SR-71 Mustang to Be Auctioned Tonight

As announced earlier this month, when the 2011 SR-71 Mustang was presented by Roush, Shelby and Ford, the car will be auctioned tonight during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture show being held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The builders of the vehicle hope to raise around $500,000, a sum which will be donated to the EAA Young Eagles, a nonprofit organization which provides educational flights to children. The auction will be attended by Carroll Shelby but Jack Roush, still hospitalized after the Tuesday airplane crash, is likely to miss the event.

The car, which was build to honor the SR-71 Blackbird long-range reconnaissance airplane, features several unique styling cues. The Mustang, a 2011 model year, is wrapped in unique, non-production matte and silver exterior paint treatment with SR-71 cues and comes with roll cage, modified navigation screen and instrument cluster and a cockpit feel of the interior, achieved by removing the rear seat.

Under the hood, the SR-71 Mustang packs an all-new aluminum block 5.0l Ti-VCT V8 engine, tuned with a 2.3l Whipple Twin Screw Supercharger with Ford Racing calibration and Roush intake. The mechanical tweaks brought to the model include Ford Racing Handling Pack, Ford Racing tuned exhaust and tips and SVT Track Pack wheels.

“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,”
Roush said when the special vehicle was presented two weeks ago.

This was the first time in history when Roush teamed with Shelby for a joined project.
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