Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
July 25, 2014
Photos By: Jerry Heasley

If you have devoted your life to writing about Mustangs, there are certain models you're honored to write about. For the dude clicking at the keys on this laptop, writing about Bob Hahn's '92 SAAC MK I presents that opportunity. I fell in love with the SAAC cars when they first came out, since I am in the Fox Mustang generation.

Rich Kopec, president of the Shelby American Automobile Club, had the idea to build the SAAC cars, and had Carroll Shelby's blessing. All the MK I's, like this one here, were all white with blue stripes. The MK II's were built as '93 models, but all of them actually had '92 Ford VINs. The MK II's were available in the white with blue stripes, red with white stripes, and black with gold stripes. The MK II was also available as a convertible.

It was pretty hot for its time; a GT-40 intake on top of GT-40 heads with custom SAAC valve covers and even goodies like shorty headers and underdrive pulleys make up the special SAAC engine upgrades.
Bob’s SAAC MK I has just 77 miles on it. An unbelievable feat of restraint if you ask us Fox fanatics!

The MK I came with GT-40 heads, a GT-40 intake, a 65mm throttle body, underdrive pulleys, ceramic-coated shorty headers, and Borla "low-restriction mufflers." Furthermore, the cars came with Koni adjustable shocks and struts, a heavy-duty clutch, a Hurst shifter, four-wheel disc brakes on a five-lug conversion, Simmons wheels, and front brake ducting. The MK I also featured custom leather upholstery, and the Le Mans and side stripe package. For all of this the MK I stickered for … ahem ... $39,995. Bob opted for the Kenwood stereo system with CD player, and a remote keyless security system to arrive at $42,394. MK I total production arrived at 30 cars.

Bob Hahn of Maryland belonged to SAAC when the cars debuted at the SAAC convention in Charlotte back in 1990 or 1991, he can't remember, and is still a card-carrying member today. He had a friend of his at the convention and when said friend came home he showed Bob the brochure on the SAAC MK I that he had picked up at the convention. There was a credit application as part of the sales brochure, and Bob sent his in right away. Obviously, as you can see, Bob was approved. Bob is still amazed that he was able to buy the car using personal checks. He gave an $18,000 check to Gorno Ford, and then a $24,000 check to the SAAC Car Company, and Bob picked up the car at Watson Engineering.

The SAAC featured custom upholstered stock seats and door panels. You’ll also notice the SAAC four-point bar with custom stitched and matched covering as well.
The SAAC MK I was delivered with a full hatch of goodies, including a car cover, leather travel bag, and more.
Bob’s SAAC MK I was so special that the dealer had it on display in their showroom before Bob took delivery of it. Here, in a photo provided by Bob, he poses with his SAAC MK I behind the red ropes the dealer setup to keep people from getting too friendly with the $40K car, which was a huge amount of money for a car at that time.

Bob had never even pulled a car trailer before, but he drove from Westminster, Maryland, bought an enclosed trailer in White Pigeon, Michigan, picked up the car, and towed it home. For Bob, "It was that Carroll Shelby had returned to a Ford product." That's what made Bob buy the car. And he liked the design, and he liked the Fox Mustang. Lightweight, he liked the interior, and he had to have one. Bob was a police officer (he's retired now), and he even took a home equity line of credit to buy the car. "The interest rate was lower," Bob says. He really wanted the car pretty bad.

"I figured it would be a special car, and with his Boss he would always hear about people who owned lower-mileage cars, and he didn't want to hear the same about the SAAC car. "I drove it once to go get a pizza, and I got caught in a heavy downpour. I waited till it quit raining, drove it home, and haven't really driven it since." His Boss has 77,000 miles since that was his primary transportation back at that time. That explains the SAAC car's 77 miles. Guess it doesn't leave the house very often.

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