Ford has unveiled a one-off GT350 modeled after a P-51 stunt plane called “Ole Yeller” that will be auctioned away for charity. Ole Yeller is the latest installation of one-off factory custom Mustangs that Ford has been making for the past 9 years for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) youth education program the Young Eagles; last year it was the Apollo Edition Mustang and the year prior it was an F-35 Lightening II Edition Mustang.
“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.”
Modding the Shelby GT350
The Ole Yeller Sheby GT350 leaves the awe-inspiring Voodoo Engine alone, keeping things right at the stock 526 HP and 429 TQ. The drivetrain and suspension are kept the same as well, with the customization focusing on the exterior and interior appearance.
The exterior uses a custom yellow paint that is adorned with Ole Yeller badging, carbon fiber pieces and mirrors that project images of the aircraft. The cabin of the Mustang carries the theme throughout the custom designed Recaro seats, sill plates, floor mats and aircraft inspired dash gauges.
The S550 Shelby GT350 is the ideal car to represent the infamous Ole Yeller P-51, a plan that still holds the prop record for coast-to-coast travel at 5 hours and 20 minutes.
Ford’s History With the EAA’s Young Eagles
As mentioned previously, this is the ninth edition to Ford’s previously donated for auction. To date, Ford has raised a staggering $3 million through the cars that have been auctioned off for the EAA’s youth programs, namely the Young Eagles, a charity that has provided free introductory flights to over 2 million youths since 1992, helping to inspire the next generation of aviators.
“We’re truly grateful Ford is, and has been, such a committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture for more than 16 years now,” said Jack Pelton, EAA CEO and chairman of the board. “With its ninth Mustang donation, Ford has definitely delivered something exceptional that any auto or aviation enthusiast would love to own. The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang will allow EAA to provide support to our valuable programs helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”
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