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The Saleen S7: America’s First Production Supercar

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When it debuted at the Monterey Historic Races in August of 2000, the Saleen S7 emerged as America’s first production supercar. Steve Saleen was known for his powerful Mustangs, but he wanted a clean-sheet design unencumbered by the legacies of Ford’s Fox platform.

Steve Saleen's Signature on an S7
Steve Saleen’s Signature on an S7

A tubular space frame of 4130 steel was hand fabricated. A 7.0-liter version of Ford’s 351 Windsor V8 was placed behind the driver. This last great triumph of the Windsor block made 550 hp naturally aspirated. The S7 was one of the world’s first cars to have a carbon fiber body; it paved the way for the magic material to find its way into our modern daily drivers.

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Focused on luxury and functionality, the S7 features a leather and aluminum-trimmed cabin for its passengers. With an asymmetrical layout, the cabin pushes the driver closer to the center of the car to help balance its weight for performance and handling purposes. The shape of the S7’s exterior was formed with extreme top speed in mind. At 160 mph, the carbon fiber body creates the supercar’s 2,750 lb curb weight in downforce, which allows stability to be maintained up to the car’s top speed of 220 mph.


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If you have a need for speed, the S7 gained twin turbos in 2005. With horsepower increased to 750 hp and torque to 700 lb-ft, the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo reaches a top speed of 248 mph and sprints from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds.  In the new iteration, the front and rear diffusers and rear spoiler were reworked to increase downforce by 60 percent. Automatics need not apply, as every model created during the ten year run were all equipped with six speed manual transmissions.

Steve campaigned the S7 at Sebring and LeMans and it proved to be a viable competitor to the biggest auto makers in the world. These cars will only accrue in value, and thanks to a recent surge in popularity, we have a few to choose from – including two signed by Steve Saleen himself. Check them out below, and find the perfect example for your collection.

2004 Saleen S7 GT1


2004 Saleen S7R ALMS GT1. This is chassis 029R the 2004 ACEMCO car that finished 3rd at the Championship, later raced FIA GT 2009 ( 2 wins ) and beat many times the MC12s. This is the very first « evolution » car after the S7R was totally redesigned and built in CA ( previous ones were built in UK by RML ). It received major evolutions in terms of aero, suspension, gearbox, brakes and reliability. Acemco had their engines built by ELAN ( a Don PANOZ company ) now unrestricted and producing 730HP. The car is in fantastic technical and cosmetical condition and has been totally rebuilt from the chassis ( engine by ELAN ), only 5 hours since. It comes with a few spares and is ready to race. Raced the 2015 Daytona Classic, constantly lapped in 1,46 with non professional driver and unbeatable in GT. The evolution S7Rs are extremely quick and easy to drive. A real ALMS legend Elligible for HSR & SVRA series. Car located in Luxembourg and welcome to any inspections.

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2004 Saleen S7

Warrensville, Ohio

We have just added to our extensive exotic car inventory a beautiful 2004 Saleen S7 in Speedlab Silver over beige full leather with only 1,481 miles. This S7 is loaded with: Six speed manual transmission, 575hp 7.0 Liter V8, polished forged aluminum wheels, Connoly leather trim, back up camera, air conditioning, Saleen/Brembo brakes and more. Family owned and operated, Marshall Goldman Sales and Leasing has been pairing the best in luxury automobiles with discerning customers across the globe since 1978. Every car we offer is owned by us and is on site in our massive 40,000 square foot indoor showplace. Call us today and find out what legions of satisfied customers already know: Our staff’s professionalism and our unparalleled inventory offer a buying experience unlike any other. Buy the best, from the best!

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2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

Honolulu, HI

2005 SALEEN S7 Twin-Turbo, car #62. Only 559 miles, “Lizstick Red”, Black interior with Grey inserts, 7.0 Liter Aluminum V8 Twin-Turbo with 750 horsepower at 6,300rpm and 700ft.-lbs. torque at 4,200rpm. 0-60 in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 248mph. 1 of only 20 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo ever made and one of the lowest mileage samples in existence. The Saleen S7 has already caught the eye of the collector car market. Referred to by many as “the only American Supercar”, this is one of the last very low mileage examples of a very limited production run. Includes original luggage set. Vehicle exterior dual coated in Modesta BC-09 Hi-PHPS Coating and PD Private Label paint sealant.

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2003 Saleen S7

Las Vegas, NV

Car # 28. For further information on this American supercar, please call Tom Brazill at 702-682-6995 .

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2003 Saleen S7

Chicago, IL

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