• Jul 16th 2010 at 1:01PM
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2011 Ford Mustang SR-71 Blackbird – Click above for high-res image gallery

For the last couple of years, Ford has played a big part of the EAA AirVenture, offering up one-off Mustangs at auction to benefit the association's Young Eagles program. Two years ago the AV8R Mustang brought in half a million dollars, while last year the AV-X10 'Dearborn Doll' earned $250,000 for charity.

This year's aviation-themed Mustang is inspired by the SR-71 Blackbird, a project that brought together Jack Roush and Caroll Shelby for the very first time. The one-of-one pony car, based on the 2011 Mustang GT, features a black and gray matte exterior with an SR-71 design theme, custom SVT wheels, roll cage and various performance upgrades including a Ford Racing supercharger, sportier suspension and high-flow exhaust system. Both Roush's and Shelby's signature are embroidered into the custom Recaro seats.

The SR-71 Blackbird Mustang will be on display in the Ford Hangar at the EAA AirVenture beginning July 26th, and it will officially go to the highest bidder on July 29. Follow the jump for the press release from Ford and more details about the car.

[Source: Ford and Roush]

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DEARBORN, Mich., July 13, 2010 – Two automotive icons, legendary racer and manufacturer Carroll Shelby, and world-renowned racer, engineer and designer Jack Roush, have come together in their first vehicle collaboration project to join Ford in creating a one-off 2011 Mustang, the aviation-themed SR-71 "Blackbird." The one-of-a-kind vehicle will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles July 29 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2010 AirVenture Oshkosh, the world's greatest aviation celebration. Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and all of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be held from July 26 to Aug. 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

The "SR-71" designation holds a dual meaning for the one-of-a-kind, fully-customized Mustang. First, "SR-71" refers to the car's design and performance-inspired connection with the SR-71 Blackbird, the aircraft that holds all official airspeed and altitude records and is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular planes ever produced. Second, "SR" represents the first collaborative project between Shelby and Roush. Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer led design for the project and Mustang Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak led the engineering effort. Ford Racing Performance Parts were also added to further enhance the exclusivity of the car. The sale of the SR-71 "Blackbird" will highlight an evening of festivities at the EAA Gathering of Eagles July 29 during AirVenture.

The group that will directly benefit from the auction proceeds is EAA's Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.5 million young people since 1992, while also teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills. "Ford Motor Company's historic tie to aviation is no better represented than by the company's commitment as a continued partner of EAA and AirVenture, a celebration of flight here in Oshkosh that is unmatched anywhere else in the world," said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president.

"Ford's generosity in donating the Mustang SR-71 'Blackbird' to the Gathering of Eagles further demonstrates a dedication to supporting aviation and inspiring aviation enthusiasts of all ages."

In 2008, Ford's inaugural vehicle specially-built in support of the Young Eagles, the one-of-a-kind Mustang AV8R, raised a record $500,000 for the charity. "The excitement around the 2008 AV8R, our first one-off Mustang ever produced, inspired us to push for another, first, the collaboration of Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush," said Edsel B Ford II, a member of Ford's Board of Directors. "This year's SR-71 Blackbird is a special tribute to Ford's lineage of performance vehicles, as well as to the promising innovators of EAA's Young Eagles." Ford vehicles sold at auction during past EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised more than $1 million to support the Young Eagles.

The Mustang SR-71 "Blackbird" is Build #1 of 1 and presents a truly unique opportunity for collectors. The vehicle is based on a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 with the glass roof option. Ford Racing performance modifications (Supercharger, Handling Pack, tuned exhaust, and exhaust tips) generate 100 additional horsepower from the all-aluminum 5.0L 32-valve V8 engine. The special racing Handling Pack optimizes the performance experience and lowers the ride height by 1-inch.

From there, the car takes on a design personality similar to that of the original SR-71 Blackbird aircraft. The Mustang's stunning design theme includes black and gray matte exterior paint with harmonious SR-71 themed graphic treatment, performance wheels, front and rear fascias and an integrated spoiler/wing to reflect the car's connection with its namesake aircraft, which made its inaugural flight in 1964, the year the first Ford Mustang came off the line. The "Blackbird" nickname is reflected in the car's exterior paint treatment, complete with markings from the liquids which leaked and streaked until the plane came up to speed. A unique screen print glass roof design and exterior artwork reflect the unbridled spirit of the Ford Design team.

