The Saleen S7 was one of the automotive highlights of the early 21st century, a rare instance where a small American firm managed to take on the established European players. It was only made between 2000 and 2004, but now there's an opportunity to own not just an example of this rare beast, but all of the rights associated with making it.
A company called GA Global Partners claims to be selling the intellectual property and all associated parts and designs for the S7, S7R, and the never-produced S5S Raptor supercars. So while you can't order a new Saleen S7 anymore, it seems like it might be possible to build one from scratch again with this arrangement.
The sale will encompass "all remaining inventory, parts, memorabilia, molds, designs, and intellectual property" associated with the S7, S7R, and S5S Raptor. That includes six leftover S7 and S7R chassis, and the actual S5S concept car Saleen brought around to auto shows before the project went bust.
All items are said to have been "kept in safe storage for the past five years," and interested buyers can inquire about placing a bid. Unfortunately, neither an estimated price or reserve was mentioned.
2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo, Los Angeles Auto Show
After years of building a reputation tuning Ford Mustangs, Saleen entered the supercar realm with the S7 in 2000. The car featured a 7.0-liter V-8 with 550 horsepower, and a lightweight space-frame chassis with carbon fiber bodywork. An S7 Twin-Turbo version appeared later, with as much as 750 hp. The S7R was a racing version that competed in numerous international events—including the 24 Hours of Le Mans—and reportedly winning nearly 30 poles.
The S5S Raptor was unveiled at the 2008 New York Auto Show as a possible successor to the S7. It used a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that could run on E85 ethanol, and produce 650 hp. However, the concept arrived just before the 2008 financial crisis, which dampened the market for high-end cars.
Much of this happened without founder Steve Saleen at the helm. He left his namesake company in 2007, started SMS Supercars, and got back into his old groove of tuning late-model muscle cars. He regained control of Saleen in 2012.
More recently, the company has shown a modified 2015 Mustang called the S302, as well as a tuned version of the Tesla Model S. But as of late last year, Saleen appeared to be in financial trouble, incurring an operating loss of $3 million and defaulting on some obligations, according to its own financial statements.