The Shelby Roush SR-71 Ford Mustang sold for $375,000 at the EAA Gathering of Young Eagles charity event July 29th 2010. The one-of-a-kind SR-71 Mustang was the first ever collaboration between Shelby and Roush who are both legends in the automotive world. The SR-71 Mustang was inspired by the SR-71 “Blackbird”, the USAF aircraft built by Lockheed Martin. The SR-71 Mustang was auctioned off for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles program which Ford Motor Company has supported for the last 15 years.
The SR-71 Ford Mustang was built from a 2011 Mustang GT with the all-aluminum 5.0-liter V-8 motor and features a 2.3-liter Whipple Twin Screw Supercharger with Ford Racing calibration and Roush intake. Other goodies found on this one-off Mustang include Ford Racing Handling Pack, Ford Racing exhaust, SVT Track Pack wheels with custom paint, glass roof, custom Recaro racing seats and roll cage.
It’s a collaboration that’s never happened before, a collaboration that will result in a one-of-a-kind 2011 Mustang that simply will be without equal. For the first time ever, Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush were on site to meet with Ford Motor Company to design, engineer and produce the SR-71, a vehicle inspired by the SR-71 “Blackbird,” the long-range reconnaissance USAF aircraft built by Lockheed Martin.
For the last three years, the Ford Motor Company has provided EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) with unique auction vehicles that have raised over one million dollars for EAA’s Young Eagles program. The Young Eagles Auction takes place each year at AirVenture, EAA’s annual air show and gathering. Ford Motor Company has been a proud supporter of EAA and Young Eagles for the past 15 years by providing various vehicles and donations each year to be raffled and auctioned off.
The SR-71 Mustang (S for Shelby, R for Roush) is being built at the ROUSH facility in Livonia, Michigan, with the participation and input of all parties involved. As inspiration, the Lockheed Martin SR-71 took it’s first flight in 1964, the first year the Ford Mustang was produced. The SR-71 “Blackbird” holds all official airspeed and altitude records and is the most technically advanced and unique aircraft ever produced. It was an aircraft loaded from end-to-end with features that, to this day, are still admired and copied.
The SR-71 Mustang will be packed with special and unique features as well, right down to the embroidered signatures of Jack Roush and Carroll Shelby in the exclusive racing seats. 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. Also, the vehicle will be on display to generate enthusiasm and excitement for the 500,000 plus AirVenture attendees July, 26th through July 31st.
The auction for the SR-71 Mustang will take place on Thursday, July 29,th at 7:30 PM ( Central Time) at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.