The covers will come off in July.
Just in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Ford has teased a new custom Mustang GT that will feature at the upcoming EAA AirVenture charity auction. The one-off Mustang features a unique livery inspired by the "Old Crow" P-51 Mustang fighter planes that Colonel Bud Anderson, a man who provided more than six continuous hours of air support during D-Day, flew during World War II.
"This year’s design is especially fitting for the 75-year commemoration of D-Day and the special place we reserve for heroes like Col. Anderson and countless others who demonstrated unparalleled valor and sacrifice," Craig Metros, Ford design director, said.
Roush Performance was responsible for building the "Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT. Unfortunately, the car hasn’t been revealed in full yet, but a teaser photo shows that it will sport a paint scheme matching the plane, with a green hood featuring black vents and a red and yellow checkerboard pattern covering the nose. The Old Crow name appears in white on the hood in the same style as the whiskey brand's label in the 1940s, while the lower part of the body appears to be light gray.
Under the hood, the "Old Crow" Mustang GT packs a Roush/Ford Performance supercharger that produces over 700 horsepower, definitely an upgrade compared to the stock 460-hp Mustang. It also includes "additional Ford Performance parts,” but no further details have been provided yet. Expect to find out more info closer to the charity auction on July 25.
This isn’t the first time Ford has created a custom aircraft-themed Mustang for the EAA AirVenture. Last year's one-off Mustang was inspired by the P-51s that served in the Royal Air Force and sold for $420,000 at auction.
Ford has partnered with the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture for 21 years. To date, the automaker has donated 11 custom-designed vehicles and raised than $3.5 million for the charity. These include the 2018 Eagle Squadron Mustang, the 2016 "Ole Yeller” Mustang, and a 2015 Mustang Apollo Edition. Out of all the cars Ford has donated for auction at AirVenture, the 2008 Mustang AV8R sold for the highest price coming out to $500,000.