• Jul 24, 2008
Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Mustang AV8R

The Ford Mustang AV8R is a one-off, aviation-themed Mustang that's been modified with a suite of upgrades from Ford Racing, including the Handling Pack, a Whipple blower, cold air intake, and a new exhaust. Power from the 4.6L V8 subsequently jumps to 400 horses, and the car is further individualized with a custom exterior and interior. Outside, its Satin Silver finish is offset by a black hood and decklid, red accent lines, dark gray side stripes, an Air Force star on each front quarter panel, and an oversized, etched AF star on the glass roof. The faux gas cap on the trunklid also gets a white star motif, and the rear spoiler is black with a red stripe and the AV8R logo in the corner. The front and rear bumpers are swiped from the California Special, while the grille is the same one used on the Bullitt, only with red trim instead of a metallic finish on the lower lip. It's a very sharp-looking car.

Inside, the two-tone leather seats have embroidered AV8R logos, and their brown inserts are reminiscent of an old bomber jacket. Brown hide also adorns the shifter boot. In the video after the jump, we also learn that the interior trim appliqués are pre-production Bullitt units. The car will be auctioned off to benefit the Gathering of Eagles program, which is encourages young people to get involved in aviation.Back in 2006, the first Shelby GT-H brought $250,000 at an auction benefiting the same organization. If you want a shot at the AV8R, you'll need to get yourself out to Oshkosh this weekend. If you're feeling confident, just book a one-way flight. Maybe you'll be able to drive home.


[Sources: Ford / EAA]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Those stars are cheesy as hell. This is not a good look.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So don't go to the auction and buy it then. You can buy a regular Mustang w/o stars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok we've exhausted the supply of good looking Mustangs so no we're going the other way?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you even looked at old WWII aircraft planes? This is an AWESOME tribute! The glass roof cockpit, the Air Force star, the red stripes.

        http://www.vectorsite.net/avp51_0_1.jpg

        I don't get you guys. You must all be driving 4 cyl VWs and Toyotas from the countries these planes defeated. This is a perfect tribute car, especially since Mustang was named after that plane. And the fact that Ford is donating it as an auction to help troubled youth. You guys are really disappointing.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Why not go for full tackness points and put tigershark teeth on the nose?
      • 6 Years Ago
      YAAWWWWNN. Another Mustang.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you don't like Mustangs, then why did you bother to read and then reply to this article?
        • 6 Years Ago
        First, I never said I didn't like one. Second, why would I be the "stupid" one when it wasn't me who double posted? I love it when people think they are as smart as can be, and then..............not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This reeks of:

      "Being different, just like everybody else..."

      How about a different CAR, rather than just a different paint job?

      This stuff is like teenage social trends. They all want to be individuals, as long as they are as conformist as possible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another day...another Mustang special.
        • 6 Years Ago
        $7.1 billion of that 8.7B is a "write down". In other words, Ford is including the loss in stock price per share over the Q2 x number of shares. They actually didn't "lose" this money, is just a loss in value, like depreciation. But what it does is lower the market cap of the company's stock, thereby preventing junk status. That means future stock prices are measured against the new smaller value vs. the larger one. Very smart, Mulally, very very smart.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ahhh guys, those of you who who even think of justifying this behavior read this FORD LOST 8.7 BILLION IN 2ND QUATER


        http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080724/ANA02/529215502/1200


        That's the big news on Automotivenews, i am shoked it is not on Autoblog yet. 8.7 billion dollars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes its another Mustang. Autoblog likes Mustangs. So do lots of people. So get freakin over it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most Ford Motor Company Special Editions are nice, likewise Ford Motor Company endorsed, outsourced editions - such as the 1987-1990 asc McLaren - are great cars.

        This pictured Special Edition isn't among them. It IS different, only for the sake of being different - not enhanced.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Read the article, it is enhanced w/ Ford Racing parts ( like the Fr500s that beat 911s in Grand Am ) and a supercharger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Take a Mustang, beat it with the ugly/garish stick, and charge a lot more. Yuck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You idiot. Its for charity. It is not a new special edition for sale. Its a one-off custom like a Foose car on Overhaulin. Dumbass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW yet another unique Mustang.

      Folks by now almost anyone can buy a special edition Mustang. There are hundreds of them out there, let's hope Camaro won't be doing the same thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Read the article. Its a one-off custom being done for a charitable auction.

        Its cool that Ford is hot-rodding their own cars and auctioning em off. If this was Chip Foose or Funkmaster Flex doing this, nobody would bitch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think everyone who wanted a Mustang GT has one. This will probably auction in the low 50k, if it gets that high.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would, at least I'd bitch about the FMF version. I'm still trying to get over why added his design-ness to a FWD car and had fatter meat on the rear set. Which car will he slather with red and black next.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know for a fact the Camaro will have a lot of Special Editions- just not nearly as many as the Mustang.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Can someone p-l-e-a-s-e explain to me what is the attraction for souping-up Mustangs? The thing has a solid rear axle, suspension by the Serta mattress company, a wobbly frame and narcoleptic brakes. Yes - its a nice looking car with a particularly nice (old) motor. The only time it drives well is in a straight line! Why then do all these chaps bolt-on blowers, kits and wings? Wouldn't it make more sense to save your hard-earned scratch and buy something decent?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Basically put, the car isn't perfect, that is what the upgrading is for :) Why have the same as everyone else when you can have a unique ride with LOTS of power (P.S. that V8 motor is fairly new). There is nothing quite like a souped up V8 sports car. I have driven a Mustang with 550 Hp and it was a blast. After something like that (with all that torque :D), I can't see why people soup up little 4-bangers :)

        Anyway, P.S. the Camaro WILL see the same treatment. When people have a pasion for these things, they will express it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want to do a limited edition Mustang too. Aparently I need some cheesy ad ons and a weird name. Then Autoblog will put it online........Well its off to Walmart now to get all the parts I need.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about auctioning off a Ford Mustang to save Wild Mustangs from slaughter. We have over 300 Mustangs we have saved at 3-Strikes Mustang Outpost. We are a 501c3 non profit and would love to save more. We could save hundreds more with funds like that? Any one have an extra they woud like to offer up?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks for the positive vote cat girl. I say even an old mustang would do at $5 a hit. Or even a raffle.
        Either way, the horses win. Anyone else?????
        The Ford Mustang will be here in the future, but the Wild Mustang may not!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hi Everyone,
        I work with Sandy at 3 Strikes Ranch. Please check out my blog if you would like to see how we train our wild mustangs.
        I am currently working with a 3 year old black stallion named Stud Muffin. What a name!!!

        http://www.trainingmustangs.blogspot.com/

        Later,
        Amanda
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wooh! I live in Neenah, WI - ten minutes north of Oshkosh! :)
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