2003 Ford Saleen Mustang S281 S/C

One Owner 12,758 Actual Mile Saleen S281 S/C 4.6L Supercharged EFI V8 5 Speed
Stock #
135442
Body Style
Coupe
Engine
4.6 Liter Supercharged V8
Exterior Color
Dark Shadow Gray
Interior Color
Dark Charcoal
Miles
12758

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Why Buy
  • 4.6 liter Ford SOHC V8 / Saleen screw-type supercharger / 375 horsepower
  • Saleen Racecraft Suspension / Saleen 18-inch wheels
  • Saleen Dark Charcoal leather interior / Factory air conditioning / Ford Mach audio system
  • 1 of 128 S281SC coupes built for the 2003 model year / 1 of 15 decked in gray-on-gray aesthetics
  • Saleen exhaust system
  • Factory power steering / Factory 4-wheel power disc brakes
  • Fully documented
  • Tremec TR-3650 5-speed manual transmission
  • Saleen Air Management Body Kit / Ford Dark Shadow Grey paint
  • 1-owner car that’s logged only 12,758 miles

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1-owner car that’s logged only 12,758 miles
  • 1 of 128 S281SC coupes built for the 2003 model year / 1 of 15 decked in gray-on-gray aesthetics
  • 4.6 liter Ford SOHC V8 / Saleen screw-type supercharger / 375 horsepower
  • Saleen Racecraft Suspension / Saleen 18-inch wheels
  • Saleen Dark Charcoal leather interior / Factory air conditioning / Ford Mach audio system
  • Saleen Air Management Body Kit / Ford Dark Shadow Grey paint
  • Saleen exhaust system
  • Sale includes: Original Saleen window sticker / A copy of the car’s original dealer invoice / A Saleen documentation letter
  • Tremec TR-3650 5-speed manual transmission
  • Factory power steering / Factory 4-wheel power disc brakes

For a little over 33 years Steve Saleen and his team of octane-fueled engineers have turned out some of the most desirable Mustangs the late model market has ever seen. Wrapping serious performance and storied pedigree in aggressive styling that’s inspired by everything from drag cars to Bonneville champions, their value as collector pieces is obvious when they roll off the line. And, as you all know, RK Motors Charlotte specializes in the rare, cool and collectible. With that in mind, we’re pleased to offer 2003 Saleen S281SC number 47. 1 of only 128 supercharged S281 coupes built for the 2003 model year, and 1 of only 15 decked in gray-on-gray aesthetics, this sinister pony has logged only 12,758 miles in the hands of one owner. And if you’re looking for a genuinely enjoyable muscle car that doubles as a very solid investment, it’s your chance to grab a whole lot of fun for not a lot of money!

BODY

More than just a half-hearted paint-and-decal polish, and certainly more than a resto-mod-style engine up fit, the S281SC package included a number of appearance and performance upgrades. And, as you would expect, Saleen’s aggressive panels and subtle visuals fit this Dark Shadow Grey Ford exceptionally well. At the front of the car’s body, a sequentially numbered Saleen fascia anchors a painted grille behind a familiar horse and bright factory headlights. Above that fascia, an S281SC-exclusive hood fronts tinted glass, which reflects an array of Saleen decals in black Ford mirrors. At the sides of that hood, Ford’s famous New Edge profile hangs textured Saleen louvers and small S281 emblems between rare Saleen C-pillars, traditional Saleen decals and seamless Saleen side skirts. At the back of that profile, a flat Saleen wing and bright Center High Mount Stop Lamp shade a small blue oval badge, a small S281SC emblem, a custom Saleen fascia and polished stainless exhaust tips. And overall, this low-mileage coupe is a show-ready time capsule that layers great fit under excellent finish.

DRIVETRAIN

If ever there were a muscle car that had a scowl to match its evil demeanor, this is it! Toss the hood and you’ll find a 16-valve, single overhead cam V8 that, thanks to a Saleen supercharger, port fuel injection and Saleen engine management, twists 375 rowdy horses into 410 lb./ft. of pavement-painting torque. Stout, solid and highly adaptable, Ford’s Teksid aluminum mod motors have spent the last two decades powering everything from Mustangs and street rods to Aviators and Panoz roadsters. Behind that smooth mill, a slick-shifting 5-speed spins torque to Ford-installed gears. That torque transfers through a proven Saleen Racecraft Suspension, which pairs a thick sway bar, custom chassis geometry and custom wheel alignment with stiff springs, upgraded struts and upgraded shocks. At the corners of that suspension, Ford power disc brakes make good use of standard ABS. Turns come courtesy of Ford’s performance-tuned power steering, which communicates well with standard stability control. Exhaust flows through fresh, 2.5-inch pipes, which hang a Saleen crossover in front of Saleen mufflers. And all that first class speed and agility rolls on polished Saleen wheels, which spin 255/35ZR18 Michelin Pilot Super Sports in front of 265/35ZR18 Michelin Pilot Super Sports.

