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To be fair, the proceeds of the car went to a children’s foundation, but we would have a hard time swallowing the fact that we just paid Lexus LF-A money for a Mustang. How about a very generous charitable donation and a Shelby GT500 instead?
In any case, we’re happy that the money went to a good cause and that the car’s one-off status will ensure it will be somewhat collectible in years to come. It’s just not how we would spend $375k. Not by a long shot.
For the first time ever two of the greatest names in Mustang-lore, Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush, will team up to build a one-off special edition Ford Mustang. Called the SR-71, after the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird, there’s a long list of connections that give purpose to the designation. For starters, in this case “SR” will stand for Shelby Roush. Then there’s the fact that the SR-71 first took flight the year the Mustang was introduced. Plus, Shelby is a former USAF flight instructor and Roush is a P-51 Mustang pilot. And to tie it all together, the car will be built and auctioned off with proceeds going to support the EAA’s (Experimental Aircraft Association) Young Eagles program, which Ford has supported for 15 years running.
Vehicle highlights will include a new 5.0-liter TiVCT V8 engine equipped with a 2.3-liter Whipple Twin Screw Supercharger, a Ford Racing handling pack, Ford Racing exhaust, SVT Track Pack, matte-silver paint with SR-71 details, custom Recaro seats, rear seat delete, a modified Nav screen and instrument cluster and custom badging. Oh, and those racing seats will feature the embroidered signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby.
The auction is set to take place on Thursday, July 29th at 7:30 PM (Central Time) at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Those wishing to bid can hit the jump to get more info or go here: www.airventure.org/gathering
No doubt this will be a valuable collectors item.
GALLERY: Shelby Roush SR-71 Mustang
Official release after the jump: