So what's a Saleen anyway?
A Saleen Mustang is a specially built, improved Mustang, much like the Shelby
Mustangs of the 1960's. Saleen has produced fewer cars in 20 years than Shelby
did in 6 years.
www.Saleen.com "The first Saleen street car was ready for sale in 1984.
It boasted special aerodynamics, an attractive and highly functional cockpit and
a precise handling suspension package. The result was a car built as a limited
edition model with individual serial numbers assuring authenticity."
Saleens featured numerous engine performance, suspension, appearance, and
interior improvements as compared to a regular Mustang. Content varies somewhat
from year-to-year, but generally includes engine options ranging from mild to
hand-built supercharged engines. Suspension & handling setup has always been
a Saleen forte'. Every year includes distinctive body upgrades as well.
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SAFE SALEENING below.
For example, here's list of what a 2000 Saleen would have included:
4.6L 2V SOHC Engine - 285hp @ 5100 /
315 ft-lb torque @ 4100
Saleen Power Flash Performance Calibration - Premium Fuel
Saleen / Borla Mufflers and Performance Exhaust System
4.6L 2V SOHC Supercharged Engine - 350hp
@5000 / 410 ft-lb torque@3000
Saleen Series II "Roots" Type Supercharger
Saleen Water to Air Intercooler
Saleen Twin Gauge Pod (Boost & Intercooler Temp)
Saleen C Pillar
High Performance Wheel Alignment and Tuned Chassis
Saleen Five Spoke Alloy Wheels
Painted 18 x 9" Front and Rear Wheels
Pirelli 255/35ZR18 front / 265/35ZR18 rear
Chrome 18 x 9" Front and upgrade to 18x10" rear
Pirelli 265/35ZR18 front / 295/35ZR18 rear
Always be sure to practice "Safe Saleening" when
buying ANY Saleen!
Quick check our section
Invest in a copy of "The
Saleen Book" BEFORE buying a car!
Check for bumper numbers, console plaques, and underhood
plate, depending on year, as well as FORD VIN#.
Always contact Saleen to verify a vehicle BEFORE
buying! You'll need the Saleen ID # and the last 6 digits of the Ford VIN
To reach Team Saleen call 949-597-4900 or email them at
If you're thinking about buying a Saleen,
there's a couple things you MUST do while shopping. Imitation may be the most sincere
form of flattery, but a less than ethical or unknowledgeable seller can be
expensive to YOUR wallet! You need to become knowledgeable about your potential
purchase or you might get burned! Be sure to check the
Watch List as well.
For the potential Saleen buyer, the VERY first thing to do is purchase a copy of The Saleen Book
by Brad Bowling. This is currently "the bible" for Saleens. The back
half of the book is a registry listing car numbers, partial VIN's, and original
options. A GREAT place to start!
on the book to find out where to purchase)
Once you've read the book, it's time to begin shopping. If you
can, deal with a Saleen-specific dealer, like Mark at
Autosport. That's NOT to say that he's the only place to look though! You
might get lucky locally, on one of the many internet message boards, Autotrader,
or even Ebay!
Once you find a car, there's several Saleen features to look
for, depending on the year you're looking at. (Hey, you DID purchase
and READ the book to know what you're looking for, didn't you?) It all begins at the front bumper.
Unfortunately, many replicas have the bumper numbers already added, as they can
be found on Ebay for a couple bucks. Get the
number anyway, and check it against the Saleen Book. Check for an engine bay plaque and write down all the info it
contains as well. Check for a console plaque inside. Do the Saleen numbers on
all 3 items match? Does the seller have other documentation, like the window
sticker? Take down all this information, and the Ford VIN numbers from the
windshield AND door sticker. Check the Ford Vins against each other AND the
We highly recommend using the Ford VIN to run a
as well. You never know what skeletons might be hiding in the closet. Yes, it
costs a few bucks, but well worth the peace of mind.
Finally, before you pull the trigger,
contact Saleen at 1-949-597-3880 or 1-800-888-8945 or email
. They will need the "Saleen number" from the car as well as the last 6
digits of the Ford VIN. Saleen can use these numbers to verify that you are indeed
looking at a "real" Saleen. You can also ask them for a
fax copy of the original window sticker, and a "Letter of
Authenticity" for your car. The LOA may take several days for processing,
but Saleen can verbally verify what you have pretty quickly! DO NOT skip
contacting Saleen!!! VERY IMPORTANT!