This incredible Mustang from Roush has been customized to look like a P-51 Mustang WW2 fighter.
Before there was a car named Mustang, there was a fighter aircraft named Mustang. Beloved by its pilots for its superior speed, maneuverability, visibility, and forgiving nature for new aviators, the Mustang was arguably the best fighter fielded by any nation that took part in World War 2.
The car is pretty good too, but it never had the 6-pack of .50 cal machine guns.
And neither does this custom Mustang from Ford and Roush Performance, but it does make a good effort of looking like a P-51 Mustang. Based off of Roush’s Stage 3 Mustang upgrade, it even has a similarly supercharged engine, although it makes only has one supercharger and half the horsepower that the P-51 did.
Ford calls it the "Old Crow" in honor of WW2 triple ace pilot Colonel Bud Anderson of the U.S. Army Air Force. Anderson flew a P-51 he named Old Crow in the war which brought him through 116 missions and 16 aerial victories.
Jack Roush Sr. has known Anderson for years, and as an aviation enthusiast, jumped at the chance of honoring his friend and recreating Old Crow in a somewhat more terrestrial form.
Under the hood is a 5.0-L V8 with Roush Performance's TVS R2650 supercharger for a total of 710 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque. Other Roush upgrades include a cold air induction system and X pipe, 20-inch Roush wheels, and rear fascia aerofoils.
Ford Performance brings their MagneRide magnetic damping suspension, an active exhaust system, and the rear spoiler from the upcoming Shelby Mustang GT500.
On the inside, Old Crow has been decked out to remind you of the cockpit of a real P-51D Mustang. The dash is green leather while the upholstery for the seats is done up in tan leather. The ball shifter knob and the door handles are painted red, and the Sparco 4-point harness is done up to resemble the harness a fighter pilot would strap into.
There’s also no rear seat--P-51s were single-seater aircraft, after all.
Ford plans to auction this one-of-a-kind beauty at The Gathering on July 25th for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All proceeds will go to the EAA's youth and adult aviation programs.