1992 FORD MUSTANG SPECIAL EDITION SAAC MK 1

It is a long story concerning the building of the SAAC MK1 MUSTANGS. I will try and condense it for you without losing any of the enthusiasm that went into the dream, the planning and the ultimate goal of a modern day 1965 Shelby GT350.  That was the ultimate goal of the project was to make a modern day 65GT350.  If you are lucky enough to have driven one of these Monsters you know they were built for one purpose only and it was not for comfort.

The biggest disappointment at the time was that Carroll Shelby and Ford has just split and now Shelby was back with his old buddy at Chrysler; Lee Iacocca. Iacocca was the main reason that Ford and Shelby joined together in the 60’s.  One of Ford’s main goals at that time for Shelby  was to help with the TOTAL PERFORMANCE  image that was happening at Ford in the early 60’s.  Iacocca saw what Shelby did for Ford Performance then and he himself had split with Ford so he talked Shelby into working for Chrysler and their performance image. THIS IS THE REASON THAT THESE MUSTANGS WERE NOT CALLED SHELBY’S BUT WERE ULTIMATELY CALLED SAAC MK 1’S. The first few cars at their debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway for SAAC-16 had the name Shelby on them and that brought out the lawyers for Chrysler as he was under contract with them and not Ford. They also could not be called GT350’s because of Shelby’s contract with Chrysler. So with time running out they were named SAAC MK1’s.

The principles behind this fantastic project were SAAC National Directors  Ken Eber and Rick Kopec.

In order to get this plan underway they needed some support from Ford Motor Co. It could not just be anyone either. This person needed to be a true enthusiast and know his way around the Performance Parts room of Ford.  In comes David Wagner who has been characterized as a walking performance parts book.

So this is how it went down as they say: Ken Eber was in charge of the business plan. Rick Kopec was in charge of making the modern day 65 Shelby GT350. David Wagner was in charge of making a parts list of the necessary performance parts and then finding them.

These mustangs had to do the same thing that an original GT350 did, handle well, accelerate quickly and have a good top speed. Here is some of the parts used to accomplish this goal:

·         Adjustable Koni Shocks and struts

·         Lower it 3 inches all the way around

·         Special aluminum 5 bolt SVT wheels    front  17 x 7 ½    rear  17 x 8

·         Tires were gatorbacks    245 x 45 x ZR 17

·         Rear Disc Brakes

·         Subtle differences on the bodywork

·         Driving lights in lower front valence were removed and replaced with brake ducts for the front brakes

·         Special fiberglass panels were made to replace the fake scoops from the GT pieces(there were no fake scoops on the original 65GT350’s

                   and there are none on this Mustang)

·         Mustang LX taillights were installed along with a special LX spoiler.

·         The Le Mans stripes and side stripes were made by the same company that made the original 65 GT350 stripes;   3M

·         The INTERIOR - EXPENSIVE BLACK LEATHER HIGHLIGHTED WITH THE SAAC LOGO PLUS BLUE AND WHITE RACING STRIPES

·         Roll bar that was nicely fitted into the rear of the car

·         Each car had it’s own number and tag in the interior and in the engine compartment with a special tag

·         Very nice blue and white stripes on the seats with SAAC logo

·         THE HEART OF THE BEAST   “THE MOTOR” :

·         DYNO-TESTED 302 MOTOR PRODUCING 295 HORSEPOWER    COMPARE THIS TO THE 93 COBRA WITH 235 HP

·         GT 40 HEADS

·         GT40 upper and lower intake

·         65 mm throttle body and under-drive pulleys

·         Large diameter ceramic-coated headers

·         Stainless steel exhaust with low restriction Borla mufflers

·         Heavy duty Ford Motorsports clutch disc and pressure plate

·         The icing on the cake was SAAC SNAKE CAST ALUMINUM FINNED VALVE COVERS(SIMILAR TO THE COBRA POWERED BY FORD) that were used

                    on the 65GT350’s

·         Plus a magnificent looking SNAKE with SAAC logo emblem on top of the intake

·         The transmissions were 5-speed with a short throw Hurst shifter

·         Most cars had a 3:27  Traction-Lok rear end( THIS CAR HAS A 3;73  Traction Lok)

·         Adjustable Koni’s and struts with higher rate comp. springs and special stiffening brace in the engine   compartment.

