This $650,000 used American supercar has one huge advantage over the new Ford GT

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The highly-anticipated 2017 Ford GT, soon to be delivered to 250 lucky owners this year, has one problem: it will be made in Canada.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Canada, but as was the case with the original Ferrari-beating, Le Mans-winning GT40 (built mostly in England), the great narrative of Henry Ford II and America creating a car that could take on the world will always include that small genealogical hitch.

So what if you wanted a true, red-white-and-blue-blooded American supercar? One with, say, 750 horsepower, a 0-60 time under three seconds, and a 248 mph top speed? What then?

Then you would have to turn to Saleen – the small, Californian company famous for its tuned Mustangs – who in 2000 decided to build a supercar of their own: the vaunted S7.

At an RM Sotheby’s auction next month in Detroit, one of the last-ever S7s (of the ultimate, twin-turbocharged edition) will cross the block, and a new owner will claim what is surely the perfect car for the patriotic speed enthusiast.


“The Saleen S7 stood proud against Europe’s supercar establishment as a fully American supercar,” RM Sotheby’s said in a press release.

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Don’t believe them? Just look at those doors.

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This is the last version of the S7, which added two turbochargers and much spiciness to an already ludicrous 427 cubic inch V8.

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The S7 Twin Turbo also included some aerodynamic tweaks which allowed the car to stay planted when the speedometer topped out at 248 miles per hour, or only about 5 mph slower than the original Bugatti Veyron 16.4 could manage.

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This particular example has only 300 miles since new, and received a full service just last month. It even comes with its own custom luggage set.

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The color is “Lizstick Red,” named for Steve Saleen’s wife Liz.

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The auction house estimates a sale price of $650,000 – $750,000.

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