Proceeds from the one-offs auctions go to programs that help interest kids in flying.

Ford’s latest one-off for the annual EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, pays tribute to one of the fastest P-51D Mustangs to ever be in the air. The only appropriate vehicle to give the plane its proper respect is a customized 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang. Maybe someone buying the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 can purchase this coupe and have a garage full of aircraft-inspired performance cars.

Known as Ole Yeller, Bob Hoover’s P-51D holds the record as the fastest prop-powered aircraft to cross the United States with a time of 5 hours and 20 minutes, and it has a history as the pace plane at the Reno National Championship Air Races. To give it a fitting homage, the GT350 wears eye-popping yellow paint with black stripes and green accents. “Ole Yeller” appears on the rear fenders, and there’s a big wing at the back, which should keep the coupe from flying away. The exterior’s one misstep is the neon green lighting that looks gaudy with the rest of the attractive upgrades.

The yellow and black motif continues inside on the seat bolsters, stitching and steering wheel, and it looks fantastic. The big Recaros can hold occupants tight for a cross-country journey. “Ole Yeller” also appears on the door panels.

Power remains stock, but it should be plenty. The GT350 uses a 5.2-liter V8 with a flat-plane crank to pump out 526 horsepower (392 kilowatts) and 429 pound-feet (582 Newton-meters) of torque. The powerful engine sends muscle to the ground through a six-speed manual.

The Ole Yeller GT350 goes up for auction at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on July 28, and the money from the sale goes to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education programs. This is the ninth one-off Mustang Ford has donated for the event, including last year’s Apollo Edition through 2008’s AV8R. The special cars have raised $3 million for the charity.

Source: Ford

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