Ford has delivered yet another custom one-off model for the annual, which is an homage to one of the quickest P-51D Mustangs to ever have flown – and it’s all for a good cause.
This is because the one-off will be auctioned and all the proceeds from its sale will be donated to programs that encourage kids to take up flying. And sharing the same name, of course the most appropriate car to give the plane a high five is the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang. Maybe one of the affluent buyers of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 can hook up with the new owner of the customized Mustang and some vintage racing can ensue. Nicknamed Ole Yeller, Bob Hoover’s P-51D s the record owner for the fastest propeller-driven aircraft to have crossed the United States – in 5 hours and 20 minutes – and is also well known for being the pace plane at the Reno National Championship Air Races.
The commemorative GT350 is clad in a very easy to spot yellow paint with black stripes and green accents. “Ole Yeller” is spotted on the rear fenders, and there’s a large wing at the back, which cats against flying though, in a bid to keep the Mustang stuck to the road. Unfortunately the designers went one step too far as they also bundled neon green lighting. The cockpit features the same yellow and black trimming on the seat bolsters, stitching and steering wheel. The Recaros will make sure the persons inside stick to the car like glue and the “Ole Yeller” motif also appears on the door panels. The powertrain hasn’t been modified – the GT350 has a 5.2-liter V8 with a flat-plane crank pushing out 526 horsepower (392 kilowatts) and 429 pound-feet (582 Newton-meters) of torque.