If you have a thing for Fox bodied Mustangs and you’re a fan of Steve Saleen, head on over to Bring A Trailer or eBay for the rundown on what has to be the nicest early Saleen Mustang left in existence. It’s only racked up 7,100 miles, it’s never seen rain or snow, it’s only been through two owners and get this: it’s completely stock. No blower, no upgraded exhaust, no cold air intake; this car is just as it left the Saleen factory in March of 1988. It’s even got the original tires, although I’m not sure I’d want to drive very far (or particularly fast) on them.
Early Saleen Mustangs used stock Ford engines, but modified the chassis and suspension for better handling based on Steve Saleen’s experience as a road racer. If I understand it correctly, that would give this particular car 225 horsepower; that may have been acceptable in 1988, but it’s not exactly on par with contemporary Mustangs. Even the handling couldn’t match a new Mustang, but that’s hardly the point of this car. It belongs in someone’s collection, with driving duties relegated to Mustang shows and classic car events.
There’s no way to tell what the seller’s reserve is, so I can’t even guess on price. Similar vintage Saleen Mustangs typically sell in the $10k to $12k range, but they’ve all got higher mileage and most have been modded to death. If you can snap up this particular example for less than $15,000, I’d call it well bought.