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HOT ROD: A SALEEN MUSTANG COLLECTION TO DIE FOR

A Saleen Mustang Collection to Die For
Power in the Hands of… One?

BY: MARYBETH KICZENSKI on OCTOBER 2, 2019
Original Article: HOTROD.COM

We’ll wager a bet that you’ve heard the name Steve Saleen, and we’ll bet the farm that every Mustang enthusiast knows the name, as the builder of the infamous Saleen Mustangs. Coming from a Formula Atlantic open-wheel racing background, Saleen began turning out modified Fox-body Mustangs in the 1980s, from 1984 to 1993. Roughly 2,700 of the Saleen Mustangs were built during the Fox era, and a bunch more from ’94 to today. The Saleens were among the first “tuner” Mustangs on the market, and with their modified (sometimes Vortech-supercharged) engines and suspensions, they were a bright spot in the often dismal mid-1980s performance scene.

Saleen’s tagline, “Power in the hands of a few,” definitely means a bit more to Scott Warren of Highland Park, Illinois. As an avid Mustang enthusiast, the performance capabilities of the Saleen-modified ones always peaked (piqued) his interest. Scott’s first Mustang was a black-over-grey 1987 GT that would go on to both fuel his addiction to black cars, as well as the quest for a real Saleen.

For Scott, what stood out about the Saleen cars was their track record. Saleen took home the driver, team, and manufacturer’s championships in SCCA Escort Endurance series in both 1987 and Saleen’s winning continued in 1988, including a 1-2-3 in the 24 Hours of Mosport in ’88 with a three-Mustang team, a first for Ford since the GT40 tromping of Ferrari at LeMans in 1966.

Saleen Mustangs are special in that every vehicle is serialized, like Shelbys were and still are. This appealed to Scott, as well. Not only does serializing make each car unique, they also come with a story that can be tracked throughout a car’s history. Scott used this to his advantage in searching out cars from limited-production runs, super high-performance offerings, press cars, test mules, or Saleen’s personal cars—that unique serial number and bumper number tells the story. Scott learned that the cars with low bumper/serial numbers tend to be these special builds or in-house company demos; the ones sold to the public typically begin at number 10 but the numbers also don’t always follow in sequence.

After nearly 20 years from his first encounter with a Saleen Mustang, Scott purchased his first one, a black 1987 convertible. While this car started his journey into actual ownership, it would be the special ones mentioned above that he would ultimately end up with.

While the core of his collection consists of Fox Saleens, his many years of driving and collecting them have led him to appreciate all the body styles. Scott is also an active member of The Saleen Club of America which, as he says, has brought together so many people from across the country who share a passion for Saleen automobiles. Even though the Fox Mustang started it all for Saleen, there are highly desirable variants spanning across various generations of Mustangs, many of which he has in his collection. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

1993 SC #02

Saleen released its first Mustang in 1984 and to celebrate its five-year anniversary in 1989, produced the Saleen SSC, a special edition of 161 Mustangs with specially modified engines that made 292 hp. The ’89 SSC was the first Saleen to receive full EPA certification. These cars proved popular so in 1990-1993 the model was referred to as the Saleen SC, (for Super Car). The production was skipped in ’92. This car, of which only 26 were built, was designed to showcase how far the Fox platform could be pushed while retaining a warranty, something that’s critically important to anyone purchasing a new car. The production numbers of this top of the line Saleen SC can be broken down like this:

SALEEN SC PRODUCTION
1990 13
1991 9
1992 0
1993 4
TOTAL: 26

All of them, except one, sported unique interiors. They were fitted with unique wheels and a larger diameter exhaust. Engine-wise, Saleen fitted them with a Saleen-specific intake and other engine parts. Some received adjustable suspension bits, and some later models were Vortech-supercharged. In 1990, the SC cars were rated at 315 hp, which was a lot of power for the early ’90s. Saleen offered the package for 1992, but there were no takers. For 1993, four cars were ordered. Of these cars, one was a convertible. What makes this batch special is that they came with a 450hp rating. These cars were identical in performance to the SA-10 models except for paint scheme and interior seat stitching. The ’93 SC cars even had the carbon hood originally offered on the SA-10. Scott’s ’93-’02 SC is the lone hatchback produced with this 450hp combination. What does this equate to in performance numbers? Off the showroom floor the car would bolt 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds. Again, for the early ’90s that was fast!

