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Look Back: '90-'93 Saleen SC
A high-horsepower, superb-handling, one-year-only, utlra-rare convertible.
The arrangement with Cars & Concepts and Saleen Performance Parts remained in place through the end of 1991 production, during which time Saleen sold only 92 standard cars and 10 SCs. The following year, Cars & Concepts closed its St. Louis plant and standard Saleen Mustang assembly reverted to Southern California.
Saleen SC Evolution
The SC convertible wasn't built in a day. Five years of progress took Saleen Autosport from the '88 SA-5 prototype (black, photos on the right) to the '89 SSC (white), which evolved into the '90-'93 SC (red). In 1993, the final year of the Fox-body Saleen, the company built three convertible SCs (yellow), all supercharged.
There were several improvements made to the regular and SC models for '92. Saleen upgraded to 17-inch wheels, motivated by the fact that Ford began installing 16-inchers to its V-8 Mustangs a year before. The five-spoke Stern alloy wheels measured 17x8 in front and 17x9 in the rear and wore BFGoodrich Comp T/As (225/45ZR17 fronts, 235/45ZR17 rears). Most of the aerodynamic kit was a carryover, but the '90-'91 two-piece rear wing was replaced by the single, pre-'90 design.
In 1992, Saleen offered a long-awaited Vortech centrifugal supercharger option (including headers) that increased output of the standard 5.0L to an advertised 325 hp and the SC powerplant to an estimated 450. The $3,200 blower was an A-trim unit with 5 pounds of boost, and 10 of the 17 standard Mustangs Saleen built for 1992 were so equipped. There were no takers for the SC model that year, despite the fact that it was available for the first time in a convertible form.
The SC returned for 1993, the final year of Fox production. That year, Saleen sold 87 base Mustang packages, 5 SCs, and 9 supercharged SA-10 anniversary cars. Three of the SCs were $44,490 convertibles; two were $39,990 hatchbacks.
The Price of Ownership
Bill Price is fortunate enough to own the first '93 SC Saleen-number 93-0001SC. It resides in his collection of vintage and new Mustangs in Georgia.