1992 SAAC MK II
In the mid nineties, a special interest club had the same ideas as Ford in 2005. That is, reunite Shelby to the Mustang and create a sports car that rivals the Chevrolet Corvette.
With its striking stripes and deep front valence this has to be one of the best looking Fox body Mustangs. But more importantly, this car represents a little known chapter in the Mustang/Shelby relationship.
Our feature car comes from the SAAC Car Company, an offshoot of the Shelby American Automobile Club. In 1991, Ken Eber, the SAAC national director, worked with David Wagner of Ford to create a modern interpretation of the legendary Shelby 350. The project was approved by Carol Shelby but the cars could not carry his name since Shelby was obligated to Chrysler, producing performance Dodge Chargers, Omnis and even Dakotas!
Like the Shelby 350, every aspect of the SAAC Mustang was worked over. The main ingredient was a new 302, with GT40 style intakes, large bore exhaust headers and a free-flow Borla Exhaust. Chassis improvements included Koni shocks and struts, high compression springs, rear disc brakes, Traction-Lok differential and a roll bar.
Each SAAC was assembled individually and by hand. The team was very flexible and any bolt on parts could be ordered for the right price. Cars ordered with the full set of standard options where sold as SAAC Snakes.
Eventually SAAC stopped producing cars when Ford released their Mustang Cobra and the all new Mustang was slated for release in 1994. Producing a hand built, limited edition car was a challenge, but an impressive 65 cars were completed. Special models included 17 convertibles, one unique ‘R’ model having 450 bhp.
Featured is one of the few SAAC Convetibles. It has only 124 miles on the odometer and is for sale awaiting its first real owner. Anyone intersted in purchasing this car is encouraged to contact MW Classic Inc at [email protected].
Story by Richard Owen for Supercars.net
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Professionally Tuned Car|
|price $||$ $41995|
|valvetrain||OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl|
|fuel feed||Ford EFI Fuel Injection|
|bore||101.6 mm / 4.00 in|
|stroke||76.2 mm / 3.00 in|
|power||220.0 kw / 295 bhp @ 5500 rpm|
|bhp/weight||203.59 bhp per tonne|
|torque||442.0 nm / 326 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm|
|driven wheels||RWD w/8.8 Traction-Lok Differential|
|steering||Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist|
|curb weight||1449 kg / 3195 lbs|
|wheelbase||2553 mm / 100.5 in|
|gear ratios||3.35:1, 1.99:1, 1.33:1, 1.00:1, 0.68:1|
|0 – 60 mph||~5.2 seconds|
|0 – 100 mph||~12.9 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~13.6 seconds|