Saleen Celebrates 40 Years With Low-Volume 800-HP Ford Mustang Special Edition

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Just 10 speedsters will be made, and pricing starts at $142,000.

Saleen Automotive has revealed the SA-40 Edition, a low-volume speedster based on the Ford Mustang GT, and as the name implies, it celebrates 40 years of the company's existence.

This follows the SA-35 revealed in 2018, and like that car, the SA-40 is brutally overpowered, developing a reported 800 horsepower. We've reached out to Saleen for more information and will update this article when we hear back, but Ford Muscle reports that the upgrade package includes exclusive wheels, Racecraft suspension, and Saleen brakes. That claim of SA-40-exclusive wheels seems a bit of a stretch, though; we've already seen these rims on the 302 Black Label, upon which the new model is based.

But let's move on, as there's much more to take in than just 20-inch wheels.


As usual, all Ford and Mustang logos have been removed, and the bodywork has been significantly altered with a revised front fascia that incorporates numerous black accents, large vents aft of the front wheels, and a hood with a large central scoop. The side skirts have seen some love, too, while the rear end shows more blackening around the taillights, a new rear bumper with vents and updated exhaust tips, and a rear spoiler that looks large enough to go surfing with.

The real party piece is the tonneau cover, which gives the Mustang a proper speedster vibe and integrates a real carbon fiber roll hoop. Remarkably, this cover can be removed if you need to use the rear seats. But at the price this is selling for, we think most owners would simply take another car out of the garage when they need more passenger space. But more on that in a moment.


The final aesthetic element to discuss is the color. It's called Saleen Speedlab Yellow and is described by the company as "a metallic/pearl yellow that explodes in the sun." If it's too extreme for you, you'd best look elsewhere - this is the only hue available for the entire production run.

Speaking of, just 10 units will be made, each with a base asking price of $142,000. The first example will be "sold" for considerably less, though. See those embroidered headrests? This first Saleen SA-40 will be used to raise awareness for cancer research in collaboration with Cruise for a Cause sweepstakes.

All you need to do is make a donation, and you could be the lucky winner. Get it cheap enough, and you can paint it any color you want. And maybe fit some truly exclusive wheels.


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