• Oct 21, 2008


Click above for a larger image of the twin-turbo Saleen Parnelli Jones Mustang

There's a special place in our hearts for the Saleen Parnelli Jones Mustang. After a week in the Autoblog Garage we fell in love with the wonderful 302-ci V8, amazingly sharp handling, and Trans-Am inspired looks. If we were to pick any of the current Mustang variants, the PJ would probably be it. Because of the collectability of the car (a total of 500 were produced) we're guessing that most owners have left their cars stock, but one particular owner decided to make his Parnelli Jones Mustang truly unique. How? He added dual 57mm Precision turbos, upgraded forged pistons, aluminum heads, a full three-inch exhaust system, and much, much more. In total, the motor produces 768 horsepower and 769 lb-ft torque -- at the wheels! The look of the car remains completely unchanged, making it as much of a sleeper as a car painted in Grabber Orange can be. The modded Parnelli is now up for sale on eBay Motors, and we're wishing that we had significantly more funding in our bank accounts.

[Source: eBay Motors]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this but, I perfer the SUPER SNAKE and the GT500kr more.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_Mustang

      Only thing is, when you factor in the cost, it becomes alot more economial to go for an SRT8 Charger/300
      • 6 Years Ago
      Saw the standard Saleen / Parnelli Jones Mustang yesterday in Tallinn, Estonia as well. Looks good!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't the fabled GT-R weigh around 300lbs MORE than the Mustang? I agree the Mustang is too heavy, but I bet it's got pretty much room inside.

      Not to mention, the Mustang isn't a Sports Car to begin with. It's a car that people have fun modifying into something faster than it's modest "secretary's car" history. A lot of people, including me, find that cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yummy. That's all I can say. Of course, I'd be happy with 400 normally aspirated hp for daily driving.

      750+ hp is just showing off a bit. :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mr. Ed...would you kindly shut the f*ck up? Thanks.


      And for your information, the Watts Link rear suspension on the PJ should be standard on the Mustang. It gives the best of both worlds. World-class handling, but the durability of a solid axle. Don't follow much GT racing, do you? The Mustang FR500s "run rings" around the Porsches, M3, Vettes, etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The best looking S197 Mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Only time I've seen this car it was broken down here in Lauderdale. Even with the hood open it looked great! :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is bad ass, and it's made even better by the fact that it looks stock. Complete sleeper. Well done.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm betting that the Camaro, with its IRS will prove to be a better handler overall. All cars in this segment are grossly oversize and -weight, and a Miata could run rings around them all on a tight course.
        • 6 Years Ago
        FYI, the camaro and the new Challenger are both heavier then the mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have seen the Parnelli in person and I like the look of the car. The mods do nothing for me as 750 HP on the street is not very useful, but to each his own. Now where is the Mark Donohue Camaro???
        • 6 Years Ago
        Damn thats f-ing amazing ... I would burn all with this machine !!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the Boss 302 looks. The Boss 302 was one hot looking Mustang. Good job Parnelli!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Heh..........a miata.



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