Scott’s 1993 #02SC originally stickered for $39,990 and was used as a daily driver during the first part of its life, where it was traded between collectors. Later it spent several years on display at Performance Autosport in Richmond, VA. Scott was adamant about telling his friend there how much he loved that particular car and this communication proved beneficial when the car came up for sale a few years back. Scott was able to scoop it up with 54,000 original miles.

1993 SA10 #01

The Fox-body Mustang came to an end in 1993 which coincidently was also Saleen’s 10th year of production. To celebrate, the company decided to offer the SA10 model. In order to purchase one of these special edition cars, you had to be a member of the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club. What makes the SA10 models special was that these were the first cars to use sequential serial numbers from Ford. All 10 of the black LX hatchbacks came off the line in order and were shipped to Saleen for the conversion. Exterior wise, the black cars were marked with yellow and white accent decals, a carbon fiber hood, and flat-lipped Stern wheels. Scott notes that these wheels are often copied, and stresses that only 10 or 11 Saleens ever came with them. Interior wise, all but one car received Recaro leather seating. From this point, the customer could pick and choose his/her vehicle’s options from the Saleen Performance Parts catalogue and as such, no two cars are exactly the same. The SA10’s base car, a supercharged Saleen but not an SC, came with 325 hp. Obviously, based on which additional performance goodies were ordered, the car could leave with 450 hp. Less than 10 Fox-body Saleen Mustangs with 450 hp were ever produced—four were the Saleen SC flavor, and the remainder were the SA10 cars.

SA10 #01 was originally built for John McCauley, President of the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club. Like all original purchasers of these special cars, John met with Saleen to discuss the additional details of the build. John enjoyed racing so he wanted this to be a race car. While some collectors would frown upon this decision, others would applaud it—after all, these cars were born from a racing heritage. SA10 #01’s performance story began with a balanced and blueprinted engine fitted with ported cylinder heads. This is the only SA10 with a Saleen-specific intake for more horsepower. From there, a Tremec five-speed and a 3.55 gear with an Auburn differential transferred that horsepower to the ground via heavy duty racing springs and shocks at all four corners. Interior wise, John had the rear seat deleted, and a four-point roll cage installed. A custom Pioneer stereo with a 10-disc changer rounded out the build because, you know, street car! Because of the racing intent for this particular SA10, it would become the most-optioned build, and was built by Joe Gosinski and his team at Saleen. Joe, for those not up to speed on Saleen history, was the man behind the infamous 1994-1999 S-351R but met a tragic end a few years ago—more on that later.

Being the first prototype build, SA10 #01 has a few other details that make it different from the reminder of the SA10s. The graphics are slightly different and the wheels have unique polished center caps. The car also spent time on the show circuit, including being Vortech’s booth car at SEMA. What was the original cost for this special Saleen? MSRP was over $50,000 for this race-ready Fox. Gosinsky would later open Chicane Motorsports in California, A subsequent owner of #01 took the car to Joe’s shop where he refreshed the entire drivetrain and brought the car back to collector-original quality. Scott eventually purchased the car from Mark LaMaskin who owns Performance Autosport in Richmond VA (and helped us with some technical information on this story). The car had been in the Roger Rodas’ collection. Roger was a good friend and client of Mark’s, after Roger’s death Mark helped the family place all of his collectable Mustangs. The SA10s, due to their storied history and performance prowess, firmly place them as one of the most sought-after Fox-body Mustangs. Of the 10 offered, only nine were ultimately built due to a customer backing out on the deal. This car is one of Scott’s most prized possessions, the other being the aforementioned legendary S-351.

The Non-Saleen: 1993 SAAC MKII #01 Convertible

Scott may be a die-hard Saleen owner but that doesn’t limit him from appreciating special cars built by other notable builders. Carroll Shelby, as everyone knows, made history with some of the most incredible Mustangs ever to grace the planet. The SAAC MKI and MK2 cars of the early 1990s have an interesting history due to the fact Shelby was under contract with Chrysler at the time, building the crazy pocket rockets for Dodge. This project was a secret between a few Ford engineers and Shelby, so secret that the first few cars were built in the garage of one of the original people involved in the program. Production was eventually moved to Watson Engineering in MI. Scott’s car was the last one built, and it was assembled at Kar Kraft (home of the Boss 429 Mustangs). The goal was to create a modern day G.T. 350 and they almost pulled it off, but right around the launch of the MK1, Chrysler issued a cease and desist order against Shelby. The cars were quickly rebranded as SAAC (Shelby American Automobile Club) instead of Shelby. Production-wise, 37 white-with-blue-stripes MK1 cars were built. MK2s saw a mix of hatchbacks and convertibles and the colors were expanded to include red and black. Out of the approximate 21 cars made, 12 were convertibles.

