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2004 Ford Saleen Mustang S281

12180 Mile 1 of 1 Saleen Mustang SC 281 Supercharged 4.6L V8 5 Speed Convertible
Stock #
Body Style
4.6 Liter Supercharged V8
Exterior Color
Deep Black
Interior Color



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2004 Ford Saleen Mustang S281 Black For Sale
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  • 1 of 1 finished in Black Clearcoat/Dark Charcoal leather with black top, silver graphics, and Saleen supercharger
  • Autographed by Steve Saleen
  • Two-owner car
  • 12,203 Original Miles
  • Close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission
  • Supercharged 4.6L V8 producing 375 horsepower and 415 lb/ft of torque
  • Racecraft suspension components


  • 1 of 1 finished in Black Clearcoat/Dark Charcoal leather with black top, silver graphics, and Saleen supercharger
  • 12,203 Original Miles
  • Supercharged 4.6L V8 producing 375 horsepower and 415 lb/ft of torque
  • Autographed by Steve Saleen
  • Close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission
  • Racecraft suspension components
  • Two-owner car

The Mustang has always been one of those cars that does a great job of representing all things to all people. From six cylinder ‘secretary specials’ to fire-breathing Shelby Cobras, enthusiasts have always been able to build pretty much any platform they wanted through either a factory order form or an aftermarket phone number. That said, the most impressive Mustangs are typically those prepared by firms that have an OEM level of expertise but aren’t hamstrung by OEM regulations. And for a little over 30 years, Steve Saleen and his team of octane-fueled engineers turned out some of the hottest cars the late model market had ever seen. Saleen was quick to point out that they were a full-blown manufacturer, as opposed to a mere tuner, and as a result their cars possessed a level of polish most aftermarket entities couldn’t achieve. And that hard work resulted in cars like this low-mileage S281 convertible, one of only 99 convertibles built for the 2004 model year and the only 2004 convertible finished in Black Clearcoat and Dark Charcoal leather interior with the Saleen supercharger, Silver graphics and a Black top, which hold their value amazingly well and enjoy a special place at the top of the Mustang hierarchy.

Just how special is this pristine Saleen? Make no mistake, seeing a top dog pony car selling in this condition is uncommon to begin with; but to find a 1 of 1 survivor that’s been virtually untouched for the entire decade it’s been bolted together is a rare find. With only 12,203 original miles, this car has been methodically maintained and cared for by its previous two owners. It’s also a spotless gem that’s seen absolutely no work, aside from routine maintenance, since it rumbled off the showroom floor. Here’s how this Ford’s original window sticker, which is included with the sale, breaks down.


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
    *Alt – Speed Traction Control
  • Mach 460 AM/FM stereo that’s complete with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer

Saleen Base Components:

  • Saleen S281 4.6 liter V8 2 valve engine producing 375 horsepower and 415 lb/ft of torque
  • Saleen Series IV screw-type intercooled supercharger
  • Saleen “PowerFlash” performance calibration
  • Differential Gear Ratio 3.27:1
  • Saleen performance air filter
  • Saleen muffler and performance exhaust system
  • Saleen urethane front & rear fascia
  • Saleen urethane side skirts
  • Saleen louvered side scoops
  • Saleen S281-E rear wing
  • Saleen lightweight vented composite hood
  • Saleen variable rate front and rear springs
  • Saleen front (N2) struts and bushings / rear (N2) shocks
  • Saleen front sway bar and pivot bushings
  • Saleen five spoke alloy wheels
    - 18 × 9’’ front and rear
  • Saleen valve stem caps
  • High performance tires
    - 255/35ZR – 18 Front
    - 265/35ZR – 18 Rear
  • High performance wheel alignment & tuned chassis
  • Saleen 200 MPH speedo / white faced gauges
  • 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





Finished in Black Clearcoat, S281 number 159 has every trick Saleen knew built right into its sleek New Edge body. Originally delivered to Verner-Cadby Ford in Fairfield, NJ, this awesome blue oval bombshell has been pampered and loved since the day it was new. The car’s fit and finish is exceptional, thanks to the largely hand-built nature of Saleen’s custom add-ons. Its paint is simply amazing thanks to major improvements in Ford’s factory spraying process. And naturally, that paint covers a solid body which has never been subjected to any work of any kind. With its low miles and pristine factory condition, this stunning piece of Saleen history has to be one of the nicest ponies on the planet. And with its status as the only Black convertible with Black top, Saleen supercharger, and Silver graphics built for the 2004 model year, verified by a letter from Saleen that’s included with the sale, it’s probably one of the rarest as well.

