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1996 Ford Mustang

Saleen S281 Convertible
Mecum Houston 2021
Thursday, 8 April - Saturday, 10 April 2021
$15,400
Sale Price
No
Reserve
10 April 2021
Sold Date
S146.1
Lot Number
#3-
Original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 1FALP45X9TF224932. White with black graphics and black top over black leather. 4.6L Modular V-8, aftermarket intake, Saleen wheels and body kit, Alpine stereo, power windows, air conditioning.

Evaluation: Grimy engine bay other than new plugs/wires and a new alternator. Decent original paint with a few scratches and chips that are unavoidable on a car driven 86,336 miles. Heavy scrapes and dings on the front wheels. Heavy wear to the steering wheel and the dash top looks a little faded but the seats look fantastic given the mileage. Never the most desirable Saleen Mustang to begin with, and this car has been used as intended and at this point is a bit worn out.

Bottom Line: 1996 was the first year for the Saleen S281, and although it looks the part with the body kit and does have suspension upgrades, it only came with the standard Modular V-8 from the regular Mustang GT. This one sold for $9350 in Kissimmee last year then sold again there this year for $15,400. That it brought so much again only a few months later is surprising, especially given all the wear and tear. There are plenty of ways to get more Mustang for your money than this.

by Andrew Newton
21 April 2021
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