Apparently, one warbird-themed pony car wasn’t enough. Following the success of the 2008 Mustang AV8R, Ford has built a one-off Mustang--the AV-X10--which will be auctioned off at the 2009 Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Dubbed the “Dearborn Doll,” the AV-X10 follows the path blazed by the AV8R: take one Mustang GT with glass roof option, add a smattering of Ford Racing parts and plane-inspired design cues, and auction for charity. Mechanically, the AV-X10 receives Ford Racing’s handling pack, performance exhaust system, and twin-screw supercharger. The engine tweaks alone are said to boost power into the 550 hp range, far eclipsing the 400 hp produced by the AV8R. We’d have to argue the AV-X10 visually eclipses the last aero-Mustang, too. The car is painted in a bespoke silver paint, but then receives a bright yellow nose and spoiler, while a white stripe wraps around the rear fascia. 19-inch wheels, borrowed from the Shelby GT500, receive yellow highlights to simulate propellers, while the Air Force bar-and-stripe logo is etched into the glass roof. Of course, no vintage fighter plane is complete without a “pin-up,” and the “Dearborn Doll” herself flanks each fender. The unique Mustang will be auctioned on July 23, with all proceeds going to the EAA’s “Group of Eagles” program, which provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in aviation. In 2008, the AV8R raked in a cool $500,000 for the program, and it’s hoped the AV-X10 will duplicate such success.