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GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORTS: CLASSIC COOL | SALEEN MUSTANG

Classic Cool
The Saleen Mustang

By: DAVID S. WALLENS on May 28, 2019
Original Article: GRASSROOTSMOTORSPORTS.COM

Time for a little history lesson. Don’t worry, the test will be open book. Back in the `60s, retired racer Carroll Shelby added enough spice to the then-new Mustang to turn it from hot to hotter. Today a legit one is a six-figure proposition–or more, as a one-of-one, GT40-powered Shelby GT500 Super Snake just sold for $2.2 million.

Now let’s jump forward. Steve Saleen, also a driver, followed a similar recipe and likewise offered his own hotted-up Mustangs through select Ford dealerships. The Saleen Mustang debuted for 1984, with the big performance upgrade being its Racecraft suspension: stiffer springs, Bilstein dampers, Goodyear Eagle GT tires and Hayashi alloy wheels.

The Saleen package also included some visual flair, like an `80s-appropriate aero kit; a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; and, of course, the requisite badges. Also standard: an Escort radar detector. In 1984 the Saleen package retailed for $4195 and could only be added to a Mustang L or LX coupe fitted with the 5.0-liter engine. Figure about $7100 for the Mustang itself.

Saleen offered modified Mustangs throughout the entire Fox-body run–and continues to reworks Ford’s latest. The firm tweaked the formula during the Fox-body years expanding to include upgrades like five-lug hubs, Hurst shifters and straight-through exhausts. Convertible and T-top cars were eventually put under the knife as well.

The firm offered more horsepower, too. The 1989 Saleen SSC celebrated the Mustang’s 25th birthday by adding a built engine, while a Vortech supercharger became optional for 1992, the year before the end of the Fox-body run.

Here’s the take-home message regarding these Fox-body Saleens: While the aftermarket has always offered the same upgrades, these cars have legit collector appeal. Those six-figure Shelbys? At one time they were just inexpensive used cars.

WHY YOU WANT ONE

• In a sea of Mustangs, here are the ones that stand out. Those now-iconic rocker panel stripes plus the Saleen windshield banner came standard.

• These were the days of a 55 mph national speed limit and 85 mph speedometers. A 170 mph clock was part of the original recipe.

• Saleen built as many as a few hundred Fox-body cars per year, so while rare, they’re not impossible to find. Complete year-by-year specs can be found on the Saleen Club of America website.

• The holy grail of Fox-body Saleens is the 1993 SA10. Only nine were built, each one to order. They all look the same, though: black hatchbacks sporting yellow and white graphics.

• A little birdy recently hinted that collector insurance quotes for Fox-body Mustangs are on the rise, so if you’d like to get ahead of the curve, this may be your chance.

PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

Our expert:
Mark LaMaskin

Performance Autosport, Inc.
performanceautosport.com
(804) 358-2505

They’re the `57 Chevy of our generation. I think it’s the time to buy Saleens and put them away. It’s a huge in-the-future collectible.

Stay away from modified cars. You don’t know who built it. Even a modified 5.0-liter Mustang isn’t that fast.

Buy the most expensive and nicest car that you can afford. You’ll never get ahead of the game by buying a restoration project.

The most prevalent years are 1987–`89.

Those were the largest production years. You can buy a really nice car for between 15 and 20 grand. The really, really nice cars are 25 grand and up.

You can’t get into a decent SSC for less than $25,000. They’re usually in the $40,000 range. Saleen made 17 supercharged hatchbacks in 1993. Those cars are $60,000 and up.

There’s a registry with all of the serial numbers. People can call Performance Autosport to authenticate every car.

Some of the parts are available and some aren’t. The one thing that I always tell people is avoid buying a car with torn-up seats.

The 1987–`91 cars had a Flo-Fit seat. Saleen had custom material made for those seats. You’re screwed if you buy an early car and the seats are hashed up.

No one makes material that looks close. I would buy an 80,000-mile car that looked like a 30,000-mile car before I bought a 30,000-mile car that was beat to poop.

The cars are fairly bulletproof.

RECENT SALE

Model: 1988 Mustang Saleen convertible
Price: $31,350
Condition: “Stock and unmodified condition”
From: Mecum at Indy, May 2018

RESOURCES

FlimFlam Speed & Custom Tuning
flimflamspeed.com
(804) 921-5341

Saleen Automotive, Inc.
saleen.com
(800) 888-8945

Saleen Club of America
saleenclubofamerica.com
(714) 400-2121

[Source: Grassroots Motorsports]

R3 MOTORSPORTS SHOWS S1 CUP CAR

From R3 Motorsports, Inc.

The first Saleen 1 Cup Car.

Saleen 1 Cup Car
Saleen 1 Cup Car

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[Source: R3 Motorsports, Inc.]

RED & SHORT, ANOTHER REGULAR CAB SPORTRUCK

From Saleen Automotive.

A few more pics of the latest SporTruck to roll out of the shop. She was born a little thirsty!

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

23rd ANNUAL SALEEN CAR SHOW AND OPEN HOUSE: SEPT. 12-14th, 2019

The 23rd Annual Saleen Car Show and Open House will be held at Saleen Headquarters, 2735 Wardlow Rd., Corona, California on Saturday, September 13th, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT).

22nd Annual Saleen Show

Event Details
SALEEN and SOEC present the World’s Largest Saleen Show!

Celebrating the community, culture and company of automotive enthusiasts

Join Steve Saleen, the Saleen family and the team at “Saleen Headquarters” as we welcome the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club and all Saleen owners and enthusiasts at their annual open house and car show. This is the world’s largest gathering of Saleens in the world!

