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Saleen Challenger

Hard to believe, but Steve Saleen has finally stepped away from just customizing Ford Mustangs and has now put his name on a Challenger based SMS-570.  There have been reports of green and blue-gray Saleen Challenger combinations seen in the wild, modified so far as to be a completely different type of car.  Starting with the suspension, Saleen has updated the Challenger to make it handle and perform completely different than one rolling off of Dodge’s manufacturing floor.

The SMS-570 Challenger is priced crazy high for the type of vehicle the customization is attached to.  The price jumps even further if you want a custom green paint job, which adds another $18,000 to the already $70,000 price of customization.  That means, for a new Dodge Challenger, touched by the hand of Saleen, expect to hand out almost $100,000.  Steeeeep!?

So, what do you get on the SMS-570 compared to a normal Challenger?  First of all the base engine Saleen has worked with is the 5.7 Hemi V8, only he’s added a 296 supercharger.  The combination is potent and helps deliver a whopping 500 horsepower and 500 lb ft of torque.  As mentioned above, the SMS-570 also comes with all new suspension, drive train, and aero dynamics to complete the Saleen treatment.

I certainly don’t feel it’s worth the extra cash for the modifications listed on the MSRP sheet.  Furthermore, for his first foray away from the Mustang, I won’t be surprised if this project falls on it’s face before it even takes off.  Other than a handful of collectors, is there a market for Saleen modified Challengers, even in a step-down offering other than the SMS-570?

Saleen Ford GT Auction

On Saturday, a pre-production Ford GT was auctioned off that was owned by the sports car tuner Steve Saleen.  The Ford GT isn’t exactly a daily driver, nor will you see them every where you go, this super car is a limited edition.  Furthermore, there are a number of reasons this auction is unique and will be a one of a one of a kind.

1. It’s a Ford GT.

These super cars retailed for around $150,000 and because of their very limited production, usually sold for much higher than that.  They are a super charged 5.4 liter, light weight monster, built with the latest technology and a worthy super car name wearing Ford.

2. The Ford GT was owned by Steve Saleen.

You know, the guy who designed the S7 supercar, Saleen F-150’s, Mustangs, and pretty much any other Ford product he could get his hands on.  Usually known for their sharp graphic packages and a nack for handling better than cars twice the cost.  Steve Saleen is a legend and anything he has owned or placed his autograph on will be worth many times more than the items original value.

3. This Ford GT was A Prototype/Pre Production Model

That’s right, this car was given to Steve Saleen to drive before the GT’s were even being manufactured.  Consider it a preview of what was to come, only, one person got to watch the clip.  This makes the auction for this Ford GT even more rare and a sight to behold.

The 3 reasons above make this one of the most intriguing auctions ever and an awesome buy for any car enthusiast.  No doubt this Ford GT will be taken out of commission and find it’s way into a collectors museum or back in Ford’s museum garage.

2007 Ford Mustang on eBay

To many of my readers you are familiar with my obsession with eBay and likewise for it’s tool eBay Pulse.  What’s so interesting about eBay pulse is that it tells exactly what people are searching for the most and today it looks like the 2007 Ford Mustang is at the top of the list, again.  Not that I blame them, after all with 2008 and 2009’s on the way, the price of the 2007 Ford Mustang is dropping in price, big time!

Right now on eBay there are over 125 used 2007 Ford Mustangs, in GT, V6, and specialty trim.  A quick scan of the prices and a buyer could easily find a well equipped Mustang for just over $10,000.  Blame the gas prices if you will, but if I’m gonna pay $4 per gallon, I want to enjoy that gallon!