Muscle Mustangs & Fast FordsCar Reviews
2008 Boss 302 Trans Am Mustang - The Legend Lives On
Saleen Honors A Legendary Racer With A Mustang Worthy Of His Name.
"The interior is a model of one of his race jackets from when he ran in Indy." The interior revolves around a blue and black color combination, with the seats and door panels featuring blue Alcatera inserts (with white stripes on the seats). The stitching on the seats is also blue, as well as having the Gurney eagle embroidered on the headrests. A Heritage 6-gauge instrument cluster and gauge pod clue in the driver to the happenings underhood. The looks of the interior are enhanced even further with the addition of chrome dash vent bezels, a leather trimmed billet shifter knob and attending short-throw shifter, Gurney Edition graphics and badging, aluminum door sill plates, console plaque, and steering wheel emblem. Add in the Heritage floor mats and performance driving pedals, and you can envision yourself slinging this mod monster around Riverside in 1969.
With the car honoring a racing legend, we would be remiss if we didn't try and rekindle some of the competitive juices and see what Gurney thought of the Saleen car as compared to his old Trans Am car, as well as the PJ Mustang. "A lot of water has crossed over the dam since I ran the Trans Am car, but I would have to say the car compares very well," Gurney says. "I think I would have won more races with the Saleen car. The Mustang has been able to stand the test of time, and this version, with the lighter engine and the addition of the blower, makes for a better combination than the old car.
"Parnelli was a great Trans Am driver, so when we built this car, the juices were flowing. I drove the Parnelli car early on, and felt it was a very good car. It was reminiscent of the old days. When I got to drive my car, a Vista Blue version, along with my son Justin, I didn't do the testing on the same day, nor the same course. I'm very happy with what it has become, though. Compared to the Trans Am car and the Parnelli car, I would have to say my car has an advantage in terms of power to weight."
The price of the Gurney Saleen checks in at $57,731, and there are only 300 built (100 blue, 100 red, and 100 white), so those who get their hands on one will definitely be wheeling a tribute to Gurney, both past and present. We had a Vista Blue Gurney Saleen tester that made its presence known in the parking lot and on the road, just like Dan made his presence known on the racetrack. The car turned heads everywhere it went, both with and without the bold number 2 on the door.
"It's hard to compare this car being built in my honor to anything I have done in the driver seat, but I look forward to meeting those who buy one and drive one," Gurney adds. The only question that remains now is when we get to see Parnelli Jones and Dan Gurney duke it out on the track again, though this time behind the wheel of their respective tribute Mustangs. Thanks to Saleen, that option is open-and we can't wait to get a front row seat.