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Saleen S351 Speedster

Year: 1996|Miles: 9,356|Ext: Rio Red|Int: Black|

Since the 1980s, Steve Saleen has been THE source for Mustang owners wanting to get the most out of their pony cars. Saleen’s successful racing programs in SCCA and IMSA road racing filtered down into his road cars. Saleen Mustangs are sought after for their handling prowess, increased horsepower and distinctive good looks. Quite often, Saleen cars that appear on the market are made up from aftermarket components and aren’t genuine factory built examples. We are offering this genuine, fully documented, factory-built 1996 S351 Speedster with just over 9,000 miles from new.

According to the Saleen Registry, this car, number 96-0032, is one of just 10 S351 Speedsters built in 1996 and one of 3 finished in Rio Red and is one of one with these exact options and colors. It was originally built for the CEO of a company that sponsored Saleen’s racing efforts in the 1990s and it was a fully-loaded show piece. Equipment includes the base S-351 package, T-Code (Recaro Interior, Alcon Brakes), 3.55:1 Gears, Saleen Sound System, Speedster Package and a Wheel/Tire upgrade.

In addition to those options, an additional $3,700 in 1997 Prototype additions were fitted. This included a six-speed gearbox, Auburn limited slip differential, Koni suspension, Racecraft rear lower control arms, aluminum front bushings, and Pro short throw shifter. The combined packages and options totaled $36,249 – and that doesn’t include the cost of the base Mustang!

The clean Carfax report verifies just two owners from new, the original owner keeping the car for fourteen years, while the second owner kept the car stored in a climate controlled garage during his tenure. The car presents in very good overall condition showing no signs of crash damage or repairs. The Rio Red paint is in very good order, with a few stone chips apparent, mainly on the front bumper, but overall it presents well excellent gloss. Panel fit is good and the special Saleen graphics are in similarly good condition. The polished wheels are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tires and are in excellent condition.

Inside, the Recaro seats are embroidered with Saleen logos and trimmed in leather. The leather is in good condition, with some slight wear showing on the driver’s outer bolster. The rest of the interior trim is excellent and all electrical functions work as they should. The original Saleen audio system has been upgraded to a Kenwood Excelon series receiver and Memphis Audio amplifier. The original radio is included. The original power soft top has a heated glass window and is in excellent order, operating smoothly.

On the road, the Saleen shines. The Koni suspension is aggressive but not harsh and the bespoke Saleen Racecraft suspension parts work to make this car handle exceptionally well. Grip is phenomenal thanks to the Auburn limited slip. The six speed transmission takes a firm hand and the shifts are positive, with well-spaced ratios. With just over 9,000 miles from new the car feels tight and fresh. This factory-built Saleen S351 has all the makings of a future classic – rarity, great looks and outstanding performance.

Sale includes fitted cover, original books, Saleen invoices, Speedster tonneau, soft tonneau, cockpit cover, original radio, two original keys and fobs.

  • Genuine Saleen-built S351
  • 400 Horsepower, 432 lb/ft torque
  • Six-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Limited Slip Rear End
  • Speedster Package
  • Fully documented and in the Saleen Registry

 

  • Two owners and 9,356 miles from new
  • Hard and Soft tonneau covers
  • Upgraded Audio System
  • Clean Carfax
  • Fast and fun!