Saleen SA 35 Celebrates 35 Years of the Ford Mustang

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Saleen SA 35 Mustang Front

Newest Saleen anniversary package for the Ford Mustang delivers 780 supercharged horsepower.

Throughout the company’s storied history of building high performance cars, Saleen Automotive has celebrated several key anniversaries with unique, high performance packages. This includes the SA 5, the SA 10, the SA 20 and the SA 30, each of which stands for “Saleen Anniversary” followed by the year in question. The arrival of the 2019 Ford Mustang marks 35 years of Saleen-tuned pony cars, so as you might have guessed, the company has announced the SA 35 to celebrate this latest birthday.

Thanks to the folks at Car Scoops, we have all of the details on the Saleen SA 35 Ford Mustang, complete with 780 supercharged horsepower.

Saleen SA 35 Mustang

The Saleen SA 35 package for the Ford Mustang is based on the tuner’s top-of-the-line Black Label model, so it comes with all of the unique features of the modern Saleen brand, this begins on the outside with a custom front fascia, a unique grille, vented front fenders, new side sills, a high downforce rear wing, unique quarter window and B-pillar trim, a ram-air style hood, monoblock aluminum wheels wrapped in General G-Max tires and plenty of Saleen badging.

Saleen SA 35 Mustang Rear

Improving the stance and the handling of the SA 35 Saleen Mustang is a Racecraft R-Code suspension setup and helping the 5.0-liter V8 announce its presence is a sport exhaust system. However, the star of the underhood show with the SA 35 Mustang is the supercharger setup that lifts the output up to 780 horsepower.

“We were extremely proud to introduce the SA 35 to our friends, family and enthusiasts,” said Steve Saleen. “It celebrates and validates the continuing success and longevity of the Saleen brand.”

There is no pricing information available on the Saleen SA 35 Mustang, but with just 10 examples slated for production, we can expect that they will be expensive and very hard to get. They might be sold out already, but if you are legitimately interested in buying one of these rare, 780-horsepower pony cars, contact Saleen Automotive for more information.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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