Built by the official Mustang team itself – comprised of Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager George Saridakis and Mustang Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak, and Senior Designers Robert Gelardi and Garen Nicoghosian – the Ford Mustang AV-X10 Dearborn Doll is a one-off model designed exclusively for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Aesthetically inspired by the WWII era P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft (replete with the obligatory pin-up girl poster), the AV-X10 Mustang will be auctioned off this weekend during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2009 AirVenture Oshkosh to raise money for the EEA’s Young Eagles program.
“Ford Motor Company has been a committed partner of EAA throughout the years and especially during AirVenture, where Ford’s support has brought value to those who make ‘Oshkosh’ the pinnacle of their aviation year,” explained Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president. “The generous creation of such specialty vehicles allows EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members inspiring young people and building the future of flight.”
Underpinned by a 2010 Mustang GT, the AV-X10 is finished in Satin Silver exterior paint with yellow nose cone and rear wing accents and a specially designed Air Force Star and Bar applique adorning the glass roof. “Dearborn Doll” has been airbrushed onto the quarter panels, and the liquid silver 19″ Shelby GT500 wheels have been given yellow propeller tips to further strengthen the connection to the P-51 Mustang upon which it is based. Inside, the cockpit has been upholstered in Bader “worn” leather and features aviation-themed Ford Racing Pyrometer, Boost, and Fuel Pressure gauges as well as a unique “Ground Speed” and AV-X10 cluster graphics package. Beneath the hood, the AV-X10 is powered by the GT’s 550-horsepower 4.6L Romeo engine and has been equipped with an array of performance mods, including genuine Ford Racing Supercharger, Handling Pack, tuned exhaust, and exhaust tips.
Although Ford tastefully declined to place a dollar value on their newest work of art, previous one-off EEA Mustangs have fetched well into the triple digits, with 2008’s Mustang AV8R raising a record $500,000. “Although it will be hard to top the AV8R, the Ford team is committed to delivering another extraordinary vehicle of interest for all enthusiasts and collectors for EAA’s Gathering of Eagles,” said Edsel B Ford II, a member of Ford’s Board of Directors.