Ford Built Its Most Track-Ready Mustang in the ‘Ole Yeller’ Shelby GT350
Every year, hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts descend upon Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow, making it one of the busiest airstrips in the world each summer. For the past eight years, however, pony car fans have also had reason to stop by. Each year, Ford has built and auctioned off a unique Mustang, beginning with 2008’s Mustang AV8R (with F-22 Raptor styling) and leading to 2015’s space-themed Mustang Apollo Edition. For 2016 though, Ford has gone for a bit of a throwback with the “Ole Yeller” Mustang, which celebrates the storied P-51D Mustang fighter and one of its most famed pilots, airshow veteran Bob Hoover. If it looks like your cup of tea, you’re in luck. The Mustang will be auctioned off later this month at the airshow event, with all proceeds benefiting the Experimental Aircraft Association's youth programming. RELATED: Check Out the All-New 2016 Shelby GT350R
If you do attend the show, you certainly can’t miss the racy “Ole Yeller” Ford Mustang. Customized using the all-new Shelby GT350 as a base, Ford says Ole Yeller is the most track-ready and street-legal Mustang ever produced, complete with unique Recaro racing seats, bespoke carbon fiber aerodynamic enhancements, its calling-card yellow paint, and additional suspension tuning.
And that’s not to mention the cherry on top of this unique, one-off Mustang—the GT350’s 526 horsepower V8. The 5.2-liter flat-crank V8 comes paired with a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox, adding up to one sizzling track-ready package.
In total, Ford’s one-off Mustang auctions have raised $3 million for EAA programs, including the 2011 Blue Angels’ edition GT, 2012 Red Tails Mustang (honoring the Tuskegee Airmen), and 2013 Thunderbirds edition Mustang.
Need this one? The auction kicks off on Thursday July 28th.