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1989 Mustang California Special Edition Saleen INFO??? Anyone?

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Old 10-30-2008, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default 1989 Mustang California Special Edition Saleen INFO??? Anyone?

I would like some info on my 1989 Mustang California Special With the RACECRAFT Suspension. Anyone know anything about them as mine seems to be faster than the bolt on 5.0's in my area. Other than suspension, did I get any other performance goodies? Any info helps from Suspension parts to rearend gears to interior... Anything. Thanks!
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:27 AM   #2
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never heard of one
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:29 AM   #3
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Me neither. Sorry...
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my guys would be guy slapped stickers on your car.
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LOOKS like a normal gt with stickers as the Saleen had a different ground effects package
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:38 AM   #6
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I do believe that i may be some type of special edition...

First thing, check to see if it is original paint (especially the fenders), if it is original paint, the stickers may be original.

My cousins 89 GT may be very similar to that, it started out dove gray with titainium ground effects, it had the Saleen style "Racecraft Suspension" decals instead of the 5.0 badge, it had FMS 3:73's and was quick. (No paint code in the door). It did have a full size gas tank. The paint was original, and there was no evidence of 5.0 badges ever being on it.

The car was bent pretty bad when he got it, but we fixed it and gave it a new complete paint job, both fenders were repalced and we put 5.0 badges back on.

He does have pictures of it laying around before the repair, but I would have to scan them in if he can find them.

I know most of you guys are quick to refuse that there may be a few special edition stangs out there, but there are some out there.
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:42 AM   #7
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LOOKS like a normal gt with stickers as the Saleen had a different ground effects package
Wassup mjr, actually the Saleens had different GFX put on the LX models, but the wheels are defenetly Saleen - but most I've seen are 5 lug though, who knows??

It is very possible that Saleen played around with some GT's as well.

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Old 10-30-2008, 10:44 AM   #8
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from the angle its at, it does look like it is sitting lower than a regular fox....

I'm not denying their existence, Ive just never seen one or heard of one, nor is it mentioned in any of my mustang books...

plus, I am usually skeptical...
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:35 AM   #9
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Check this out

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Some of you guys shouldn't be so quick to judge.

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Old 10-30-2008, 01:32 PM   #10
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Some of you guys shouldn't be so quick to judge.



that website comes up as malicious
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I'll try and link the pics... Some guy is selling one.

Give me a couple of minutes.

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Looks legit to me.. roush and saleen get wild hairs up there butts and come out with little things here and there. there so many editions i read about all the time iv never heard of but they make em. just like a v6roush was made.. why? i dunno but it was lol
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Its that if it was legit you would think there would be info somewhere
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Some of you guys shouldn't be so quick to judge.
it doesn't mean a thing, obviously you can see it has been doctored, real saleen's will have authentic documention and plaques....I wouldn't be so quick to assume a CA edition exists cause some dealer/ independent person wants to advertise his doctored "GT" as such...you wouldn't believe how many fake clone cobras I saw last year at the big ford show in PA last year......post the info on a saleen specific site and see what they say
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Its that if it was legit you would think there would be info somewhere
Not necssarily, back then there was no internet. If there were a handfull of special edition cars made, it may not be documented very well, possibly only a handfull of dealers sold them... who knows... kindof like the 82 SS, do any exist? Do any brouchures still exist?

When things happen nowadays, there is proof on the web and it stays there. When something was done 20 years ago, and there are only a few floating around, no one knows about them. People who worked in the factory prolly aren't around kicking anymore. Kindof like the white Twister 2... no one knew they existed until one was spotted at a show, they thought they only came out in red.

Also, documentation can be rare as it was not a production car from the factory, rather it was a car that was modified somewhat from a third party...

A couple other cars that come to mind are the NF150, the Saleen Ranger. Another odd one is the Roush 360r. Will anyone remeber the Thunderbolt Ranger in 20 years?
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it doesn't mean a thing, obviously you can see it has been doctored, real saleen's will have authentic documention and plaques....I wouldn't be so quick to assume a CA edition exists cause some dealer/ independent person wants to advertise his doctored "GT" as such...you wouldn't believe how many fake clone cobras I saw last year at the big ford show in PA last year......post the info on a saleen specific site and see what they say

How is it a doctored GT? They both have the same fender stickers, same color car, etc.

Yes, the one I pictured does have newer wheels, but who's to say it ain't legit?


HOSS302 is correct about special eds.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...E:B:EF:US:1123

I guess were a bit special here in CA.

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It does sit VERY LOW! It is very quick as said previous. I do have a plaque with the car. I will get pictures very soon. I dont think it is a fake at all. Original paint and everything.
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Here is a picture of the plaque...

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LOL^^^^^^^^^THAT'S the vin number that is suppose to be affixed in the front lower left corner of the windshield
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How is it a doctored GT? They both have the same fender stickers, same color car, etc.

Yes, the one I pictured does have newer wheels, but who's to say it ain't legit?


HOSS302 is correct about special eds.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...E:B:EF:US:1123

I guess were a bit special here in CA.
It has gt ground effects and a saleen front facia...and non saleen wheels and on the left front top of the bumper saleen authentically numbered which production number it was and I see GT seats...saleens had halo headrests and a 2 inch cowl hood = not a saleen trade mark......bottom line is my 92 has a cobra emblem plastered on it and a saleen wing does that make it a cobra saleen.....ya' know those are the rarest of 'em all ??? but your correct...who's to say it isn't legit????.....without looking it over first hand no telling what it really is but based on visual evidence it doesn't bare the marks of a real saleen
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