WHY IT’S RAD!
Introduced in 1994, the fourth generation Ford Mustang (code named “SN-95” by Ford) has come in many different versions, models and variations. It’s arguable though, that none other epitomized the RADwood Era as much as Saleen’s effort, the S281.
1996 was the first year of production for the S281 which totalled just 193 coupes built, and it’s name is in direct correlation with it’s V8’s displacement: 281ci. The naturally aspirated 2-valve V8 was rated at 220 horsepower and was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Saleen designed “Air Management Design” body modifications somehow look serious and understated simultaneously and are matched by purposeful Racecraft suspension, Saleen/Borla mufflers, bespoke air filter and spark plug wires. Further differences from a typical SN95 are continued in the interior where white gauges, Saleen floor mats, and special plaques are found. A Panasonic Bluetooth stereo has been installed.
This S281 is finished in what may be the best color combo: Crystal White over black leather and features black Saleen graphics, badging and white 18” x 8.5” 5-spoke wheels. Modifications include black housing headlights, Hurst short shifter, Cobra intake and injectors. The factory headlights, intake and shifter are included with the car.
This example was recently purchased by the seller from the elderly second owner but unfortunately no service records were included. New Firehawk tires were installed 1000 miles ago along with recent fluid replacement of the differential, transmission and oil service.
Blemishes are limited to typical creasing to the leather seats and some areas on the trunk that have minor paint chips.
Because this was one of the first Saleen S281’s built, the previous owner had the glove box, radiator cowl and original window sticker all signed by Steve and Liz Saleen and Phil Frank, the lead designer of the Saleen S7.
The seller reports this Saleen runs great and they recently completed a 400 mile road trip without issue. The A/C is said to be ice cold and all features work well. Performance is strong and there are no mechanical issues at this time.
Black housing headlamps
Cobra intake and injectors
Panasonic Bluetooth stereo
Naturally aspirated 281ci V8
5-speed manual transmission
18" 5-spoke wheels
Excellent driver condition
Recent fluid services
Fresh Firehawk tires