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July 4, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
Carroll Shelby, meet Steve Saleen. For those who may not remember, Shelby is the guy who put race-car muscle into Ford's sporty Mustang more than 20 years ago. He started in a garage outside Los Angeles and rode his famous Shelby Mustang into a multimillion-dollar business that he eventually sold to Ford. Saleen started in a California garage, too, and the agility and eye-popping speed of his Saleen Mustang have earned it cult status among slightly fanatic driving enthusiasts in just four years.
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June 9, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Steve Saleen made his name selling hyperfast, hyperexpensive cars that were hand-built at his company's Irvine factory. The auto industry will be watching to see how that high-end expertise translates to Saleen's new career: running a company that aims to import the first Chinese cars to the American market. The former race driver is the new chief executive of Irvine-based ZX Automobile Co. of North America Inc., which was formed to import low-priced cars and trucks from China.
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September 18, 1996 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER; John O'Dell covers major Orange County corporations, manufacturing and economic issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5831 and at john.odell@latimes.com
In a marketing campaign aimed at whetting prospective buyers' appetites for his expensive post-factory performance cars, Ford Mustang tuner Steve Saleen has signed a deal with Budget Rent A Car to place more than 300 Saleen S281 Mustangs at Budget lots nationwide by mid-1998.
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August 21, 2004 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
One after another in recent years, the big Detroit car companies have moved operations west. General Motors Corp. launched an advanced design studio in North Hollywood, for example, and Ford Motor Co. relocated the North American headquarters of its Jaguar, Aston Martin, Volvo and Land Rover brands to Irvine. This week, exotic-car builder Saleen Inc. of Irvine went the other way. It opened a state-of-the-art plant in a former door factory in Troy, Mich.
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September 2, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
It might be the ultimate product placement. In the hit movie "Bruce Almighty," actor Jim Carrey's character trades places with God and has his pick of the world. His choice for a car: the sleek, carbon-fiber two-seater Saleen 7. No one was happier about that than Steve Saleen and his 125 employees in Irvine, where the $395,000 S7 is painstakingly hand-built alongside the explosively fast Saleen Mustang, Saleen Inc.'s staple product.
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August 21, 2004 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
One after another in recent years, the big Detroit car companies have moved operations west. General Motors Corp. launched an advanced design studio in North Hollywood, for example, and Ford Motor Co. relocated the North American headquarters of its Jaguar, Aston Martin, Volvo and Land Rover brands to Irvine. This week, exotic-car builder Saleen Inc. of Irvine went the other way. It opened a state-of-the-art plant in a former door factory in Troy, Mich.
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June 9, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Steve Saleen made his name selling hyperfast, hyperexpensive cars that were hand-built at his company's Irvine factory. The auto industry will be watching to see how that high-end expertise translates to Saleen's new career: running a company that aims to import the first Chinese cars to the American market. The former race driver is the new chief executive of Irvine-based ZX Automobile Co. of North America Inc., which was formed to import low-priced cars and trucks from China.
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October 29, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL
Steve Saleen, 49, took a different road to achieve his dream. Though an accomplished racing driver working with the Pontiac factory team, he eschewed General Motors products and went to Ford's motor sports division with his vision: an ultra-fast, road-gripping Mustang that would rekindle the spirit of the famed Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s. Ford bit, and the Saleen Mustang was born.
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August 19, 2000 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The number of California auto manufacturers will double this morning as performance-car tuner Steve Saleen--clearly focusing on the new high-tech and energy wealthy of the world--unveils an all-new "American super car" he says he will build and sell from his headquarters in Irvine.
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November 2, 1997 | PAUL DEAN
F. Scott Fitzgerald should have said that the rich are different from you and me because only they can afford to be precisely what they drive. Think of an over-muscled vehicle that takes up too much room, shows a look best loved by mothers, is square-shouldered and has the strength to budge small buildings. That's the new Lincoln Navigator sport utility. That's also Arnold Schwarzenegger's new vehicle. Tiger Woods is another celebrity tuned to high power and full focus under stress.
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September 2, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
It might be the ultimate product placement. In the hit movie "Bruce Almighty," actor Jim Carrey's character trades places with God and has his pick of the world. His choice for a car: the sleek, carbon-fiber two-seater Saleen 7. No one was happier about that than Steve Saleen and his 125 employees in Irvine, where the $395,000 S7 is painstakingly hand-built alongside the explosively fast Saleen Mustang, Saleen Inc.'s staple product.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2000 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The number of California auto manufacturers will double this morning as performance-car tuner Steve Saleen--clearly focusing on the new high-tech and energy wealthy of the world--unveils an all-new "American super car" he says he will build and sell from his headquarters in Irvine.
NEWS
October 29, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL
Steve Saleen, 49, took a different road to achieve his dream. Though an accomplished racing driver working with the Pontiac factory team, he eschewed General Motors products and went to Ford's motor sports division with his vision: an ultra-fast, road-gripping Mustang that would rekindle the spirit of the famed Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s. Ford bit, and the Saleen Mustang was born.
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September 18, 1996 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER; John O'Dell covers major Orange County corporations, manufacturing and economic issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5831 and at john.odell@latimes.com
In a marketing campaign aimed at whetting prospective buyers' appetites for his expensive post-factory performance cars, Ford Mustang tuner Steve Saleen has signed a deal with Budget Rent A Car to place more than 300 Saleen S281 Mustangs at Budget lots nationwide by mid-1998.
BUSINESS
July 4, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
Carroll Shelby, meet Steve Saleen. For those who may not remember, Shelby is the guy who put race-car muscle into Ford's sporty Mustang more than 20 years ago. He started in a garage outside Los Angeles and rode his famous Shelby Mustang into a multimillion-dollar business that he eventually sold to Ford. Saleen started in a California garage, too, and the agility and eye-popping speed of his Saleen Mustang have earned it cult status among slightly fanatic driving enthusiasts in just four years.
BUSINESS
December 27, 1996 | John O'Dell
Mustang modifier Saleen Performance Inc., which turns Ford's pony car into a snorting stallion, has bowed to the inevitable and entered the leasing business. Used to be, you could only purchase a new Saleen Mustang at one of the handful of Ford dealers the Irvine-based performance car shop has licensed as Saleen outlets.
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January 12, 1995 | John O'Dell, Times staff writer
Ford Motor Co. has gotten a lot of grief lately for rolling out a futuristic 720-horsepower super car, the Ford GT90, then announcing that it is merely a concept car and not destined to be anything more. But fast-car enthusiasts, especially those who favor the Ford logo, need not be too dismayed.
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