This year’s EAA Gathering of Eagles custom Mustang went for $250,000 at auctionEnlarge Photo
Last year Ford built a custom Mustang dubbed the AV8R for the annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Gathering of Eagles festival, an event that saw the car eventually auctioned off for a princely sum of $500,000. For this year’s event Ford has built another stunner, once again based around an aviation theme, and once again raising a lot of money for young flight enthusiasts.
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The latest car is called the AV-X10 Dearborn Doll and it’s based on the new 2010 Ford Mustang GT equipped with the glass roof option. It has been created together with a team from Ford Racing and includes a wealth of performance modifications, such as a 550hp (410kW) supercharger kit, a high-flow FR500S exhaust system, a short throw shifter, a new handling pack featuring dampers, lowering springs and an anti-roll bar. Another special feature is the car’s 4.6L V8 engine, which is the 10-millionth powerplant built at Ford’s Romeo facility.
As for the aviation theme, Ford designers have added a paint and graphic theme that pays homage to the WWII P-51 Mustang fighter plans, as well as AV-X10 lettering, a Shelby GT500 lower rear fascia and rear wing and 19in forged alloy wheels finished in liquid silver with yellow propeller tips. The glass roof has also been treated to an abstract translucent star and bars scheme for added effect.
The car was auctioned off during the 2009 EAA Air Venture Oshkosh fly-in convention which took place between July 27 and August 2 in Wisconsin. The $250,000 raised will go to the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program, which educates and engages young people about aviation.2010 Ford Mustang