This year, the design team at Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] have chosen to honor the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration squadron and their fleet of F-16 Falcon fighter jets. Their blank canvas was a 2014 Ford Mustang GT bearing VIN #0001.
The exterior is finished in the same red and white livery as the fighter jets and comes complete with matching blue stars and the logo of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The unique treatment includes a wide-body kit and a hand painted “belly pan” that emulates the F-16 Thunderbird appearance. The final touch is a set of 22-inch wheels from Forgiato.
Inside, designers have added a modified navigation screen and instrument cluster and removed the rear seats. Custom Recaro buckets have been installed up front and come with embroidered Thunderbirds elements. Additional features include unique sill plates and puddle lamps that project the aircraft silhouette when the doors open.
In the performance department, a number of Ford Racing components have been added to the chassis and the car's 5.0-liter V-8. These include a supercharger, uprated suspension and brakes, and a high-flow exhaust.
Previous custom Mustangs sold during the EAA AirVenture have fetched six-figure sums. In fact, they have collectively raised nearly $1.9 million to support the EAA Young Eagles over the past several years. You can read about the previous examples at this link.
The charity auction will take place on August 1 at the EAA AirVenture, which this year runs from July 29 to August 4.