Saleen California Edition: 1990 Ford Mustang GT

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Here’s one you don’t see every day: a so-called California Edition 1990 Ford Mustang GT, breathed on by Saleen but not given the full-bore Saleen treatment. At first, I thought this might be a scam or a misprint, but Saleen did in fact sell a small batch of cars modified with Racecraft suspensions and a few other add-ons that made it more compelling than a GT but not as special as an example with the full Saleen treatment. This car is as the factory delivered it aside from the stock seats and TRX wheels, both of which are included in the sale. Find the Mustang California Edition here on craigslist for $17,000 near Reno.

If a proper Saleen got you Flo-Fit seats and a Momo steering wheel, the California Edition stopped short of that, but still giving drivers an upgraded suspension, some great looking American Racing mesh wheels, and the various limited edition badges to make it stand out from the crowd. Supposedly, only 100 of these California Editions were made, and given how infrequently the pop up for sale, we’re inclined to believe those numbers. While a full-blown Saleen is a treat for the eyes, I will gladly take a close second and $10,000 in savings off the asking price.

The seller of this example has chosen to address one of the gaps between a California Edition and a Saleen model by upgrading the seats. I can’t tell if these are cheap knock-offs or genuine Flo-Fits, but it’s at least nice to see they match the biscuit-colored interior. Sadly, this is an automatic-equipped example, and given how few of these models exist, I would be inclined to swap it to a manual. The interior is in great shape, and that’s despite being well-used: there’s close to 100,000 miles on the clock. The seller reports that the car is in great condition and very original, right down to the original carrying bag for the sunroof.

I love the way Fox body cars look on these period-correct and col0r-matched mesh wheels. While the five-spoke alloy wheels are the typical go-to for a Fox body, the car looks so good on BBS-style rollers with the side skirts and front and rear spoiler treatments. The color-matching is extensive on these, all the way down to the cheese grater taillights, so you’ll have to be a fan of the “rad” era to not get overwhelmed by the acres of white paint. Given the obscurity, I’m not sure how collectible this rare California Edition is, but I’d love to own it just for the looks alone. Would you? Thanks to Barn Finds reader Boot for the find.

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  1. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TNMember

    This “special” Saleen is a new one on me. It does look pretty good, especially given the not-low mileage, as long as one likes the ultra-white theme. The automatic hurts it a bit. If you want your Fox Body to be a little different, here you go, but not sure it would carry any extra value. Still, it’s a straightforward collector car in a hot segment of the hobby (i.e. Fox Mustangs).

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    • mike

      I would like to post a picture of my car
      Looks exactly like the one here in the article
      White GT with the same rims but no Saleen badges!
      How do I tell if it is an original Saleen?

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  2. markp

    Ice, Ice, Baby

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  3. Todd Zuercher

    Jeff – those aren’t Flofits. The Flofits look like vintage Recaros.

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  4. Mutt

    California Edition Mustang available up near Reno…
    “No low ballers, I know what I got.” Gotta love Craigslist ads.
    Nice find.

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  5. Oddimotive Cason Oddimotive CasonMember

    Definitely an interseting find. Not sure why TRX wheels are referenced for a 1990 model – I believe 1984 or 1985 would have been the last year with those. Maybe it comes with 1990 “Pony” wheels, although the Saleen would have had the white mesh ones shown. Hmm.

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  6. t-bone BOB

    Located in Rancho Haven, NV

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