On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Ford teases its latest custom Mustang GT for the annual charity auction at EAA Airventure on July 25. The new one wears a livery taking inspiration from the "Old Crow" P-51 Mustang fighter planes that Colonel Bud Anderson flew during World War II, including providing more than six continuous hours of air support during D-Day.
"This year’s design is especially fitting for the 75-year commemoration of D-Day and the special place we reserve for heroes like Col. Anderson and countless others who demonstrated unparalleled valour and sacrifice," Craig Metros, Ford design director, said about this year's custom Mustang.
Roush Performance handled building the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT. The teaser photos don't show much of it yet, though. There's a matte green bonnet with black vents. A red and yellow chequerboard pattern covers the nose. Running up the bonnet, the Old Crow name appears in white in the style of the whiskey brand's label in the 1940s. The lower part of the body appears to be light grey. Judging by the photos of Col. Anderson's plane, it's possible that the car has a red boot to match the aircraft's rudder.
Mechanically, the "Old Crow" Mustang GT packs a Roush/Ford Performance supercharger that pushes the output above 700 bhp, rather than the stock 460 bhp. The Blue Oval also reports there are other performance parts but doesn't provide any details about them, yet. More details arrive ahead of the charity auction.
Col. Anderson is old friends with Roush Performance boss, Jack Roush. He even helped to restore a P-51 Mustang plane in the Old Crow livery in honor of Col. Anderson.
Last year's custom Mustang for the EAA Airventure auction took inspiration from the P-51s that served in the Royal Air Force that defended Britain. It sold for $420,000 (aaprox. £330,000). To date, the Blue Oval has raised over $3.5 million (£2.75 million) for this group by auctioning aircraft-themed vehicles.
Ford, Roush Performance Collaborate on ‘Old Crow’ Mustang GT Build to Mark 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Support Future Pilots
DEARBORN, Mich., June 6, 2019 – Ford and Roush Performance salute World War II flying ace Col. Bud Anderson with a preview of the one-off “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT, inspired by the P-51 Mustang airplanes Anderson flew in combat.
Anderson, a triple ace fighter pilot, flew two combat tours and 116 missions in his P-51 Mustangs he nicknamed Old Crow. He was never hit by enemy fire, including while providing aerial support to Allied troops on D-Day. Anderson spent more than six continuous hours in flight that day in his P-51 Mustang.
Built by Roush Performance to mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT will be auctioned July 25 at “The Gathering” annual auction during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2019 AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Aviation Foundation, which encourages and educates the next generation of pilots.
“This year’s design is especially fitting for the 75-year commemoration of D-Day and the special place we reserve for heroes like Col. Anderson and countless others who demonstrated unparalleled valor and sacrifice,” said Craig Metros, Ford design director. “It’s an annual highlight for many on the Ford design team to pay homage to our war heroes by creating a custom tribute vehicle to support the next generation of aviators.”
The “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT wears an authentic paint scheme and badging similar to that of Anderson’s P-51 Mustangs and features the signatures of Anderson, Roush Enterprises Founder Jack Roush, Edsel Ford II and members of the Ford design team. It packs a ROUSH/Ford Performance supercharger that helps create 700+ heart-pounding horsepower, along with additional Ford Performance parts.
Ford has partnered with the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture for 21 years, building and donating 11 custom-designed vehicles to help raise more than $3.5 million to date. These include the 2018 Eagle Squadron Mustang, 2016 “Ole Yeller” Mustang and 2015 Mustang Apollo Edition. Of the vehicles Ford has donated for auction at AirVenture, the 2008 Mustang AV8R sold for the highest price of $500,000.
Anderson, 97, earned more than 25 decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Air Medal. He flew two tours with the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group and is recognized as the third leading ace with 16 aerial victories.
The P-51 Mustang is a single seat, single engine fighter originally produced in 1940 by North American Aviation. Variations of the plane were used in WWII and Korean War, among other conflicts, and specialized in long range, high altitude escorts. Roush, a longtime friend of Anderson’s, has previously restored a vintage P-51 Mustang airplane with “Old Crow” badging to honor Anderson.
Look for additional details on the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Bidding at “The Gathering” auction is open to all interested parties. Bids can be made in person or remotely online.
To learn more about Experimental Aircraft Association, Aviation Foundation, youth programs and AirVenture, including bidding on the “Old Crow” Ford Mustang GT, call 920.426.6573 or email gathering@EAA.org.
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