The interior cockpit will seat only two and includes a roll-cage, racing seats and fire extinguisher, The signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby are embroidered into the seats, and special gauges and instrument cluster graphics have been added.

Enhancing the value and allure of the vehicle, the Mustang SR-71 "Blackbird" will feature an appliqué autograph area capturing Roush and Shelby's signatures and badging to further reinforce the uniqueness of the car. The vehicle will be on display at the Ford Hangar at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh beginning July 26.

Additionally, Ford and EAA will give AirVenture attendees the chance to win a 2011 Mustang GT convertible and other cash prizes in a raffle, with proceeds benefiting the EAA Young Eagles program.

During EAA AirVenture, Ford also will offer attendees access to the latest advances in automobile technology, as well as many of the industry's most revered classics at the popular "Ford Hangar" on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Ford activities will include top-tier entertainment and interactive components that will add excitement for the hundreds thousands of aviation fans in attendance.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

The annual meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), EAA AirVenture features more than 2,500 show aircraft, including homebuilts, antiques, classics, warbirds, ultralights and rotorcraft, and is expected to attract nearly 600,000 aviation enthusiasts. During the week, more than 500 forums are conducted by aviation leaders and NASA researchers, along with FAA personnel, aircraft designers and a host of others. EAA AirVenture is a 24-hour event. For more information, please visit www.AirVenture.org.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 176,000 employees and about 80 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010, and until its sale, Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Steven R. Russell
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an Air Force Veteran who has seen the SR-71 Blackbird, former Mustang owner, and a Christian private pilot, this sounds good to me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Painting a blackbird on the roof and calling it an SR-71 sure doesn't pay homage to the original SR-71, seem's kinda tacky.

      If they wanted to make something that had any relevance an SR-71 it would be made out of titanium, have a low RCS , and the gas tank would leak out until it heated up at speed....
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car is pretty stupid. What's next, a Ford Raptor U-2 edition that spins out of control when it lands a jump?
        • 5 Years Ago
        seriously. they should have drilled holes in the fuselage and made sure it would leak gas all over the place until it heated up and got up to cruising speed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        "made out of titanium"?

        fyi...they are trying to raise money
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts too (on the tank). It also needs spike tips on the air inlets.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree totally about the gas tank leakin till you hit a certain speed! I love the SR-71, even though it has so many flaws, and I love the paint scheme on this Mustang. Hopefully they will add a few more one-off parts to it, its great to see Shelby and Roush workin together. If only they could get Steve Saleen in there too...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The didnt mention the top speed. Maybe it does Mach 3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @spectregs You beat me to it! The gas-leaking part.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The fastback mustang is a neat looking car but I owned a 65 coupe sedan during the 80's through high school and college. Why haven't they made any in this model when they brought back the 60's look? The coupe sedan style was much more popular than the fastback. I think Ford sales of the square back style would have been much better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beauty is in the eyes of the Ford fanboys i guess?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it didn't have the decals it would look substantially better. The SR-71 decals are uber lame.

      Of course without the decals it would like a flat version of the Mustang in the commercial.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree about the decals but there is one graphic that needs to stay...the skunkworks logo on the "fuel cap".
      • 5 Years Ago
      So do you heat your lunch while driving by pressing it to the window like they did on the real blackbird?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It pains me to say this because I just so hate that sell-out Shelby....
      ... but I actually really like this design. The matte black with subtle glossy design is actually pretty damn sharp looking. And that high-gloss red adds a lot to the design.

      Then again, these are renderings, so it would be nice to see what the actual finished car really looks like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know........ The SR-71 was a very sleak craft, not like this over-weight tank. As the former owner of a beautiful, sexy 1969 Mach 1 Mustang, this gross pig has no attraction for me at all.........
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope this brings in the bucks for charity too, but this car just doesn't do it for me. I'd never guess that its inspiration was the SR-71 Blackbird. But I guess it just goes to show that car designers and aircraft designers are not cast from the same mold. A stock matte-black Mustang without all the questionable graphics would have looked more the part.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks Effing Sick !!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I so wish I could afford this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe that Caroll Shelby and Jack Roush couldn't have come up with something better than this. And why don't they put fatter tires on the rear of these mustangs.....
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