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Shelby turns focus to beach cruisers

Despite Saleen Performance Vehicle’s retraction from the Mustang-tuner marketplace, the latest creation to wear the Shelby name does not signify that the Mustang tuner monopolizes the marketplace or that it wants to sit back and dabble in other projects. It still has to worry about the real Saleen—Steve Saleen and his company SMS Supercars. But that won’t stop Shelby from working with a well-known bicycle manufacturer to offer a limited edition beach cruiser that will wear Carroll Shelby’s signature.

Felt Bicycles has announced a licensing agreement with Carroll Shelby to build a limited-edition beach cruise dubbed the Shelby Cruiser. Each bike wears “blue dot” tires designed to resemble automotive racing tires and the infamous Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue colors. The Shelby Cruiser will be available through Felt Bicycles for $999.

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2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet

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Posted on: 5/13/2011 at 9:27 AM
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Upcoming Leake auction features 13 exotics for charity

Thanks to a generous donation from a private collector, 13 exotic cars will be auctioned off at the Leake Car Auction in Dallas, Texas, November 19–21, 2010, to benefit the Jesse Tree charity. Jesse Tree is a faith-based organization that works to connect people with the care and help, including health care, social, and ministerial services, in their time of need.

The baker’s dozen from Tony Buzbee’s, a hard-fighting lawyer, private collection includes a 2006 Saleen S7, 2008 Spyker C8 Spyder, 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago, 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo, 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish S, 2007 Bentley Azure, 2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, 1974 Volkswagen Thing, 1930 Ford Model A, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, 2008 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Convertible, 2005 Ford GT Coupe, and a 2002 Ferrari F360 Spider.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for children. Leake Car Auctions anticipates that 500 cars will cross the auction block that weekend.

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Leake Auction Charity Cars

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A look back at duPont REGISTRY's Top 100 Cars of the Century

In 1999, the duPont REGISTRY held a survey where it asked its subscribers and the visitors to its web site to pick the 10 best cars of the century. Using those opinions, along with the picks from a number of notable persons like Mario Andretti, Don Panoz, Carroll Shelby, and Reggie Jackson, it compiled a list of the Top 100 Cars of the Century and dedicated a special book to its cause (in a way it was the precursor to our annual editorial-based Exotic Car Buyers Guide). The book hit newsstands before the turn of the century and was a great success. Today we are going to take a look back at that list and reminisce on what cars were picked and why and compare it to how those cars would probably rank exactly 10 years later.

Taking the number one spot on our top 100 list was the Lamborghini Diablo. Unveiled in production trim in Monte Carlo in January 1990, the Diablo was in its ninth year and still being produced at the time the book was written. We praised the “devil” for its “staggering 530 bhp from the…5.7-liter V-12,” and “0-60 mph acceleration under 4 seconds.” In the review we wrote “Lamborghini is rumored to be working on the next generation supercar. Though it’s hard to believe, they will create an automobile that will surpass our number one car in speed, power, and aerodynamic style.” Of course none of us knew the Lamborghini Murciélago was going to be so fast and so powerful and garnish as much admiration from the motoring public with its stout 580-hp 6.2-liter V-12 engine as it did. However, looking back, we can’t help but think that if a Lamborghini were to make the top ten list, shouldn’t it be the Lamborghini Countach? A model that has influenced the styling of all the company’s cars for the past 40 years.

Continue our look back at the top 100 cars of the last 100 years.

Lamborghini Diablo Number One

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Saleen S7 designer, Phil Frank, celebrates Le Mans win

Designer of the Saleen S7, Phil Frank, is celebrating his crowning achievement: The #50 Saleen S7R campaigned by Larbre Competition won the last GT1 classification race held at the 78th running of 24 hours of Le Mans.

Saleen S7 sketch

“This is very proud moment for me," said Phil Frank, "ten years ago I had just completed my design work on the S7. I had been providing design consulting for Saleen for about seven years at the time, including two generations of Saleen Mustangs, a Saleen Explorer, a Saleen Focus, and the Saleen SR Mustang race car. The later was the precursor to the S7, as it took more time to convert a Mustang into a true competition car than to start from a clean sheet of paper. And thus my design and development work began.”

Phil explains, “December 19, 1999, Portland, Oregon, the design work for the S7 officially began in my humble basement studio of my home. At the time I was employed by Nike Equipment as a watch designer, so my S7 design work took place during my second shift, from 9 p.m. to 1, 2, or even 3  a.m., I knew it was time to sleep when the RML engineers in England responded instantly to my emails!”

Phil continues, “For the next four months I pioneered and completed the first complete digital development of the body and interior of a production car, if you can believe it using Rhinoceros3D 1.0! We went from 3-D data to production surfaces with just one 1:5 scale CNC model in between.”

Saleen S7 Model

August 19, 2000 the S7 debuted at Pebble Beach, just eight short months after the initial sketches were put to paper; an amazing achievement. The S7R race version was introduced shortly afterwards in 2001, where it went on to win all four of the Championships in which it competed that year including: the driver's championship of the American and European LeMans Series', the American Grand Am Series, and the FIA GT Championship.

Says Steve Saleen: "The Saleen S7R is the most successful racing car ever to come out of the United States. After having won at virtually every major race track in the world, the win at LeMans represents the crown of motor racing. The almost entirely trouble-free race for the Saleen S7R underlines the excellence of this almost ten year old design."

Photos Courtesy of Phil Frank Design

Phil Frank with Saleen S7

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Posted on: 6/15/2010 at 4:49 AM
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2010 Exotic Car Buyer's Guide

duPont REGISTRY's 2010 Exotic Car Buyers Guide is your ultimate source on the newest exotic and luxury cars and accessories. This issue offers modified exotics, a wheel guide, and more than 110 reviews of the top exotic and luxury cars from all the premium manufacturers.