The MK cars came with nearly 300 naturally-aspirated horsepower with the GT40 package that consisted of different heads, larger throttle body, and a tubular GT40 intake. The brakes were upgraded to four-wheel discs and three-piece Simmons wheels finished the look. In order to assist with brake cooling, the fog lights were removed in favor of air ducts. Interestingly enough, some believe that without this secret project the 1993 Cobra would have never happened. Ford sold some back-room parts to get the cars built and also used it as the test bed for EPA certification. Also note the lack of fake air scoops that the GT body had.

Scott’s ownership of this car came through an eBay auction—goes to show that sometimes you really can find awesome things on the site. Sitting at around 10,000 original miles, this drop-top Fox is a wonderful example of this complicated three-way relationship that left a sour taste in one manufacturer’s mouth.

1997 S351 #026R

The “R” designation on any Saleen means something special. The S351 series was built from 1994 until 1999, and these legendary cars were the first ones in which Saleen changed out the entire driveline. There were less than 300 produced throughout the entire production run. Some of these cars started out as basic V6s while others were V8s and after Saleen’s swap, power output ranged from 371 hp on the naturally aspirated models to the 505hp fire-breathing supercharged variants. Again, this is the mid- to late-’90s so that kind of power for a car with a warranty was incredible at the time.

Scott acquired S351 #026R after the untimely murder of Chicane Motorsports owner Joe Gosinski in 2010. The car found its way to Joe’s shop with intentions of being turned into a track car. The customer ran out of money, so Joe acquired it as a personal project. A Maximum Motorsports suspension and Global West subframe connectors were installed just prior to Joe’s untimely passing, so when Scott took possession his job was to reassemble and install the original drivetrain and Tremec six-speed. Currently sitting at 15,000 miles, this was one of four cars built with every available option. Those options were the 10-inch rear wheels, 3.55 rear end, two-point chassis brace, and the Recaro leather interior. All S351s received Alcon brakes as a standard feature in 1997. S351 #026R is Scott’s favorite car to drive on the street. He said that the combination of the chassis and suspension work with the sheer power from the supercharged engine make it an absolute beast. Because of his connection with Joe, this car holds a special place in his heart and he never plans on selling it.

1997 S281 Cobra #173

The Supercharged Extreme Rainbow Cobra Speedster Saleen is a mouthful to describe. It is one of 182 cars built on the Cobra chassis and the only convertible ever painted this color—less than 20 Saleens in total were painted this color. Often confused with Ford’s Mystic, this is a completely different color as BASF was a partner of the Saleen/Allen racing team and manufactured the paint for them.

The story of S281C #173 began as a custom build for a customer in Colorado. He insisted on a white top, and the only way to get one was to order a red car, so this car started life as a red cobra convertible. Why is this significant if the car needs to be repainted? Well, Saleen preferred black cars because then they didn’t have to paint the engine bay. A bill for an additional $4,000 for labor was added to the customer’s build in order to remove the drivetrain to paint the engine bay. With an original sticker price of $58,287 and the additional labor costs, plus $4,286 for the supercharger install, this car topped out at $66,573! The original owner supplied a disposable camera to document the build and some photos are said to show the test-fitting of the Vortech supercharger at Saleen’s production facility but Saleen records show that the car was shipped off to a dealer for the supercharger install.

This was another eBay score for Scott. He came across the auction 12 years ago and immediately called the seller to end it. This was his second Saleen and the one he has owned the longest. As it sits today, the car only has about 4,000 miles on it. With the eye-catching paint and unique build details, the car remains one of the most recognizable Saleens out there.