Friday: TBA.

Saturday: TBA.

Sunday: TBA.

*** Saleen Show Registration ***


Saleen Worldwide Headquarters
2735 Wardlow Road
Corona, CA 92882
714-400-2121

91 Freeway, Exit 47
Serfas Club / Auto Center Drive
Left at In-N-Out Burger onto Wardlow Road

http://maps.google.com/


SOEC Hotel: Ayres Suites Corona West

Comfortable accommodations at a special event price, it’s only 1.4 miles away on the other side of the 91 freeway and up Frontage Road.

Special Saleen rate includes breakfast. All rooms have microwave, fridge and coffeemakers (with coffee) and free wireless. Double occupancy rooms with double-doubles or a king. Inquire at the time you make reservations for the best room layout that suits your needs. Free parking. Some room for trailers (inquire at desk). There is a do-it-yourself car wash nearby off 6th Street.

Call Ayres Suites Corona West directly at (951) 738-9113 and ask for the “Saleen” rate. Room block at that rate is limited, and is good for the full weekend from Thursday-Sunday or as they have room, but you should book by Sept 1. Clarify room amenities and layout at time of booking. Room upgrades available. It’s a nice, clean, casual hotel, pool for the kids, and a good mexican restaurant next door.

1900 Frontage Road, Corona
http://www.ayreshotels.com/CoronaWest/


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DUPONT REGISTRY: NEW SALEEN 1 COMMERCIAL

JASON STATHAM TO STAR IN NEW SALEEN COMMERCIAL

Text By: EDWARD JONES on April 1, 2019
Original Article: DUPONTREGISTRY.COM

It was back on November 30, 2017, the new Saleen 1 supercar was unveiled at the LA Auto Show. This new model started life in Germany as the Artega GT but was essentially completely redesigned at the hands of Saleen.

It’s been years since the Saleen 1’s unveiling, but it looks like it’s going to be back in the limelight. Famous actor Jason Statham recently posted an image on his Instagram of himself and Jonas Akerlund next to what looks like the Saleen 1. In the description of the post, Statham notes that he was actually shooting a Saleen commercial that’s coming soon.

Quite peculiar. Hopefully we will be seeing more of the Saleen 1 because we could all use a bit more Saleen in our lives.

BLACK LABEL (19-0011) HEADS TO WOODY FOLSOM FORD

From Saleen Automotive.

New S302 Black Label coupe, 19-0011. First BL for the model year headed to Woody Folsom Ford, Inc. in Baxley GA.

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[Source: Saleen Automotive]

SALEEN ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE-MAKE SERIES

By: DANIEL LLOYD on March 1, 2019
Original Article: SPORTSCAR365.COM

Saleen Automotive returns to racing with new Cup series launched for 2019…

2019 Saleen 1 Cup car. Photo: Saleen Automotive
2019 Saleen 1 Cup car. Photo: Saleen Automotive

Saleen Automotive has announced a new single-make series that will support Blancpain GT World Challenge America later this year.

As first reported by Sportscar365 in October, the Saleen Cup will be dedicated to the racing version of the manufacturer’s 450-horsepower Saleen S1 sports car, which was launched last year.

The five-round championship “arrive and drive” series will feature 20 cars plus spares prepared and transported by the California-based company, and comes with a chance to win a “factory seat” in its GT4 lineup next year.

Further details of Saleen’s involvement with the S1 in GT4, including timescales, have yet to be established.

Round 1 of the Saleen Cup is set to take place at Sonoma Raceway in early June, followed by stops at Portland International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Road America before concluding in Las Vegas in October.

The series will be open to standard ‘D’ licensed drivers while two-person crews will be permitted in a bid to help spread individual costs.

“I am very pleased to welcome the Saleen Cup Series to the Blancpain GT World Challenge America schedule for the 2019 season,” said SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel.

“The Saleen name is instantly recognizable to every race fan and I have fond memories of the wonderful S7-R competing in the FIA GT Championship more than a decade ago.

“The new Saleen 1 is an exciting new project for the brand and the ‘arrive-and-drive’ concept is the ideal way to showcase it at some of the most iconic circuits in the United States.”

Saleen emerged on the global endurance racing scene in the 1990s with specially modified Ford Mustangs, before running its own S7-R supercar in the 2001 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The manufacturer went on to win the Le Mans GT1 class through Larbre Competition in 2010 while the S7-R also raced extensively in the American Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship and various national competitions.

“The Saleen Cup is the next chapter in our company’s return to motorsports,” said Steve Saleen, CEO and founder of Saleen Automotive.

“Racing is in the DNA of everything we do at Saleen. The technology and design of the new Saleen 1 model is a direct result of extensive track testing and development, so it’s only natural that the new model makes its debut on some of the most iconic racetracks in America.”

Format, Costs Outlined

Saleen’s director of motorsports Gabriele Cadringher confirmed that Cup events will comprise of two 50-minute races with grids decided by 30 minutes of qualifying spread over two sessions.

Single or two-driver lineups are permitted, with each race carrying a mandatory pit stop but no tire changes.

Three sets of Continental tires will be available to each entry per weekend.

Cadringher projected that the total cost of a full-season program this year will be $190,000 ($38,000 per event) if submitted before April, rising to $210,000 afterward.

2019 Saleen Cup Schedule:
June 7-9 – Sonoma Raceway
July 12-14 – Portland International Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 – Watkins Glen International
Sept. 20-22 – Road America
Oct. 18-20 – Las Vegas

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Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

[Source: sportscar 365]