What Is the "Ole Yeller" Mustang?Last Updated August 8, 2023 | Andrew Boyle
Based off the superior Shelby GT350, the most track-ready Mustang ever to hit the streets, the “Ole Yeller” Mustang is one sinister vehicle. As they have since 2008, Ford Motor Company built this special Mustang to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) youth pilot education programs. Specifically, the Young Eagles program which helps children and young adults by providing free and deeply discounted introductory flights to those who are interested in the aviation field.
What Makes "Ole Yeller" Unique?
This special edition Mustang features everything that comes standard on the Shelby GT350. That includes the high-revving (8,250 RPM Redline!) 5.2L “Voodoo” V8 cranking out a staggering 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque! Mating that to a transmission worthy of such high horsepower numbers out of a naturally aspirated engine is a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission with a sport-tuned suspension ready to carve corners.
Based off the iconic P-51D Mustang fighter plane and fighter pilot, Bob Hoover, who is said to be one of the greatest pilots to ever have lived, the Shelby GT350 was the perfect car to start with in creating this tribute for the EAA’s Young Eagles Program.
This Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang features a custom-painted yellow finish on the body with many “Ole Yeller” accents and badging. Also included on the special edition is plenty of unique carbon fiber components and side mirrors which project images of the P-51D fighter plane rather than the standard running pony. Aside from that, it has huge Forgiato wheels, multi-colored daytime running lights, a high-flying race wing for maximum downforce at high speeds and green interior and exterior neon lighting to gain the attention of anyone around you. This truly is a one-of-a-kind machine.
How Much Does the Ole Yeller Mustang Cost?
The auction took place on July 28, 2016, at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 located in Wisconsin and this year's special edition brought nearly $300,000 to the EAA's Young Eagles program! Since 2008, Ford Motor Company has helped raise a collective total of over $3 million for EAA youth education programs, including Young Eagles.
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