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Saleen Automotive Unveils George Follmer Ford Mustang GT
First Vehicle of Saleen Heritage Collection Trilogy
Saleen Automotive just unveiled its first edition vehicle from the brand-new Saleen Heritage Collection trilogy at Laguna Seca Raceway this past weekend. This limited-edition series covers the most competitive time in SCCA Trans-Am racing history with this brand-new series of vehicles. The first vehicle unveiled this past weekend in Monterey was a 2014 Ford Mustang GT Saleen honoring George Follmer. On display during the event was George’s original #16 1969 Boss 302 Mustang.
“As a specialty manufacturer and [racecar] driver myself, it is the perfect alignment of passions that allowed us to complete an entire collection of vehicles during today’s event”, said Steve Saleen, President & CEO of Saleen. “We may actually be the only company that can offer this type of Automotive Collection all under one brand name.”
The trilogy continues where Saleen left off in the late 2000’s with the Parnelli Jones Edition and Dan Gurney Edition vehicles. Each one of the different vehicles is meant to represent the top 5 drivers in the Missouri Bell Race that went down on October 4, 1970 at Riverside International Raceway. This particular race was in the midst of a highly competitive season during the SCCA Trans-American Championship.
The first of the Heritage Collection lineup was the Follmer Edition to honor George Follmer, one of the most successful drivers of that era. The Follmer Edition Mustang pays tribute to the #16 1969 Boss 302 that George drove in 1970 with a naturally aspirated 470+ hp (estimated), 4-valve V-8 paired with a track-tuned suspension and a 6-speed manual transmission. The other two vehicles to be unveiled for the new trilogy lineup include the Mark Donahue Camaro and the Swede Savage SS Edition Barracuda.
The Mustang features the same vintage racing scheme from the old-school days with the same color identity as the original. Creature comforts are a must in the modern vehicles complete with the nostalgic look and feel. It is more than ready for a few hot laps around the track or a cruise around the block. “All of our vehicles in the Saleen Heritage Collection were designed and engineered to retain the authentic lineage of the original factory-backed racecars”, added Steve Saleen. “In driving and seeing the new Saleen versions of each car I am quickly taken back to the memories I personally have of these cars at Riverside International Raceway from the ‘60s and ‘70s.”
The Saleen Mustang GT is available now for pre-orders with deliveries planned for late fall of this year. Each vehicle in the collection is said to have an MSRP in the mid $70,000’s. Visit www.saleen.com for more information.