Ford is auctioning off a unique 2010 Mustang GT designed to look like a P-51 Mustang fighter plane. Proceeds of the auction will benefit a youth flying organization. Several cool pictures and details inside.
The Ford Mustang AV-X10, a one-off produced by the automaker, is going up for auction at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh event in Wisconsin. Nicknamed "Dearborn Doll," the car will be sold off to raise money for EAA's Young Eagles charity, a program that gives those under 17 the chance to fly in a general aviation craft.
This is not the first time Ford has worked with the charity. The automaker sold off the one-off Ford Mustang AV8R ("aviator," get it?) for $500,000 in 2008.
"Ford Motor Company has been a committed partner of EAA throughout the years and especially during AirVenture, where Ford's support has brought value to those who make ‘Oshkosh' the pinnacle of their aviation year," said EAA chair Tom Poberezny in a press release. "The generous creation of such specialty vehicles allows EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members inspiring young people and building the future of flight."
For this specialty car, Ford started with a 2010 Mustang GT with a glass roof. Ford Racing supplied the exhaust, handling package and supercharger on this car. The car rides one inch lower than a stock Mustang GT, and uses a 550 hp 4.6-liter 24-valve aluminum engine. The designers then tackled the exterior, taking inspiration from the World War II-era P-51 Mustang aircraft. They painted the car in Satin Silver, added a yellow nose and rear wing, and changed the wheels to Shelby's 19-inch model meant for the GT500. The wheels were painted in liquid silver, with the tips in yellow, looking a bit like propellers.
Continuing with an Air Force look, the engineers added a Bader leather interior with a worn look, diamond-tucked seat and door inserts, and a unique instrument cluster. Embedded in the roof is the US Air Force Star and Bar logo.
Naturally, the "Dearborn Doll" pinup girl is painted on the side.
If you want to bid on the Ford Mustang AV-X10, you can do so on July 30 at AirVenture Oshkosh.