Ford ‘Ole Yeller’ Shelby Mustang GT350
We thought that when we drove the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R that we had experienced quite a crazy machine, but the “Ole Yeller” may prove us wrong. The very track ready and yet road legal car is inspired by the North American P-51D Mustang airplane. It gets its “Ole Yeller” name from the plane piloted by Bob Hoover, renowned United States Air Force fighter pilot and air show performer, for over 20 years.
Under the hood you get the same 526 horsepower flat-plane crank naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 found in the GT350 and GT350R. The high revving engine is like a rocket, especially as the revs build. Mechanically setting “Ole Yeller” apart from the standard GT350 or harder core GT350R is a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission and a specially tuned sport suspension. Those two changes are what make this the most track ready, street legal Mustang ever built by Ford.
“This year’s one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang honors two aviation greats, the iconic and historic P-51D Mustang fighter plane, and highly decorated fighter pilot, test pilot, and air show performer, Bob Hoover, who is referred to by many as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors. “The Shelby GT350 Mustang, with its nimbleness, speed and aerodynamics, provided us with the perfect platform to create this tribute to the P-51D aircraft.”
Besides the improved performance the bright yellow paint job with black accents really stand out from the crowd. When it gets dark the neon green accent lights further make the Mustang get additional attention (although they aren’t exactly everyone’s style).
“We’re truly grateful Ford is, and has been, such a committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture for more than 16 years now,” said Jack Pelton, EAA CEO and chairman of the board. “With its ninth Mustang donation, Ford has definitely delivered something exceptional that any auto or aviation enthusiast would love to own. The Ford ‘Ole Yeller’ Mustang will allow EAA to provide support to our valuable programs helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”
The car will be auctioned off on July 28th at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The event is the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. The car was donated by the Ford Motor Company and the proceeds will benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education programs, including the Young Eagles.