The annual EAA AirVenture event has been, at least for the past few years, a showcase of sorts for the Ford Mustang.
That’s because every year, a special edition, aviation-themed Mustang is always in attendance, ready to be auctioned off for the benefit of the EAA’s Young Eagles Program. Last, year the "Blue Angels" Mustang was sold for a whopping $400,000 and before that the "SR-71" Mustang fetched $375,000 in 2010 and the "Dearborn Doll" Mustang went for $250,000 back in 2009.
For this year’s event, Ford and tuning shop Creations N’ Chrome are teaming up to present the latest auction-ready, aviation-themed Mustang: the Red Tails.
The “Red Tails” Mustang was designed as a tribute vehicle to the first African American aviators in the United States Army Air Corps, in particular to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. As a way to pay homage to them, Ford specifically chose the Mustang model that carried the VIN #00051 in honor of the P-51 Mustangs the airmen flew in their time.
The Red Tails Mustang will on display from July 23rd to 26th, 2012. On July 26th, the car will head out to the auction block where it will be sold for charity.
Find out more details about the Ford Mustang "Red Tails" Special Edition after the jump
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The Mustang Red Tails distinguishes itself from the rest of its kind by the inspiration it bears, which is to say the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. With the help of the folks from Creations N’ Chrome, the special edition Mustang was given an initial layer of gloss black followed by the tuner’s own Magic Chrome finish. From there, the car was given two Factory Ford colors - Race Red and School Bus Yellow - before getting dressed up in the same color scheme of the P-51 Mustang with matching hand-painted graphics.
Moving on to the aero kit, the Red Tails Mustang comes with a variety of new Ford-sourced components, including a front fascia and grille that was taken from the 2013 Mustang Boss 302. The rear wing comes from the 302 Laguna Seca while the rear fascia, and the quad exhaust system were spiked from the 2013 Shelby GT500. A unique quality of the Red Tails Mustang, if you look closely, are the functional exhaust pipes on both sides of the car, just behind the front wheels. Those are inspired by the protruding tips from the P-51 Mustang
Inside, a number of additions to the Red Tails Mustang also bear the same theme, particularly the new set of custom leather Recaro seats that feature a Red Tails embroidery. Meanwhile, the steering wheel comes from the Boss 302 and has been covered in Alcantara. while the customized sill plates and floor mats bear the 332nd Fighter Group logo. Other interior features include red-trimmed seat belts, an aluminum shift knob, and one-off gauges with the Red Tails logo.
The Ford Mustang Red Tails Special Edition will carry a 5.0-liter V8 engine that now has a Ford Racing supercharger added to it with the output pegged at 624 horsepower.
Expected Auction Price
Judging from previous Mustang models that have been auctioned off at the EAA event, expect the Red Tails Mustang to hit close to the $400,000 winning bid of last year’s model, the Blue Angels Mustang.
- Love the design
- Improved performance
- Serves a special purpose
- Might be out of our price range
- Just a one-off model