One of the biggest names in hot rod Mustangs is Saleen Automobiles.
By offering high performance, turnkey sports cars, the company has
transitioned from a garage bay tuner to a highly respected,
OEM-level manufacturer. And, as one of only 500 cars produced to
honor legendary Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones, this
spotless Parnelli Jones 302 is perhaps one of the firm's coolest
creations. Painted in Grabber Orange, outfitted with one of the
most cohesive performance packages ever produced, and showing a
mere 3,783 miles, this Saleen is quite possibly the last
essentially new car of its kind. If you're a savvy collector
looking for a future collectible that's an absolute thrill to
drive, there's no time like the present!
According to Steve Saleen, the Parnelli Jones 302 was designed to capture the raw, aggressive attitude with which Parnelli raced. That meant you could order any color Parnelli Jones 302 you wanted as long as it was Grabber Orange. Naturally, since this Mustang is an essentially new car, its paint looks great. Fit and finish is exceptional, thanks to the largely hand-built nature of custom Saleen add-ons. And, despite performing everyday tasks as flawlessly as a stock Mustang, the car has been completely re-envisioned to incorporate many subtle tweaks that successfully recall the glory days of Trans Am racing.
To create that road ready, Trans Am racer appearance, Saleen equipped the Parnelli Jones 302 with every cosmetic trick in their book. At the front of the car, a re-designed bumper hangs a black serial number between a chrome-trimmed grille, injection molded headlight dividers and a racing-style splitter. Behind that bumper, a fully functional shaker seats race-derived pins in front of satin "S302" emblems. At the sides of the car, ornamentation is kept to a minimum with black mirrors reflecting a billet Saleen fuel filler and color-keyed quarter window covers. And at the back of the car, Satin Black Sport Slats lead a replica Boss spoiler, which shades a chrome-trimmed valance and a second re-imagined bumper that weaves a black splitter around polished exhaust tips.
Lift Parnelli Jones #307's trick Shaker Hood and you'll find a Saleen-built SOHC V8 that twists an SAE certified 400 horsepower into 390 lb./ft. of tire-melting torque. Equipped with a high compression, high revving valvetrain, this blueprinted 302 utilizes a forged and internally balanced crank, forged 4340 H-beams, forged pistons, hand-ported heads, Comp cams and springs, variable cam timing and a Saleen PowerFlash tune to provide thrilling acceleration all the way to its 7,000 RPM redline. The hand-assembled mill sees a bump in displacement thanks to an increased stroke. And little details like bore honing, an aluminum flywheel, a billet harmonic balancer, Saleen pulleys, new cylinder head bolts and Fel-Pro gaskets ensure the OEM reliability that goes hand in hand with a new car. What that means for you is a rocket-like sprint to triple-digit speeds from an engine that never seems to feel like it's out of breath. And, like the legendary Trans Am Fords it honors, this car doesn't carry the imbalanced weight and mechanical stigma of having a big engine shoehorned into a tight engine bay.
In keeping with both Steve Saleen and Parnelli Jones race ancestry, this limited-edition Mustang was designed utilizing a precision Macpherson front and Watt's link rear suspension. That chassis rolls under a rugged Tremec 5-speed, which drives a Saleen 8.8-inch axle that's finished with big, 3.73 gears. Steering is power-assisted Ford hardware. Stops come courtesy of Ford and Saleen calipers, which clamp two and four pistons around vented and slotted rotors. Exhaust expels through a stainless Saleen set-up, which provides throaty, low resonating audio. And at the corners of the car, Mini-lite-style wheels spin 275/35ZR19 Pirelli P Zero Rossos in front of 275/40ZR19 Pirelli P Zero Rossos.
Inside, Saleen makes the interior its own with colorful leather upholstery and plenty of signage. Showroom-fresh thrones are fitted with bright Grabber Orange inserts, orange stitching and cool Parnelli Jones emblems. An already ornate dash founds Saleen-branded telemetry behind a twin-gauge accessory pod, a serialized Saleen plaque, and signatures from both Steve Saleen and Parnelli Jones. Beneath that dash, a traditional console frames a Saleen Quick Shifter that's topped with a custom Parnelli Jones knob. In front of the driver, a traditional Mustang steering wheel sports a Saleen Parnelli Jones Edition emblem. Saleen Parnelli Jones floor mats complement Saleen Parnelli Jones sills. And naturally, all the usual luxuries are present and accountable, including Cruise Control, power windows, power door locks and a crisp Shaker 500 sound system.
The car's original Saleen Window Sticker lists the following equipment:
FORD BASE COMPONENTS
Power windows, door locks and decklid
Remote Keyless Entry that's complete with illuminated entry
Power driver's seat with 6-way adjustment
Split fold rear seat
Tilt steering wheel
Dual vanity mirrors
Interior Upgrade Package
Shaker 500 audio with AM/FM stereo
SALEEN BASE COMPONENTS
Saleen/Parnelli Jones high compression 3-valve 5.0 liter 302 cubic inch V8
- 400 horsepower
- 390 lb./ft. of torque
Saleen PowerFlash performance calibration
Saleen 2.5-inch performance dual exhaust with dual stainless tips
Saleen power pulleys and SFI approved damper
Saleen Design Shaker Hood with hi-flow inlet tube and air box cover
Saleen forged aluminum pistons
Saleen forged steel connecting rods
Saleen ported aluminum cylinder heads with performance springs
Saleen Performance camshaft
Saleen Performance air cleaner
Saleen 5-speed manual transmission
Saleen close-ratio shifter
Saleen lightweight aluminum flywheel
Saleen 8.8-inch differential with 3.73 gears
Limited Edition-exclusive Grabber Orange paint
- Black hood stripe
- Black side stripes
- Black decklid
Limited Edition injection molded TPO front fascia with race inspired air dam
Limited Edition hood pins
Limited Edition chrome trim front and rear
Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition injection molded TPO side skirts
Limited Edition injection molded TPO rear fascia
Limited Edition injection molded TPO quarter window panels
Limited Edition "1970" replica wing
Limited Edition rear window sports slats
Racing inspired billet aluminum fuel door
Limited Edition reusable static cling race and name decals
Limited Edition badging
Limited Edition "1970" championship wreath
Saleen Design aluminum Shaker Hood
Saleen integrated front turn signals
Saleen Design center rear body panel
CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
Saleen Racecraft Suspension System
Saleen specific-rate front and rear springs
Macpherson strut with lower control arm
Saleen front struts with Saleen linear-rate coil-over-springs
Front 1.38-inch tubular stabilizer (anti-roll bar) with urethane pivot bushings
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