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Ford Motor Co. has created a bright yellow “Old Yeller” Shelby GT 350 Mustang that gets 526-horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, and will auction it off later this month.

It’s the ninth-straight year the Dearborn automaker has created a unique aviation-inspired pony car. The Old Yeller Mustang will be donated and sold via auction to support the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education programs. The auction will take place at a charity event July 28 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The car was inspired by the yellow P-51D Mustang fighter plane, which holds the prop plane record for coast-to-coast travel at 5 hours and 20 minutes. It features a 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 engine with flat plane crank; the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine Ford has ever made. It also comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.

The interior is outfitted with Recaro seats and aviation-inspired gauges.

“This year’s one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang honors two aviation greats, the iconic and historic P-51D Mustang fighter plane, and highly decorated fighter pilot, test pilot, and air show performer, Bob Hoover, who is referred to by many as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived,” Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors, said in a statement. “The Shelby GT350 Mustang, with its nimbleness, speed and aerodynamics, provided us with the perfect platform to create this tribute to the P-51D aircraft.”

Ford vehicles donated at EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised $3 million. Last year, it auctioned off a white Mustang that paid tribute to the Apollo space missions.

To participate in the auction, interested parties must pre-qualify by contacting the EAA development office at (800) 236-1025 or donor@eaa.org.

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