The unique Ford Mustang Ole Yeller which the company had prepared as their contribution to this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, became one of the stars of the even’t charity auction, bringing in a remarkable $295,000. This made up a big chunk of the more than $3 million raised in support of Young Eagles program.
Inspired in its design by the legendary P-51D Mustang aircraft and pitched as the most track-ready road-legal pony car ever, Ford Mustang Ole Yeller boasts some juicy specs beginning with a carbon fiber aero kit, Forgiato wheels, yellow exterior finish, and a custom interior featuring Recaro seats, sill plates, floor mats with unique logos and aviation inspired gauges. Power comes from a Shelby GT350‘s 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 engine with Flat Plane Crank, developing 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, channeled to the rear wheels through a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission.
“This year’s one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang honors two aviation greats, the iconic and historic P-51D Mustang fighter plane, and highly decorated fighter pilot, test pilot and air show performer, Bob Hoover, who is referred to by many as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “The Shelby GT350 Mustang, with its nimbleness, speed and aerodynamics, provided us with the perfect platform to create this tribute to the P-51D aircraft. Through this project, we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA youth education programs.”