Ford’s latest aviantion-inspired Mustang is unique and sports a big, carbon-fiber wing

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang was unveiled in December 2013 and went on sale for the 2015 model year. The redesigned pony car is a significant departure from its predecessor, being the first to feature an independent rear suspension, among many other modern features. The new Mustang is also the first that’s sold globally, and the first to receive a right-hand drive version from the factory. Also, it’s the first Mustang since the third-generation car to feature a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.

Much like its predecessor, the sixth-gen Mustang spawned many special-edition and higher-performance models in its first couple of years on the market. One such model is the "Ole Yeller." Created to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education events, this is a one-off muscle car based on the Shelby GT350. The ninth aviation-inspired Mustang built by Ford for the EEA since 2008, the "Ole Yeller" pays homage to the P-51D Mustang aircraft with the same name. One of the most recognizable planes in the world, the "Ole Yeller" still holds the prop plane record for coast-to-coast travel at five hours and 20 minutes, set in 1985.

The unique GT350 is also a tribute to R. A. “Bob” Hoover, who is widely considered the founding father of modern aerobatics and thrilled airshow fans piloting “Ole Yeller” for more than 20 years. In 1997, Hoover sold "Ole Yeller," but the plane still flies frequently and is based at the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, Idaho.

The "Ole Yeller" GT350 will be donated and sold via auction at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on July 28 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. All proceeds will benefit EAA’s youth education programs, including the Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to two million young people since 1992.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang Shelby GT350.

What makes the Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang Shelby GT350 special

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Mostly a standard Shelby GT350 on the outside, the "Ole Yeller" wears a custom livery combining bright-yellow and gloss-black colors, with the former paying tribute to the Mustang plane the car is inspired from. The livery layout is unique to this model, with black adorning the pillars and edges of the roof, as well as the base on the windscreen, and the edges of the hood bulge. The other two important features that set it apart from a standard model are the custom wheels and the massive wing atop the trunk lid. The downforce-enhancing element is made from carbon-fiber and has green accents, just like the side mirrors. This color is also borrowed from the "Ole Yeller." Speaking of green, the coupe is also equipped with green lights underneath. The special badges on the front fenders and wheels are further hints that this is no regular Shelby GT350.

Inside, the "Ole Yeller" comes with custom Recaro seats, bespoke side sills, and floor mats with unique logos. The dashboard also features aviation-inspired gauges. The only official photos that shows a bit of the interior reveals that the coupe also has green ambient lighting.

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Under the hood, the "Ole Yeller" is a standard Shelby GT350. This shouldn’t be disappointing, though, as the muscle car is equipped with a 5.2-liter V-8, flat plane crank engine good for 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet. These figures make the GT350 the most powerful, naturally aspirated Mustang ever created. All that oomph travels to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and enables the coupe to hit 60 mph from a standing start in only 4.5 seconds. A specially tuned sport suspension keeps the GT350 on its best behavior on both the road and the track.

There is no estimate as to how much the "Ole Yeller" will fetch at the auction, but it’s safe to assume it will attract bids in excess of $500,000.

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Read our full review on the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 here.

Press Release

Ford Motor Company has created the most track-ready and road-legal Ford Mustang to benefit Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education programs, including the Young Eagles. The aviation-inspired Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang will be donated and sold via auction at the Gathering of Eagles charity event – the ninth straight year Ford has donated a car – on July 28 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang features a custom yellow exterior finish with “Ole Yeller” accents and badging, unique carbon fiber components and mirrors projecting images of the aircraft. The interior incorporates specially designed Recaro seats, sill plates, floor mats with unique logos and aviation inspired gauges.

Bred from the ultra high-performance and limited production, Shelby GT350® Mustang, it features a 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 engine with Flat Plane Crank. Boasting the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine Ford has ever produced, the Shelby GT350 generates a heart-pounding 526 horsepower and exhilarating 429 lb-ft of torque. This powerhouse is mated to a TREMEC® 6-speed manual transmission and features a specially tuned sport suspension, making it the most track-ready, road-legal Mustang ever produced.

“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.”

“Ole Yeller,” with its bright, eye-catching yellow exterior, is one of the most recognizable P-51D Mustangs in the world. It still holds the prop plane record for coast-to-coast travel at 5 hours and 20 minutes, set in 1985. R. A. “Bob” Hoover, known as a pilot’s pilot, will be forever linked with “Ole Yeller.” Hoover is widely considered the founding father of modern aerobatics and thrilled airshow fans piloting “Ole Yeller” for more than 20 years. In 1997, Hoover sold "Ole Yeller" to his good friend John Bagley of Rexburg, Idaho. "Ole Yeller" still flies frequently and is based at the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, Idaho.

The auction of the Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang will be the pinnacle of the EAA Gathering of Eagles gala. The event annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of EAA’s youth education programs, which inspire young people to become engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists and innovators – the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit EAA’s youth education programs, including the Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to 2 million young people since 1992, helping grow 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.”

The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang joins eight other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the auction in support of EAA youth education. Ford vehicles donated at EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised $3 million.

Previous years’ unique aviation themed Mustangs created to support EAA’s youth education programs, including Young Eagles, were:

2008 – Mustang AV8R, with cues from F-22 Raptor, which helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered an auction contribution of $500,000
2009 – AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang, crafted in honor of the World War II aircraft
2010 – Two automotive icons – the late Carroll Shelby, former U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, longtime P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet
2011 – Blue Angels Mustang, created to celebrate 100 years of U.S. naval aviation
2012 – Red Tails Mustang, to pay homage to Tuskegee Airmen – courageous squadron of P-51 Mustang pilots who were the United States’ first African-American military airmen
2013 – U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang, built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team
2014 – F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang, which featured design cues from the world’s most advanced multirole fighter jet – the F-35 Lightning
2015 – Apollo Edition Mustang paid homage to the Apollo spaceflight program, which delivered astonishing innovations in technology and landed the first human on the moon.

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The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang will proudly be on display all week in the Ford hangar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. To participate in the auction, interested parties must prequalify by contacting the EAA development office at (800) 236-1025 or donor@eaa.org.

The Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang exterior and interior were designed by Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt. Interior enhancements were supported by Ford Designer Nicole Rush and the Ford design fabrication team. The custom modifications were performed by MAD Industries, led by Chris Mangum. Additional contributors to the project include Ford Performance, Brembo, Carbon 2 Carbon, BASF Refinish, Pirelli Tires, Diode Dynamics, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, sPOD Power Distribution & Switching Components, 3M Window Films, PIAA, APR Performance, Rosen Electronics, FOCAL/The Source AV, Odyssey Battery, Recaro, Northern Engraving, Miko, American & Efird, Takata Holdings, Inc., Forgiato Wheels, Coverkings, L&G Enterprises and Signature Performance Tire & Wheel.

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