Mustang Saleen S281
VORTECH SUPERCHARGER, SALEEN #26 FOR 1998, 69K MILES, AWESOME COLOR COMBO
Steve Saleen has always built special Mustangs, and as the Mustang itself got better, the Saleen versions consistently took it to the next level. This particular 1998 Saleen S281 is number 026 built that year, a cool green roadster with the upgraded fiberglass tonneau to make it really stand out among the elite. Add in a Vortech supercharger and you suddenly have a Mustang that can make new Corvettes nervous.
The Saleen body kit on the SN95 Mustangs transformed a smooth but somewhat anonymous design into something that was destined to be on 16-year-old boys' bedroom walls. Based on actual track and wind tunnel testing, the Saleen work gives the Mustang a long, lean look that's perfect for its mission. This convertible wears it every bit as well as the somewhat more hardcore coupe, and thanks to good care over the past 17 years, it still looks great. Yes, it does have a few signs of use and age, but it's obvious that this was never a daily driver or a car that went out when the weather wasn't cooperating. In fact, there's a bit of sun damage on the decals, perhaps the only sore spot on the whole car, and that speaks volumes about how it has actually been used. The chin spoiler is in good condition and hasn't been bashed on parking curbs or steep driveways and from the rear (the only view most folks get) it looks racy with a low-profile deck lid spoiler and ground effects that wrap around the exhaust pipes. There's no doubt that this is still a cool-looking car.
The interior is pretty much stock Mustang GT, which means comfortable leather bucket seats, a comprehensive array of white-faced gauges, and a long list of features and options. Saleen was all about performance, so if it didn't make the car faster or the driver more confident, it didn't make it onto the spec sheet. What it does offer is A/C, power windows, locks, and mirrors, a powerful AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo system, and cruise control, so it's easy to enjoy even at moderate speeds. Saleen also added what they called the "light bar" over the rear seat, which is not to be confused with a roll bar, and there's that tonneau cover that transforms the Mustang into a 2-seat roadster. The black top is in good condition, having spent most of its life under that tonneau, and the trunk looks almost new.
Ford's sturdy 4.6 liter V8 was the base engine in the 281 (4.6 liters translates to 281 cubic inches) and while it was a decent performer, the Saleen deserved better, so it's been fitted with a Vortech supercharger. It's a neat fit in the engine bay, a reverse installation that force-feeds the sturdy V8 enough air to huff out an estimated 350 horsepower. It remains fairly stock otherwise, preserving the Mustang's easy drivability and fuel economy unless you really stomp on the loud pedal. The 5-speed shifts cleanly and with 2.73 gears in the stock 8.8-inch rear end, it's a fantastic highway cruiser with lots of torque in reserve. The suspension is augmented with select Saleen parts, including springs and those gorgeous 18-inch polished Saleen wheels and recent Nitto radials.
Still fast, still handsome, and now quite affordable, this Saleen Mustang delivers perhaps the best performance-to-price ratio in our showrooms today. Power in the hands of a few, that remains the Saleen way. Call now!
Defrost, Numbers Matching, AM/FM Radio, CD Player, Power Top, Air Conditioning, Heat, Leather Seats, Tilt Wheel, Anti-Lock Brakes, Four Wheel Disc Brakes, Power Brakes, Power Locks, Power Seats, Power Steering, Power Windows, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Seatbelts-Front, Seatbelts-Rear
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 4.6 SOHC V8
- Transmission Type
- 5 Speed Manual
- Fuel Specification
- Body Style
- 69,132 (Actual)
- Fort Worth
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console
Estimated Monthly Payment
Based on 20% down over 96 months