyenckscarstore.com

5.8L V8, 370hp, 5-Spd Manual, From A Private Collection, 23,876 Miles, #14 Of Production Year, Absolutely Pristine! Displayed By FoMoCo @ 100th Anniversary Celebration, Saleen Body Skirt, Front & Rear Facia, High Flow Performance Exhaust

All Trades/Offers Considered
Contact Gary @ 607-434-CARS (2277) For More Information

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Since 1983 Gary Enck’s Car Store, Inc. has been supplying the area with high quality vehicles.View This and all Our Other Top Quality Vehicles at www.garyenckscarstore.com

Visit Gary Enck’s Car Store Inc. online at garyenckscarstore.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 607-432-2277 today to schedule your test drive.

[Source: Gary Enck’s Car Store, Inc.]

ORIGINAL SALEEN/ALLEN SPEEDLAB TEAM GEAR & ARTIFACTS TO HIT eBAY

Saleen / Allen Speedlab eBay auction
Saleen / Allen Speedlab eBay auction

Our friend Marni Nagy (Johnson) is offering a rare collection of original gear from the Saleen/Allen Speedlab race team. Most items are from the 1995-2000 era of Saleen competition history.

Items include: Hoods, Doors, Drivers Suits, Crew Suits, Crew Shirts (new and used), Hats and MORE!!!

All artifacts will be offered through the eBay auction website. Each item will feature “Saleen Speedlab” in their description. Sales will begin September 7, 2018.

Through a special agreement, Steve Saleen agreed to autograph all auction items after sale. In addition, for a limited time there will be free California delivery to winning bidders attending the Annual Saleen Open House & Car Show in Corona.

To see these teriffic items visit: sun.burn on eBay.

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