The Ford Motor Company has been involved in a number of philanthropic activities over the years. One such endeavor occurred in 2008 when the company developed a special edition Mustang known as the AV8R for the Gathering of Eagles auction, which raised money for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh youth education program. The Experimental Aircraft Association is an organization that supports the pursuit of aviation for sport and pleasure. The organization has helped many young people pursue and fulfill their dream of becoming pilots and aviation engineers. A Mustang Shelby GT-H built for the same event two years earlier brought in an impressive $250,000.
Mustang AV8R Features
The Mustang AV8R designers used the 2009 Mustang GT as the base model and enhanced it by adding a robust aluminum block 4.6L V8 engine with a power output of 400 hp. Other notable features included a glass roof, integrated spoiler and GT500 wheels. The vehicle was painted an eye-catching Satin Silver, highlighted with Black Gloss accents. The interior included distressed leather inserts and the same aluminum instrument panel and gear shift knob that was part of the Bullitt package. The vehicle also included a special panel that was autographed by luminaries such as aviation legend Chuck Yeager, actors John Travolta and Harrison Ford, and Edsell B. Ford II, the great-grandson of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford.
The Mustang AV8R proved to be a rousing success, as it sold at the Gathering of Eagles action for $500,000, double the price brought by the Shelby GT-H in 2006. Ford later announced the company would continue its partnership with the event through 2011.
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