INTERIOR

Inside this low-slung Ford, bolstered Saleen seats feature crack-free leather hides. The car’s dash is a classic Mustang layout that complements familiar, white-face telemetry with Saleen white-face accessory gauges. At the center of that dash, factory climate control and requisite Mach 6-CD audio front a factory console that’s fitted with a close-ratio shifter and a sequential Saleen plaque. That seat, dash and console trifecta is framed by a tight headliner and stain-free carpet, which is protected by Saleen floor mats. In front of the driver, a tilting, leather-wrapped steering wheel sports convenient thumb buttons for the car’s factory cruise control. At the sides of the passengers, crack-free door panels wear Saleen-installed accents. And naturally, all the luxuries you’d expect in a modern muscle car are ready and waiting including: power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, a power driver’s seat and a built in theft deterrent system.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Logging only 9,267 miles since it rolled out of Steve Saleen’s Irvine, California headquarters, virtually every piece of this killer Mustang drop-top retains a factory-fresh glow. The car’s a spotless gem that’s stacked with almost every available bolt-on for the 2002 model year. And if that’s not enough, it’s also been professionally tweaked above and beyond the S281E’s already mind blowing performance. Here’s a breakdown of the original Saleen window sticker that’s included with our sale:

FEATURES INCLUDED AT NO EXTRA CHARGE

Ford Base Components:

  • Air conditioning
  • Mustang Power Group
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Power decklid
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Convenience Group
  • All-speed traction control
  • Mach 460 AM/FM stereo that’s complete with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer

Saleen Base Components:

  • Saleen S281E 4.6 liter 2V V8 that produces 375 horsepower
  • Saleen Series IV screw-type intercooled supercharger
  • Saleen “PowerFlash” performance calibration
  • Saleen muffler and performance exhaust system
  • Saleen X-pipe
  • Saleen performance air filter
  • 3.27 gears
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  • Saleen urethane front fascia
  • Saleen urethane rear fascia
  • Saleen urethane side skirts
  • Saleen louvered side scoops
  • Saleen vented composite hood
  • Saleen S281 rear wing
  • Saleen C-pillar roof treatment
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  • Saleen variable rate front and rear springs
  • Saleen front struts with bushings
  • Saleen rear shocks
  • Saleen front sway bar with pivot bushings
  • Saleen 18×9 five spoke alloy wheels
  • Saleen valve stem caps
  • 255/35ZR18 front and 265/35ZR18 high performance tires
  • High performance chassis tune and wheel alignment
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  • Saleen white faced 200 MPH speedometer and gauge cluster
  • Saleen close-ratio shifter
  • Saleen leather shift knob
  • Saleen performance driving pedals
  • Saleen graphics and identification
  • Saleen championship wreath
  • Saleen rear deck badge
  • Saleen serialized engine bay plaque
  • Saleen serialized console plaque
  • Saleen serialized bumper number
  • Saleen fender badges
  • Saleen painted inserts and custom door panels
  • Saleen floor mats
  • Saleen leather sport seats
  • Saleen key fob

Saleen optional equipment:

  • Chrome alloy wheels ($1,214)

SALEEN SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $43,338

ENCLOSED TRANSPORT: $1,375

SALEEN MANUFACTURER’S SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $45,927


OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

  • The car’s Ford Owner’s Manual and related booklets
  • The car’s original Saleen window sticker
  • A copy of the car’s original dealer invoice
  • A letter from Saleen documenting the car’s provenance

If you’re looking for a premium modern Mustang, this clean Saleen street bruiser is the best of the best! It’s fast, rare, desirable and still in factory-spec condition throughout. Add in OEM quality, and the fact that it’s 1 of only 128 S281SC coupes built for the 2003 model year, and you get an investment-ready piece that’s set to appreciate. Show it, enjoy it, pamper it, but don’t ever forget that the man who built it is all about speed!

Basic

Year
2003
Make
Ford
Secondary Make
Saleen
Model Name
Mustang
Secondary Model
S281 S/C
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Muscle Car
Mileage
12758

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
4.6 Liter Supercharged V8
Engine Number
n/a
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission Type
5 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
Tremec 3650
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM CD Changer
Battery Location
LH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Dark Charcoal
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Leather
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Dark Shadow Gray
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
Yes

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Independent
Rear Suspension Type
Leaf Spring
Axle Specification
Ford 8.8"
Front Wheel Specification
18"
Rear Wheel Specification
18"
Front Tire Specification
255/35ZR18
Rear Tire Specification
265/35ZR18
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Spare
n/a
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Cat-back System

History

Restoration Status
Survivor
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
* Ford Owner's Manual. * Saleen window sticker. * Copy of original dealer invoice. * Letter from Saleen.

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