Ford and Roush are celebrating the 75th anniversary of D-Day by teasing a one-off Mustang inspired by the P-51 Mustangs that Col. Bud Anderson flew during World War II.
Dubbed the “Old Crow,” the car is based on the Mustang GT and features a paint scheme that pays tribute to the planes that Anderson flew in during the war. The model also has an assortment of Ford Performance parts including a supercharger that enables the 5.0-liter V8 engine to produce more than 700 hp (522 kW / 710 PS). Last but not least, the car has been signed by Anderson as well as Jack Roush and members of the Ford design team.
Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks, but the car will be auctioned off at the 2019 AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 25th. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Aviation Foundation which “encourages and educates the next generation of pilots.”
Ford has a long history of the supporting the EAA as the company has built 11 custom vehicles for the organization including the Eagle Squadron Mustang and Mustang Apollo Edition. These have helped to raise more than $3.5 (£2.7 / €3.1) million for the group.
While Anderson’s name probably doesn’t ring a bell, he’s a triple ace fighter pilot who flew 116 missions in P-51 Mustangs that he nicknamed the Old Crow. Anderson also supported the D-Day landings and spent more than six hours in the air that day.
Over the course of the war, he shot down 16 enemy aircraft. Anderson was also awarded more than 25 decorations including the Air Medal, Bronze Star and Distinguished Flying Cross.