There are a lot of unique Mustangs out there, but this one’s one-of-a-kind. Pony car icons Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby have combined their talents with the Ford Motor Company to create the SR-71 Mustang, inspired by the SR-71 “Blackbird,” the long-range reconnaissance USAF aircraft built by Lockheed Martin. And if you want it bad enough, it can be yours.
The Young Eagles Auction takes place each year at AirVenture, EAA’s annual air show and gathering. Ford Motor Company has been a proud supporter of EAA and Young Eagles for the past 15 years by providing various vehicles and donations each year to be raffled and auctioned off. The SR-71 Mustang (S for Shelby, R for Roush) is being built at the Roush facility in Livonia, Michigan, with the participation and input of all parties involved.
The Lockheed Martin SR-71 took it’s first flight in 1964, the first year the Ford Mustang was produced. The SR-71 “Blackbird” holds all official airspeed and altitude records and is the most technically advanced and unique aircraft ever produced. It was an aircraft loaded from end-to-end with features that, to this day, are still admired and copied.
As you might expect, the SR-71 will not be your standard ‘Stang. It has been stuffed with special and unique features, right down to the signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby embroidered into the racing seats.
With Carroll Shelby’s history as an USAF flight instructor and Jack Roush as a well known P-51 Mustang pilot, the objective was to hand build a highly valued vehicle that would excite both enthusiasts and collectors alike. Also, the vehicle will be on display to generate enthusiasm and excitement for the 500,000-plus AirVenture attendees July 26-31. The auction will take place Thursday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. (central) at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
You still have a few days to get in on this once-in-a-lifetime auction. Pre-qualify by contacting Matt Miller at 800-236-1025 or firstname.lastname@example.org by July 26. Visit www.airventure.org/gathering to learn more.
The SR-71 Mustang Vehicle Specifications:
All-new aluminum block 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine with a 2.3-liter Whipple Twin Screw Supercharger with Ford Racing calibration and Roush intake
Ford Racing Handling Pack
Ford Racing tuned exhaust and tips
SVT Track Pack wheels in custom paint (19-inch in front, 20-inch in rear)
Glass roof with unique graphic treatment
Unique non-production matte and silver exterior paint treatment with SR-71 cues
Custom Recaro race seats featuring embroidered signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby
Custom racing steering wheel
Rear seat removed to accentuate cockpit environment
Ford Racing performance gauge cluster
Modified navigation screen and instrument cluster
Custom IP badging, sill plates and floor mats