2012 Ford Mustang ’Blue Angels’ Nets $400k For Charity
Earlier this month, we told you about the special 2012 Ford Mustang “Blue Angels” edition, built for this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture show auction. Each year, Ford rolls out a one-of-a-kind Mustang to be auctioned at the event, with the proceeds going to benefit the EAA Young Eagles program. In terms of collector cars, it doesn’t get any better than one-of-one built, so the EAA Mustangs typically sell for significant money.
This year’s example was no exception to that rule. When the hammer fell last week, the Blue Angels tribute Mustang had been bid up to $400,000, purchased by an anonymous California bidder. In addition to the unique Mustang, the winning bidder will also receive a Blue Angels flight helmet, signed by pilots and crew of the Blue Angels precision flying team.
The buyer gets a Mustang done up in spectra-chrome blue, complete with the Blue Angels crest and script in “screaming yellow” paint. Under the hood, the 5.0 liter Coyote V-8 gets updates that include a Ford Racing supercharger, allowing it to put out some 624 horsepower. Ford Racing components are also used to beef up the suspension, exhaust and brakes, meaning that the car was built to be driven, not just displayed at car shows.
Although $400,000 may seem like a lot of money to pay for a Mustang, this year’s car sold for significantly less than the record-breaking Mustang AV8R, styled with design elements from the F-22 Raptor. In 2008, AV8R sold at the EAA auction for $500,000.