Shelby GT350 named Ole Yeller inspired by iconic P-51D Mustang aircraft, legendary pilot

With its striking yellow paint scheme and neon green accents, this Ford Shelby GT350 isn’t your average pony car. That’s because it was inspired by one of the best-known fighter aircraft ever to take to the skies.

Nicknamed Ole Yeller, the special Shelby GT350 is sort of a road-going version of an especially legendary P-51D Mustang fighter plane, which still holds the record for coast-to-coast travel for a propeller-driven aircraft (5 hours, 20 minutes, set in 1985—if you’re counting). A regular flyer even today, the winged Ole Yeller is based in the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, Idaho.

This is the ninth year in a row in which Ford has taken the wraps off a specially-modified Mustang set to be auctioned off in July at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture aircraft show’s Gathering of Eagles in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

This year’s GT350 had input from a number of Ford designers, as well as aftermarket suppliers including Brembo, BASF, Pirelli, 3M, Recaro, and PIAA. Special carbon-fiber components complement its yellow paint and Ole Yeller badging. At its core, the GT350 is unmodified and includes the automaker’s 526-horsepower 5.2-liter V-8 and Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox. 

Ford and the EAA will display the special ‘Stang at Ford’s AirVenture hangar during the entire event, which benefits the group’s youth education programs.

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