2011 Black Label #01

With all these rare and special Saleen vehicles, what does Scott drive daily? Why a Saleen, of course! True to his collector roots, this also isn’t just “any old Saleen.” The 2011 Black Label (2011-01BL) that serves daily duty started out as a car for Liz and Steve Saleen to use as a commuter for work. At some point, the car was then used as a test mule for what was going to be “George Follmer” editions. A modified engine in addition to suspension tweaks were installed and tested at the track. The car was then shipped to Charlotte to celebrate the Mustang’s 50th anniversary where Steve Saleen gave test rides in the car on the track. Then in 2014, the Black Label body kit was installed and the car was shipped to China as a marketing tool to help launch the brand there. When the Mustang switched body styles in 2015, Saleen sold it to Scott with 26,000 miles on it. Modern Saleens use a “label” to designate the trim levels: White Labels are base models, Black Label is the top trim, and Yellow Label is a White Label with a supercharger. As a true daily driver, Scott has driven this car to over a dozen states and has taken it to two different Saleen Nationals plus Ponies in the Smokies.

There we have it! A somewhat brief history into Saleen as told through the stories of one dedicated owner and his collection of rare and unique Mustangs!

Factoid

In 1985, Steve Saleen’s secretary miscounted the vehicles produced that year, omitting vehicle number 6. Since 1985, Saleen has had the tradition of not issuing the #6 bumper number on any of its vehicles. And now you know.

[Source: Hot Rod Network]

FINAL YEAR 3rd GENERATION MUSTANG (93-0068) OFFERED ON eBay

Price: $35,000.00
VIN: 1FACP41E9PF194647
Vehicle Title: Clear
Year: 1993
Make: Ford
Model: Mustang
Sub Model: Saleen Mustang
Body Type: Hatchback
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine: 5.0L 302 Cu. In. V8
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Grey
Mileage: 56,000
For Sale By: Private Seller
eBay #: 223679491991

93-0068 Saleen Mustang
93-0068 Saleen Mustang

Here’s your chance to get into a piece of fox body history. I have officially put 93-0068 up for sale on the open market.

This is a rare last year fox body Saleen. Currently probably one of the only ’93 Saleen Mustangs out there that would be considered a LEGIT driver that you can actually drive and enjoy. Most 93’s are super low mile cars that don’t see much street use, if any at all. This is not a car that needs to be stored away and forgotten about. Drive it like it was made to be!!!

Mechanically it’s perfect! No Noise smooth engine and perfect idle/drivability. I would drive this car across the country with any worries.

  • 1993 Mustang Saleen #68
  • 56k org documented miles

This is actually a pretty rare unique car. It’s a 1 of 1 , they made a total of 21 black hatch’s that year, it is the lone black hatchback produced in ’93 that was considered a non-option car, naturally aspirated with black Recaro seats and gray guts interior with 3:55:1 rear. It has been verified through Saleen.

93-0068 Saleen Mustang
93-0068 Saleen Mustang
  • Clean title , spotless history This is a all numbers matching car. No accident history ,all original body /ground effects etc.
  • Undercarriage is very clean, zero rust, engine bay is extremely clean strut towers are perfect!
  • All glass in the car is original to the car quarter glass windows all moldings are original to the car as well.
  • Interior is 100% factory original to the car.
  • The black cloth Recaros are in excellent condition.
  • Original R12 AC ice cold / hot heat.
  • Car still sits on its original one piece Stern wheels.
  • Car still has its factory Saleen/Hurst shifter.
  • Car still has its original Racecraft suspension intact and also still sports its rear quad shocks!

Car still has its factory pioneer with equalizer radio intact with a dealer installed 12 disc CD changer that was added practically from new. It is located in the rear hatch mounted on the driver side.

Little history on the car: I have personally owned this car for three years. I bought the car from the original owner. Car came from Texas. I have full documentation and paperwork on this car practically from new.

I also have full documentation on this car from when I took possession and what I personally went through with this car in my three-year ownership. The original paint had some faded spots throughout the car.

Under my ownership I decided to make a decision to have the car taken apart and repainted back to the factory original color. Stage 2 basecoat clearcoat was used on the car. My overall plan was to bring this car back to its original glory day and that’s what I did hence A couple minor upgrades that were at my personal discretion.

  • This Saleen sports a full $1,200.00 2.5 inch stainless Bassani exhaust from the headers to x-pipe.
  • The cat-back consist of 2.5 inch stainless steel spin tech exhaust.
  • The original alternator was replaced with an upgraded 4G 130 amp.
  • The original starter was upgraded with a high torque mini starter.
  • The original motor mounts were upgraded with energy suspension polyurethane mounts.
  • The car currently does not have any smog equipment on it that was deleted off.
  • I have all the original parts that came off the car less the cat back everything will be given to the new owner.

