Who knew yellow and green went so good together?
For the past eight summers Ford has made an aviation-inspired Mustang to auction off for charity at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (Wisconsin), aka “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” Last year’s car was the “Apollo Edition” Mustang GT. This year’s car pays tribute to a famous Mustang plane. The “Ole Yeller” Mustang Shelby GT350 is inspired by the Ole Yeller P51-D Mustang Fighter Plane. Ole Yeller set a record (for a prop plane) when it went coast-to-coast across the US in 5 hours 20 minutes.
In addition to its record run the plane is also an airshow icon thanks to legendary pilot R.A. “Bob” Hoover. Hoover is considered by many to be the father of modern airplane acrobatics. Like the plane on which its based this Shelby GT350 is also designed to be nimble, albeit on land. Ford has left the 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V8 untouched. Even without modifications the power output is still a brutish 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. Ford did play with the suspension, though, saying that the Ole Yeller Mustang has a “specially tuned sport suspension, making it the most track-ready, road-legal Mustang ever produced.” What that special tune consists of we may never know. Perhaps it’s better that way.
Although many of the mechanical bits were left unchanged the interior and exterior did get an extensive overhaul. Inside there now sits aviation-inspired gauges, special Recaro seats, along with sill plates and floor mats and “unique logos” which may adorn everything except for the gauges themselves. The exterior now sports a massive rear wing and an awesome yellow paint job that’s brought to life by green exterior and interior lights. The color scheme is meant to match the look of the Ole Yeller P-51D Mustang. Ford was stingy with the photos which is unfortunate as we’d have loved to see the interior’s design. Still, enjoy the few photos the company did release and a mini look back at some of the past EAA AirVenture Mustangs.