Nearly $300,000. That’s what Ford’s 2016 ‘Ole Yeller’ Shelby 350GT Mustang brought in recently when it was auctioned off to benefit youth aviation programs.
The one-of-a-kind Mustang went for $295,00 on the auction block. The money benefits the Experimental Aircraft Association and its Young Eagles youth education programs.
‘Ole Yeller’ is the ninth special Mustang donated by Ford to support EAA’s education programs. All of them have aviation themes. This year’s edition paid tribute to the famous P-51D Mustang fighter plane, along with U.S. veteran and show pilot Bob Hoover.
Ford’s team didn’t make any changes to the 5.2-liter V-8 powertrain – I mean why mess with greatness, right? ‘Ole Yeller’ delivers 526-horses and 429 pound-feet of torque. The car also sticks with the stock 6-speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension and most of the aero mods. However, the rear wing is a custom piece.
The other nine Mustangs donated over the years are:
- 2008 – Mustang AV8R
- 2009 – AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang
- 2010 – SR-71 Blackbird Mustang
- 2011 – Blue Angels Mustang
- 2012 – Red Tails Mustang, paying homage to Tuskegee Airmen.
- 2013 – U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang
- 2014 – F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang
- 2015 – Apollo Edition Mustang