With that being said if you are looking for a museum quality 1993 Saleen that will sit in the garage that you cannot drive on the street and collect dust this is not the car for you. This is a excellent example of a rare 93 legit driver that can be bought to be driven and enjoyed because that’s what it is all about to me!!!

I am probably one of the most honest easy non-hassle seller that you’ll ever deal with. I have sold multiple multiple higher dollar foxes on these forums to many different individuals that I still keep in contact with that would stand behind my back 100% and I can provide contact information for your well-being.

I am looking for serious 100% legit buyers. That have funds available that are ready to buy. Please do not waste my time as I would not disrespect you and waste yours as well.

For further information and to discuss details in more depth seriousness please feel free to contact me. I may be reached at 609-350-3378.

I also have more pictures and videos that will be provided to serious buyers!

Thank you!!!

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FOUND: 93-0019 SUPERCHARGED

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 seven black exterior / black interior, 5-speed manual, supercharged hatchbacks produced for the year. One of four with optional 3.55:1 gearing and one of two with Saleen leather Recaro interior. These colors and options make 93-0019 the twin car to 93-0050 which was found hiding in Texas during 2015.

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HEMMINGS MUSCLE MACHINES: 1993 SALEEN RRR ‘CASPER’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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1993 MUSTANG GX BY BLEAKLEY FORD

By: BOSSHORSEPOWER.COM on September 26, 2013
Original Article: BOSSHORSEPOWER.COM

Here is a shining example of a Fox Body car from our BOSSHORSEPOWER.COM classic Ford Mustang Muscle Cars Collection.

Take your time and view this example of a timeless vehicle that makes you feel “Born to be Wild”. Feel free to email us at INFO@BOSSHORSEPOWER.COM for additional pictures or questions about this car. Life is a journey, so enjoy what you drive!

1993 MUSTANG GX 01. Fox Body fans pay attention here! This is an all original dealer prepared car. Built by John Bleakley Ford in Lithia Springs Georgia and completely prepared to be a Saleen killer. This is number one of four uniquely serialized 1993 Mustang GX cars built before Ford asked them to cease production.

I went into the dealership and drove one of the new 1993 Cobra Mustangs and was left with a feeling of disappointment over all of the hype. The Cobra Mustang felt very under-powered and gave me no inspiration for the purchase. The salesman then talked me into a test drive of their GX beast and I had to have it. Feels like the power of an old school big block drag car!

1993 MUSTANG GX BY BLEAKLEY FORD
1993 MUSTANG GX BY BLEAKLEY FORD

This Mustang GX model is adorned in a rare and unique reef blue color that was a special order option and was assigned with Ford limited edition serialization. It has a host of Ford SVO Motorsport off road racing components such as K302 big valve aluminum high flow and o-ringed heads, B303 roller cam, SVO roller rockers, SVO HD pushrods, GT40 intake, 30 pound injectors, 190 lph fuel pump, SVO 65mm throttle body, Pro-M 77mm mass airflow meter, heavy duty radiator, engine oil cooler, long tube headers, and Paxton supercharger with fluid cooler.

A full competition suspension upgrade that includes Racecraft Saleen edition springs, Racecraft subframe connectors, Racecraft upper and lower chassis braces, Racecraft interior roll cage, Koni gas adjust shocks, struts,and horizontal dampers. Hurst short throw shifter, Motorsports Cobra clutch, Motorsport aluminum driveshaft, Global West Traclink and tubular lower control arms, 3:55 Traction Loc differential, and SVO Motorsports 4 wheel disc brakes round out the handling and help plant the power.

Saleen Autosports aerodynamic body kit including competition design wing, front air dam, rear valence, side skirts, and NASA air induction hood provide the race inspired looks.

All of these modifications were done by the dealer and sold through Ford Financing as a new car with factory warranties. Over $10k in upgrades were added to the original sticker price of the car before final delivery. Has well over 450 horses and handling to boot. The 1993 Mustang GX, what a ride! This car is in show room new condition and has only 8k original miles, all original paperwork, widow sticker, and one original owner.

​Never raced or abused. $65,000.00

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[Source: BossHorsepower.com]