The Saleen S7 was an insane mid-engine supercar (hypercar?) built by madman Steve Saleen and sold in minimal quantities for a catastrophic sum of money ($500k?) from 2000 through 2009. This next car is NOT a Saleen S7, but it does a decent job of hiding the basic C5 Corvette body in a Saleenish body. My only suggestion is to remove the “Saleen” badging and replace it with something whimsical and mysterious like; “L’Orange” or “Spleentastic” or “Corvantic” or “El Chupacabra”. Find this 2000 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Saleen kit offered for $24000 buy-it-now located in Kew Gardens, NY via eBay. Tip from Cory.
I always imagined that Steve Saleen was some kind of a magician with the way he could build and sell cars. Not that his recipe for success was magic (take a basic car, add some scoops, more horsepower, racy name, boom). No, his spellcasting was reserved for what he could convince buyers to pay for his pimped out Ford/Saleen machines. Let’s take the Saleen S331 Sport Truck for instance: It starts with a 2007 $19k Ford F150, add a supercharger, those scoops, some head rests, big brake kit and $55k MSRP…yikes! With mark ups like that it’s no surprise the Chinese government is currently embroiled in some kinda kerfuffle with Saleen involving a failed business venture in Shanghai — but that is a story for another time and we’ve got a good deal on a well depreciated F150 Saleen thing. Find this 2007 Saleen S331 Sport Truck offered for $16,500 in Rochelle Park, NJ via craigslist.
In 1983, a former racer (and SoCal car guy) named Steve Saleen launched his own aftermarket tuning company that was in many ways a repeat of what that Texas chicken farmer did with Fords in the 1960s. Saleen Performance rapidly became a small automotive OEM (similar to Shelby Automotive) and as such released cars that […]
The 5th generation Mustang (code named S-197) was released in 2005 to much fanfare and ballyhooing from Mustangers, pundits and retro-style enthusiasts. It transformed the previously dull new-edge/SN-95 shape into a sexy retro styled beauty while maintaining much of the classic formula under the skin but adding a few ponies. Except when Steve Saleen got […]
Horsepower has its price. You pay for it even when you aren’t using it, a conundrum that is central to developing technology like forced induction and cylinder deactivation. But what if there was a way to have extra horsepower by literally flipping a switch? That’s right, N2O means exactly what you think it means. Better […]
Steve Saleen was a former racing driver who started his own aftermarket tuning company in Southern California in 1983. Saleen Performance rapidly became a small automotive OEM (similar to Shelby Automotive) and as such released cars that while based on (and using parts from) Ford’s Mustang; they were technically according to the Dept of Transportation, […]
In 1998 Saleen started to modify a few Ford Explorers in the same way it had created scores of modified Ford Mustangs. The basic Saleen recipe was to take a Ford product and add a supercharger, body kit, a few badges and significant digits to the price tag. Saleen was one of the few aftermarket […]
Steve Saleen was a former Formula Atlantic racing driver who started his own aftermarket tuning company in 1983. Saleen Performance rapidly became a small automotive OEM and as such released cars that while based on Ford’s Mustang were technically a Saleen. The company’s future has been in question recently as Steve left in 2009 and […]