- For the town in Ireland see, Saleen, County Cork.
, commonly known as Saleen
, was an American
manufacturer of high performance sports cars
and high performance automotive parts in Troy, Michigan
, formerly based in Irvine, California
. Founded by Steve Saleen
in 1983, Saleen was a Delaware corporation
owned by Hancock Park Associates from 2001 to 2009.
Saleen manufactured limited edition, high-performance vehicles. Saleen was an automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
and was the last American small car manufacturer bearing OEM status. Unlike aftermarket "tuner" companies, Saleen was subject to the same federal regulations governing design and testing of their automotive products as larger vehicle manufacturers such as Ford
, General Motors
, and/or Toyota
. Most of Saleen's vehicles were highly modified versions of existing mass produced
sports cars such as the Ford Mustang
. Saleen produced over 8,000 modified Mustangs from 1983 through 2009. It also produced modified versions of a number of other Ford models.
Saleen's flagship car was the Saleen S7
, introduced in 2000. The S7 is a mid-engine, high-performance sports car that was initially priced at just under US$
400,000. The S7 won four different GT championships in 2001 and has broken records at the prestigious 24-Hour Le Mans
race. The S7 was Saleen's only production car not based on an existing design or chassis.
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