• Dec 1st 2008 at 11:29AM
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Click above for image gallery of the Saleen Ford Windstar

Outrageous minivans are oddities of the train wreck variety. You don't want to, but you just gotta look. And we're suckers for them. Not that long ago we had the ridiculously fast, jet-powered Dodge Caravan, and then there was the show but stock slow Mugen Honda Odyssey.

But what do you think of a Saleen-built Ford Windstar? And, no, it's not a soccer mom special that someone slapped a Saleen windshield header on. This is the real deal. It's got custom-made carbon fiber mirrors, valve covers and steering wheel. The double-nostril hood is custom-made as is the gauge cluster and the fender flares over the Z-rated 18-inch Rikens. Underhood is a Saleen supercharger atop the Ford V6. The eBay auction says more than $100,000 was spent on the monster minivan's production.

So who in their right mind would spend that kind of cash on something originally meant to sit idle in front of daycare facilities? Two words: Tool Time. As in Tim "Tool Time" Allen. Tim teamed up with Steve Saleen several years ago to produce the Saleen Windstar. Just as this prototype was finished, however, Ford redesigned the Windstar and all plans to offer the package for sale were scrapped.

Luckily the van wasn't, and lately has been used as a promotional tool for Port-A-Board, a company that makes collapsible skateboards. It was founded by Brett Gregory, who is a producer of Tim Allen's upcoming movie. And since the Saleen Windstar is still in the family, the winning bidder will get a photo of Tim and the van together can choose to have a photo session with their new vehicle and Tim Allen himself. After six bids, the auction is up to $3,650 without hitting the reserve. You've got six days. Thanks for the tip, Joe.

[Source: eBay Motors]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the only minivan that I would consider. Google it: 1995 Renault Espace F1 Concept

      Here it is on Youtube:

      • 6 Years Ago
      poop. who wants a minivan? seriously, if you want a fast ford get a mustang or if you want something fast get a corvette.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A completely cool waste of money.

      I'm torn.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a 98. Same engine. Same color.

      I've been dreaming about doing this for years.

      If only I had insane amounts of money to blow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its is wellover $20,000 with reserve met, yet one has to wonder, "Who is the f ing idiot to but a $2000 van with some extras that may make it worth $4000 for that kind of money? It has flaws everywhere, will not pass smog regardless of what the seller says and everything on it is falling apart or is cheap!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like it or not, there is a great story behind it. Its the coffee table book of cars, a conversation starter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      at least the front has a slight mean look to it
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they did something to address the weak 4 speed automatic gear box. Like a cooler and/or limited slip diff at least.
      My Mom's Windstar went though 3 transmissions while under the extended warranty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think so, Tim.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was thinking:
      Why doesn't Mazda re-release the MPV as an RWD vehicle? I would love to see a minivan designed as an RWD performance vehicle from the ground up (without losing too much practicality)!
      That said, this thing is EPIC!
      • 6 Years Ago
      $100,000 would easily cover an RL63 which is by far the coolest "minivan" ever (if a minivan can actually be considered cool). With RWD and 500hp V8, it might actually be fun to drive. Its too bad they only imported a few to the US because it would be great to pick up a used one cheap a few year down the road.
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