More than just a half-hearted paint-and-decal polish, the S281 package includes a number of appearance and functional upgrades. And, as you would expect, Saleen’s aggressive panels and subtle upgrades fit the car extremely well both visually and aesthetically. At the front of the body, a familiar chrome horse and showroom-fresh headlights hang over a custom, sequentially numbered Saleen fascia. Above that fascia, a square-jawed Saleen hood fronts spotless factory glass that’s branded with Saleen decals, flanked by black Ford mirrors and capped by a black canvas top. Below that top, Ford’s famous New Edge side panels hang small “S281 SALEEN” emblems and textured Saleen louvers above traditional Saleen decals and seamless Saleen side skirts. And behind those side skirts, a Saleen wing rides above a small blue oval emblem, a small “S281 SUPERCHARGED” badge, a custom, “Saleen” branded fascia and large, center-exit stainless exhaust tips. If ever there were a muscle car that had a scowl to match its evil demeanor, this is it!


Rated at 375 horses and 415 lb/ft, the 4.6-liter ‘mod motor’ rumbling beneath this Mustang’s lightweight hood is augmented with a Saleen-designed supercharger. And thanks to a Saleen cold air intake and a Saleen PowerFlash tune, the rev-happy mill delivers the goods immediately and has a wide torque curve that thrives throughout the engine’s entire RPM range. Like all modern Ford V8s, this overhead cam champ ramps up in a smooth rush; and when you let it wind out, you’ll appreciate how Saleen’s “Power in the hands of few” motto translates to triple digit speeds and nowhere near slowing down. Additionally, it features a virtually perfect OEM appearance that looks as classic as it is technical. The autographed engine bay is exceptionally clean, with nothing out of place, and honestly, no dirt or other signs of wear. And from a quality standpoint, there’s that familiar combination of first-rate workmanship, OEM-level reliability and raucous idling that Saleen builds have made famous.


It’s no secret that this is one aftermarket firm which staked its reputation on getting Mustangs around tracks at high rates of speed. So it should come as no surprise that the bottom of this S281 is fitted with some of the best ‘faster Ford’ components in the world. Saleen’s suspension upgrades began with Saleen Racecraft sway bars that straighten the curves, progressed to Saleen Racecraft springs, struts and shocks that fine tune the ride, and ended with Saleen chassis geometry and wheel alignment that keeps the power to the ground. Behind Ford’s smooth engine, a quick ratio 5-speed transfers torque to 3.27 gears stuffed inside the rear axle. At the corners of floor, stops are provided by a Saleen four wheel disc brake system that makes good use of Ford’s factory ABS. Turns come courtesy of performance-tuned power steering and a standard stability control system. Exhaust flows through a performance Saleen exhaust system that’s complete with bright stainless tips. And all this first class speed and agility rides on a set of familiar 18 inch Saleen wheels which spin sticky 255/35 front and 265/35 rear Pirelli P Zero radials.


Drop inside this low-slung Ford and you’ll immediately notice that the car’s bolstered sport seats, which feature “Saleen” branded hides, fit like a glove. In front of you a familiar Mustang instrument panel hangs Saleen’s traditional white-face telemetry above Saleen foot pedals. At the side of that instrument panel a Dark Charcoal dash props a duo of Saleen gauges, which monitor the big engine’s boost and intercooler temperature, above familiar Mach 460 6-disc CD changer. Beneath that CD player a slick gray console anchors a small Saleen badge in front of a short throw shifter for the transmission. At the sides of that console, “Saleen” branded floor mats flow toward spruced up door panels which hang body-matched switch plates above “S281” branded kick trim, and inside the glove box is a Steve Saleen autograph. And naturally, all the luxuries you’d expect in a modern muscle car are ready and waiting including: cruise control, intermittent wipers, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, a power driver’s seat and a tilt steering wheel. It’s always hard to describe a car that is essentially new in every way. So I’ll just sum this S281 up by saying that everything from its ice cold air conditioning to its power convertible top and remote keyless entry is pristine and in excellent working order.


  • Saleen Letter of Authenticity
  • Saleen Window Sticker
  • Ford Owner’s manual and related booklets.
  • Dealer Invoice from 2005
  • Misc. Service Records
  • Saleen Decal
  • Speedster convertible top cover

This low mileage S281 has mind-boggling power, has been immaculately preserved and is probably one of the most collectible modern Mustangs your money can buy. It’s essentially a new car with a roster of well-engineered components that add both performance and prestige. And best of all, you can buy it for a fraction of what the sticker said just 12,000 miles ago! Don’t miss your chance to own one of the coolest Mustangs ever built.


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Model Name
Secondary Model
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Muscle Car

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Engine Size
4.6 Liter Supercharged V8
Engine Number
Fuel Specification
Fuel Delivery System Type
Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission Type
5 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
Transmission Number


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


Interior Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console


Body Style
Safe Body Color
Deep Black
Paint Type


Front Suspension Type
Rear Suspension Type
Leaf Spring
Axle Specification
Ford 8.8"
Front Wheel Specification
Rear Wheel Specification
Front Tire Specification
Rear Tire Specification
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Cat-back System


Restoration Status
Mileage Since Restoration
Awards Summary
Historical Documents Summary
* Saleen Letter of Authenticity. * Saleen window sticker. * Ford Owner's Manual and booklets. * Dealer Invoice from 2005. * Miscellaneous service records. * Saleen decal.

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