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by Denise Rounds  More from Author

"Dearborn Doll"

Photography Courtesy of Ford.


Attendees at this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, got the first look at this one-of-a-kind 2010 Mustang. Why is Ford involved with an aviation celebration? The company’s roots can be traced to the aircraft industry. At one time Ford Motor Company was the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer. In 1925 Ford built the first Tri-Motor airplane, nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” to be used by the country’s commercial airlines. During World War II Ford produced one B-24 Libertor bomber per hour on his famed assembly line production system. Henry Ford was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1984 and recognized as one of 12 aviation pioneers by the United States Centennial of Flight Commission in 2002.

The Mustang AV-X10 symbolizes an AirVenture Xperimental project vehicle based on a 2010 Mustang GT. The “10” represents the model year of the Mustang, plus the 10-millionth engine from the Romeo Engine Plant was used to build the car. The design team for this one-of-one Mustang includes Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager George Saridakis, Mustang Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak, and Senior Designers Robert Gelardi and Garen Nicoghosian.

Besides already having a very special engine underhood, the AV-X10 also has a Ford Racing Supercharger, FR500S Performance Exhaust, and Short Throw Shifter. All of which combine to help generate 550-horsepower from the aluminum block 4.6L 24-valve engine. A Ford Racing Handling Pack enhances the performance experience and lowers the ride height by one inch.

Special attention was paid to the AV-X10’s external appearance. In keeping with an aircraft theme, the car is Satin Silver with a yellow nose cone and rear wing. Its glass roof features an Air Force Star and Bar graphic. Shelby GT500 19-inch wheels have yellow propeller tips and white gloss accents to emphasize the connection with the P-51 Mustang aircraft from World War II. The “Dearborn Doll” nickname is displayed on the front quarter-panels using a beautiful pin-up graphic similar to the nose art found on World War II era aircraft.

The aviation theme continues on the inside with Bader “worn” bomber jacket style leather trim along with military khaki shaded diamond tucked seats and door inserts. Ford Racing Pyrometer, Boost, and Fuel Pressure gauges, plus unique “Ground Speed” and AV-X10 cluster graphics. To go one step further, every time the AV-X10 is started, the Dearborn Doll pin-up graphic is displayed on the navigation screen.

Ford Motor Company created the Mustang AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” to be sold at the event’s “Gathering of Eagles.” Ford is the exclusive automotive partner with EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Young Eagles organization–a group which has provided free introductory flights to nearly 1.3 million young people since 1992 while teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills.

“Ford Motor Company has been a committed partner of EAA throughout the years and especially during AirVenture, where Ford’s support has brought value to those who make ‘Oshkosh’ the pinnacle of their aviation year,” said Tom Poberenzy, EAA chairman and president. “The generous creation of such specialty vehicles allows EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members inspiring young people and building the future of flight.”

The AV-X10 was auctioned for $250,000 at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event. Other Ford related activities at the invent included the F-150 Raptor simulator, Mustang Monday and Mustang Stampede car show, Fiesta Movement ride and Drive, and Model T Ride Experience.


Mustang AV-X10 Dearborn Doll

2010 Mustang GT

Satin Silver paint

Yellow nose cone and rear wing

White tail stripe with “AV-X10” call letters

Shelby GT500 lower rear fascia and rear wing

Air Force star decklid badge

19-inch forged SVT GT500 five-spoke wheels in liquid silver with yellow prop tips

Cockpit-style glass roof canopy with translucent star-and-bars

10-millionth Engine from Romeo Engine Plant

Ford Racing Mustang GT550 hp Supercharger Kit

Ford Racing Handling Pack

Ford Racing Mustang FR500S Performance Exhaust

Ford Racing Short Throw Shifter

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