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1998 Ford Explorer Saleen XP8 Up For Auction

It isn’t exactly every day that we come across a Ford Explorer Saleen XP8 for sale – and for very good reason, given the fact that only around 300 of them were built in total. In fact, it’s been a few years since we last saw one of these high-performance SUVs surface at auction, though YouTuber Doug DeMuro did manage to get his hands on one for a formal review last July – an example that was also auctioned off at the time. Now, those that want to purchase a 1998 Ford Explorer Saleen XP8 have another chance to do so, as this 72k-mile example is currently up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.

1998 Ford Explorer Saleen XP8 - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

This particular Ford Explorer Saleen XP8 is number 29 built, and it’s also just one of two produced that were finished in Ebony over Medium Prairie Tan leather upholstery. It’s equipped with all of the unique features we’ve come to expect from the XP8, including Saleen’s own front fascia, side skirts, door cladding, rear valence, rear wing, and graphics, plus Speedline 18-inch five-spoke magnesium wheels. The seller notes that the hood and roof have been repainted, and the carbon fiber mirror caps are faded as well.

1998 Ford Explorer Saleen XP8 - Interior 001

There are a few flaws marring the SUV’s interior as well, including a cracked driver’s side seat bolster, a scratched rear entertainment system display, and the center of the stereo screen doesn’t light up, either. Otherwise, this is a pretty clean cabin with amenities including a power-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, cruise control, and the Mach audio system.

1998 Ford Explorer Saleen XP8 - Engine Bay 001

Pop the hood, and one will find Ford’s 5.0L V8, which has been enhanced with a Saleen supercharger that boosted output up to 286 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque. With a host of suspension upgrades, the XP8 was a solid performer during its heyday – but perhaps more importantly, it’s also a rare and rather cool piece of Blue Oval history, in general.

We’ll have more cool auction finds to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Saleen news, Ford Explorer news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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