Ford Builds Aviation-Themed Mustang for Charity
It’s a one of a kind muscle car, and its built by the factory. Usually these kinds of cars don’t get into enthusiast hands, but Ford built this one to raise money for charity. It’s called the Mustang AV8R, and it is built with an airplane in mind. It will be featured this August at the AirVenture Oshkosh event in Michigan, and then later sold through auction. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Gathering of Eagles fund, which supports aviation education and preservation.
The car stated life as a 2009 Mustang GT with options including a glass roof, which is a new option on Mustangs this year; special front and rear fascias; integrated spoiler; and Shelby GT500 wheels. Ford Racing then added a handling pack (dampers, lowering springs, anti-roll bar kit and strut tower brace), supercharger and tuned exhaust that will generate 400 horsepower from the aluminum block 4.6-liter, 24-valve V-8 engine. The one of a kind touches include Satin Silver matte paint with Black Gloss accents, "bomber jacket" distressed leather inserts, and an area where notable aviation legends and enthusiasts can sign the car. According to Ford, potential signers may include Chuck Yeager, Jack Roush, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Edsel B. Ford II and Jim Lovell.
It’s only fitting that the Mustang is associated with an airplane charity. According to Lee Iacocca, who is considered the father of the Mustang, although the name “Mustang” was chosen out of a list of animal names for the original production car, one of the concept cars that was the basis for the production version was named after the P-51 Mustang airplane from World War II.