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Steve Saleen's annual open house and car show is this weekend

Steve Saleen is putting on his annual SMS Car Show and open house in Corona, California, on Saturday, September 12, 2009, between 10 AM–4 PM. The show is designed to celebrate Saleen tuning and is offering a vast variety of classes—from the 2003–2008 Saleen S7 to the 1984–1986 Mustang SVO—for owners to enter their cars in. Day-of-the-show entry fee is $35. For more information, click here to view its flyer.

[via Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club]

2009 SMS Auto Show

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Posted on: 9/10/2009 at 10:34 AM
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Old Saleen releases 435S

The 435S carries the Saleen name but is not a product vouched for by the man behind that well-known moniker, Steve Mark Saleen. The Saleen designation is now carried by MJ Acquisitions and the 435S is a product of the new owners of the Saleen name but still under the expertise of the people that make up Saleen Performance Vehicles.

As you may remember, Steve Saleen has gone on to create a new company, SMS Supercars, and is currently in a legal dispute with MJ Acquisitions over the use of the Saleen nameplate.

The 435S is powered by a 4.6-liter supercharged V-8 making 435 hp and 425 lbs.-ft. of torque and connected to a new short-throw 5-speed manual transmission. The car uses a Racecraft suspension, which lowers the car by 1.5 inches and improves handling. A body kit and 18-inch alloy wheels have also been added.

[via MotorAuthority]

Saleen Mustang 435S

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Posted on: 7/27/2009 at 4:42 AM
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Saleen sues for Saleen name

Steve Saleen has filed a lawsuit against MJ Acquisitions to stop the company from selling its Saleen Inc. assets to a new company that plans to modify cars under the Saleen name.  In the lawsuit, Steve asserts that the Saleen name was not transferable to any other buyers besides the initial purchasers.

"It amuses me that faceless executives and wannabes are trying to misrepresent themselves as some kind of continuation of Saleen, which they are not," Steve Saleen said in the statement. "SMS Supercars is the true Saleen. It is the only company that I endorse, the only company entitled to use my name, and legacy, and the only company that carries my signature on its products, because they are my products. The legal action we have undertaken today will emphasize once and for all that the only genuine Saleen products are mine."

As you may recall, Steve Saleen first sold the assets to Saleen Inc. to a group of investors nearly two years ago. Shortly after Saleen walked away from the business and left it to his investors, the assets of Saleen Inc. were sold to MJ Acquisitions. Some news was made when MJ Acquisitions decided to no longer honor existing warranties and Steve Saleen’s new company, SMS Supercars, declared that they would be covering the warranties despite having no legal obligation to do so.

[via Motor Trend]

SMS Mustang

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Posted on: 7/20/2009 at 4:40 AM
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SMS to honor old Saleen Inc. warranties

Steve Saleen and his new company, SMS supercars, will be honoring the warranties of Saleen Inc. despite having left the company two years ago. Saleen said he will be covering any warranties for any Saleen Inc. product purchased on or before Febuary 2, 2009.

“The ones who have been left out in the cold are the loyal customers of Saleen products. While my new company, SMS Supercars, has no legal or moral obligation to take up any of the warranty claims against Saleen, Inc. or MJ Acquisitions, Inc., I would like to make a bold statement on the right way to treat customers.”

Steve Saleen retired from Saleen Inc. in 2007. Hancock Park LLC, which owned a large share of the company, sold a majority share of the company’s assets to MJ Acquisitions earlier this year. MJ Acquistions has since stated they will not be honoring any warranties of the old company.

“I was saddened about the way the current owners of the proud company I founded, and which held onto my name after my departure two years ago, have now dealt with my loyal and longtime customers.” said Saleen.

[via MustangBlog]

SMS honors old Saleen warranties

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Saleen warranties now null & void

Those Saleen owners needing dealer-provided in-warranty repairs of Saleen components are likely to incur an unforeseen out-of-pocket cost that may not be reimbursed, due to unfortunate circumstances with the financial condition of the brand's former owners, Saleen, Inc.

After announcing it was seeking a buyer last Fall due to the recent and current economic conditions, Saleen, Inc. was on a direct path to cease all operations for public business as of February 01, 2009. After a brief period of negotiations, MJ Acquisitions stepped-in as a bailout action and purchased certain assets of Saleen, Inc. on January 30, 2009. This transaction was an effort to keep the brand from becoming completely extinct.

The now-former owner of the brand, Saleen, Inc., has just announced it has ceased all operations. Saleen, Inc. is responsible for warranties existing before February 2, 2009, and thus regrettably it has been announced that they are now unable to honor any warranties on any of its parts, services, and vehicles including cars, trucks, and aftermarket parts prior to this date.

Furthermore, it has been stated that Saleen, Inc. is responsible for parts and labor costs on all vehicles with a remaining Saleen, Inc.-backed factory warranty – those currently in the hands of owners, as well as those that may remain on showroom floors.

It was emphasized in the letter to dealers: "MJ Acquisitions, Inc. is not responsible or obligated to cover warranties and/or any financial liabilities of Saleen, Inc."

It was also expressed that the team at MJ Acquisitions does apologize for the hardship this places on its valued customers, and they understand that this will impact all parties, as it would with any automotive manufacturer closing its doors.

[via Need2Speed.com via Saleen Forums]

Saleen Dark Horse Mustang

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Posted on: 3/9/2009 at 4:28 AM
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