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

In Detail

tags ford, mustang
submitted by Richard Owen
type Professionally Tuned Car
built at USA
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
compression 9.2:1
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
front tires 245/45ZR17
rear tires 245/45ZR17
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
curb weight 1449 kg / 3195 lbs
wheelbase 2553 mm / 100.5 in
transmission Mustang 5-Speed
gear ratios 3.35:1, 1.99:1, 1.33:1, 1.00:1, 0.68:1
final drive 3.27:1
0 – 60 mph ~5.2 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~12.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~13.6 seconds