2013 LA Auto Show: Saleen Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Saleen S7
Saleen S7 Race Car

Saleen Automotive, founded in 1983, celebrates their 30th anniversary in grand style at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show displaying special edition SA-30 sports cars. Detroit’s “Big Three” automakers, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and Ford are represented in exquisite Saleen inspired renditions, dubbed SA-30 editions.

The SA-30 models will include a Saleen 620 Camaro, Saleen 570 Challenger, and Saleen 302 Mustang. A limited production run of ten total vehicles each is expected, setting the SA-30 edition up to be one of the rarest of all the highly collectible Saleen automobiles.

Founded by Steve Saleen in 1983, Saleen Automotive is widely known for their extensively modified line of Ford Mustangs, eight-thousand of which were produced from 1983 to 2009. What is often overlooked about Saleen Automotive is the fact that they were the last U.S. based automotive manufacturer to gain original equipment manufacturer (OEM) status. By gaining OEM status Saleen became subject to the same stringent regulations and mandates as other automotive giants, such as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, or Toyota.

All three of the SA-30 cars bear the same paint scheme. A beautiful “Tire Smoke” pearl white base, with black and Speedlab yellow accents best describes the exterior. The custom Saleen designed hoods are outfitted with fully functional  “Yellow Butterfly” induction openings. Five-spoke matching pearl white wheels, accented with the visible powder coated yellow brake calipers complete the stylish exterior which is a celebration of Saleen Automotive’s racing heritage. Passenger seating is black leather with white Alcantara inserts and, as you might imagine, there are ample Saleen and SA-30 badges and carpeting, as well as a serialized dash plaque. Saleen’s unique rear seat delete package provides a true race car experience. The rear seats and hat-rack are removed and a racing style cross brace is installed; this provides added stability, increased structure, and improves handling. The interior is then precisely fitted with stainless steel panels, which separate the trunk from the passenger compartment and custom tailored leather completes the package.

All SA-30 models are equipped with a Saleen supercharger. Saleen extras include low pressure drop internal intercoolers, high volume intercooler water pump, remote external heat exchangers, high-performance reprogramming software, application specific high-pressure fuel injectors, cold air intake with high-performance air filter, and performance dual exhaust.


SA 30 Mustang
Saleen SA 30 302 Mustang

Aside from the obvious paint and performance modifications, the Mustang version of the SA-30 features Ford’s panoramic roof design, with the Saleen Frost Touch, which uses electric current to energize and align otherwise random particles. With the panoramic roof and rear window in Frost mode the level of solar transparency is reduced by forty-percent and the ultra-violet rays are cut down by ninety-five percent. The 2014 Saleen Mustang is equipped with a 5.0-liter V-8. The transmission is a six-speed manual which sends the power through a set of 3.55 gears, in the rear differential. Horsepower is estimated at 625, with 536 lb.-ft. of torque.


SA 30 Camaro
Saleen SA 30 620 Camaro

The Camaro is based upon the 2014 Camaro 1SS platform, equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The Saleen Camaro is putting out 620-horsepower with 550 lb.-ft. of torque. The Camaro comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 3.45 final drive axle-ratio.




SA 30 Challenger
Saleen SA 30 570 Challenger

The Challenger is sold with a 5.7-liter Hemi engine which, when equipped with the Saleen goodies, produces 535-horsepower and 530 lb.-ft. of torque. Shifting duties are handled by a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto-Stik, and the rear differential is geared to a 3.92 to 1 gear ratio.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.