·         Ride height was lowered.

THESE CARS WERE ALL HAND-BUILT SO IF A CUSTOMER WANTED TO ADD OTHER OPTIONS IT WAS DONE!! There were 4 of these cars that ended up with Paxton Superchargers AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CARS!! THESE CARS WERE FAST WITHOUT THE SUPERCHARGERS BUT ARE VERY, VERY FAST WITH THE PAXTONS!!

The price of the MK 1’s was $ 39,995 without the supercharger. This was a very expensive Mustang at the time to say the least.

ALL THIS INFORMATION ON THIS CAR WAS OBTAINED FROM THE 1997 SAAC REGISTRY.

I must admit,  when I saw  this project was taking place it did not excite me. It looked interesting but not something I was interested in.  This is the first one of these cars that I have seen in person AND THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING. You immediately notice how much lower the car is and how aggressive it looks.    As you walk around the car you see all the changes that have been made that the casual or un- informed person would not see. Such as the brake hose ducting in the front, the removal of the fake GT air scoop on the side of the car, the LX rear spoiler, the GT 350 Le Mans stripes and the wheels and tires somewhat brings the whole package together. You can tell that this Mustang is something special.

I just showed the car to a real Mustang and Shelby enthusiast and he told me that he had never seen one in person.  He went crazy looking at the car. He  loved the overall aggressive look, the special interior with the roll bar nicely tucked into the rear seat area.  When I showed him the engine with all the special items that were made in very limited numbers he was nothing but all smiles.

The finishing touch was starting the car. When you start it; even when it is just at idle the exhaust sound is very intimidating. Just revving the engine a little bit scares small children and most women.

When this project was started the idea was to make a MODERN DAY 1965 GT350.  I think they did a fantastic job.  I have owned a great number of Cobra’s and Shelby’s over the years including a 65GT350 race car that I have owned for years.  In my opinion, they did a great job on accomplishing what they set out to do. 

I believe these cars are one of those that have not been discovered yet by even most Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts and certainly not by most of the muscle car crowd.  If you compare them to the 93 Cobra which is a neat car and I am very familiar with as I have owned many of them.  Here is the comparison:

Production for 1993 Cobra ........................................4,993

Production for 1992 SAAC MK 1..................................30  -  ONLY 4 HAD SUPERCHARGERS

HORSEPOWER   1993 COBRA........................................235

HORSEPOWER    1992 SAAC MK 1................................295  (ONLY FIGURE THAT I HAVE HEARD SUPERCHARGED CAR IS 460 HP. NOT SURE IF THIS IS  CORRECT OR NOT)                                      

0 TO 60 MPH   COBRA WITH 3:50 REAR END..................................5.9 SECONDS

0 TO  60MPH   SAAC MK1 (295 HP) REAR-END WITH 3:27...............5.2 SECONDS

1/4 MILE  1993  COBRA.............................................................................14.3 @  98 MPH

1/4 MILE  1992  SAAC MK1.......................................................................13.6 @ 102 MPH  (NOT SUPERCHARGED)

TOP SPEED  1993 COBRA..........................................................................140 MPH

TOP SPEED  1992 SAAC............................................................................156 MPH

Even though there are dramatic differences between the data on the SAAC MK 1 and the 93 Cobra remember that these figures are for the car without the supercharger.

Imagine how fast this car would be! I have driven this car and it is really much faster with the Supercharger plus much rarer!!!!!

This car requires a minimal investment compared to some of the 60's Shelby's and I think there is a tremendous upside potential on this car. It also is a real blast to drive!!!!!

Steve  - 281-531-9090 or mustangman048@sbcglobal.net

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