New Saleen Heritage Models Recall Vintage SCCA Trans-Am Racers
- Steve Saleen unveiled the first in a series of three limited-edition performance cars.
- The Saleen sports cars are inspired by vintage SCCA Trans-Am racers George Follmer, Mark Donohue and Swede Savage.
- The 2014 Saleen George Follmer Edition Mustang debuted at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
MONTEREY, California — Steve Saleen unveiled the first in a series of three Heritage Collection performance cars inspired by vintage SCCA Trans-Am racers George Follmer, Mark Donohue and Swede Savage.
Debuting here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion weekend was the 2014 Saleen George Follmer Edition Mustang, which goes into production this fall. It will be followed next year by the Saleen Mark Donohue Edition Camaro and the Saleen Swede Savage Edition Barracuda.
Prices will start from around $75,000, the company said.
"All of our vehicles in the Saleen Heritage Collection were designed and engineered to retain the authentic lineage of the original factory-backed racecars," said Steve Saleen, CEO and president of Saleen Automotive.
The Follmer Edition Mustang, for example, draws inspiration from the #16 1969 Boss 302 Mustang that George Follmer campaigned that year in the SCCA Trans-American Championship.
The car is based on a 2014 Ford Mustang 302 fitted with a 470-horsepower V8, six-speed manual gearbox and track-tuned suspension.
The Donohue Edition Camaro, which starts production in early 2014, is inspired by the #6 1969 Chevrolet Camaro that won the SCCA Trans-Am title that year.
The Savage Edition Barracuda — presumably based on the Dodge Challenger — draws cues from the #42 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that Savage drove that season. Production is due to start next spring.
Edmunds says: Follmer, Donohue, Savage — mighty fast company.