The Ford donated Ole Yeller Mustang given to a charity auction for EAA AirVenture on August 2 sold for $295,000, the proceeds of which went to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth programs. The Ole Yeller Mustang was aviation-inspired and specially designed by Ford engineers.
The winner of the auction was Hank Menke, a CEO from Indiana. Part of the nearly $300,000 will go to the Young Eagles, a program which has been giving free introductory flying lessons to children since 1992. This is the ninth unique vehicle Ford has had specially designed to auction in support of the EAA and has raised over $3 million over the years.
The Ole Yeller Mustang has a custom yellow exterior, custom accents and badging, mirrors that project images of aircraft, and airplane-inspired gauges in the cabin. It is a Shelby GT350 that generates 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, and the 6-speed manual transmission it’s mated to makes it “the most track ready road-legal Mustang ever produced.”
The Ole Yeller is meant to honor the P-51D fighter plane and the pilot Bob Hoover, who was considered by many to be one of the best pilots who ever lived. He flew a plane called Ole Yeller, which inspired the paint job and nickname of the special Mustang.