One owner, 18,052 original miles, still sitting on its original tires! Never abused or raced, almost entirely stock, everything works. Quite possibly the finest Saleen available anywhere. Their time is now, will you own the best?
Finished in Bright Red, this might just be the best-looking Fox Mustang ever built. The Saleen aero additions were fully functional, designed to work on the track as well as the street, but they were also beautifully integrated into the design. Most of the paint is factory-applied, with the Saleen pieces painted to match at the Saleen facility in California, and its current condition speaks to the care it has received over the past 30 years. There’s hardly a mark on it save for some touch-ups where stones have nicked the low-hanging chin spoiler. Out back there’s a dramatic Saleen rear spoiler, which neatly integrates the third brake light, and since Saleen used the LX as their foundation, you get simple taillights and those cool polished stainless exhaust pipes. You can’t tell me this isn’t a great-looking Mustang!
Flo-Fit custom bucket seats were installed in place of the stock LX chairs, and the grippy tan cloth features red piping to make it feel especially racy. In fact, a tan interior in a red car is a rather unusual combination, Saleen or not, and it works exceedingly well today. You’ll also note the door panels and even the rear seats were custom upholstered to match the front buckets, a nice touch and probably expected when you’re doubling the price of a Mustang. You’ll also note a custom leather-wrapped steering wheel in place of the clunky Ford piece, and since it’s an ’89, it tilts. Saleen installed their own 170 MPH speedometer in the original gauge cluster, replacing Ford’s embarrassing 85 MPH unit plus a pair of VDO oil pressure and water temperature gauges in a beautifully made gauge panel integrated into the center A/C vents. A fairly sophisticated Pioneer AM/FM/cassette stereo system with equalizer was standard equipment (Pioneer was one of Saleen’s racing sponsors). This car is loaded up with every option you could get, including A/C, power windows and locks, cruise control, and more. And, as a proper limited edition, there’s a plaque on the console indicating that this is Saleen number 89-0067 and Steve Saleen has personally signed the dashboard, just like Ol’ Shel used to do. The fastback offers a very spacious trunk with fold-down rear seats, and you’ll note that the spare tire and jack assembly have never been out of the car. This is a survivor in the purest sense.
Ford’s bulletproof and seriously fast 5.0 liter V8 was standard equipment, and Steve Saleen decided not to mess with a good thing, so it’s almost entirely stock. Saleen added the big strut tower brace and a few specialized decals and another serial number plate, but the rest is bulletproof FoMoCo equipment. It carries its original plug wires, rubber distributor cover, and even factory wire hose clamps, all perfectly preserved for show purposes. Of course, it starts instantly, idles properly, and drives beautifully—what 5.0 Mustang doesn’t? Seriously, until you drive one, you just won’t understand how much fun these cars really are.
Where Saleen’s work really shines is in the handling department. Springs, shocks, bushings, sway bars, and more were upgraded on the Saleen Mustangs, all in the interest of making it a serious road car. More heavy-duty reinforcements help improve rigidity in a way you can feel and the ride height is 1.5 inches lower than a stock Mustang, so it looks menacing just sitting there. The T5 5-speed manual gearbox is one of the best-shifting transmissions you’ll ever row and its ratios are ideally set for the 5.0’s torque curve. Out back, this one is fortified with 3.55 gears to make it a bit punchier, while a deep overdrive gives it long legs on the highway. Experts will note that the exhaust has been modified with an “off road” H-pipe that doesn’t have any catalytic converters, but the original H-pipe is available. In the braking department, the Mustang was always lacking but the Saleen guys cured that problem by adding a set of disc brakes and 5-lug hubs to the Saleen Mustang so it scrubs speed without any drama. Upgraded control arms eliminate the need for the pesky “quad shocks” in back and the Saleen-spec exhaust system sounds downright heroic. 16-inch American Racing wheels were standard equipment and since Steve Saleen raced on General tires, all his street cars wore the 225/60/16 General radials found here—yes, these are the car’s original tires!
Documentation is extensive, including both original window stickers, all the original Ford and Saleen manuals, warranty plate, spare Saleen data plates, and the Saleen information booklet. It also includes several magazines where this car has appeared and even the original paper floor mats from its day one delivery!
These are collectible, make no mistake, and their day has come. It’s no secret that high-performance Mustangs are a dime a dozen, but cars with a pedigree, high levels of documentation, expert care and maintenance, and low mileage will always command a premium. I can’t imagine there are many better Saleen Mustangs than this and in the years that come you’ll either be the guy who owns one or the guy who merely remembers when he could afford one. Don’t be that guy, call today!
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