September 6, 2018
Recently, at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise in Royal Oak, MI, Drift superstar Vaughn Gittin Jr. stopped by the Ford booth and presented the keys to the one-of-a-kind, 700-horsepower Eagle Squadron Mustang GT to Brayton Williams who bid $420,000 for it at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s The Gathering fund-raiser.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (AEF) holds a charity fund raising event called The Gathering every year to support youth aviation programs. Ford has supported the event for the past 10 years, donating Mustangs that have auctioned off for more than $3.7 million.
Now the Mustang GT is a hot ride, and the event was for charity, but what made it worth $420,000? The answer involves a little history, a ton of awesome modifications, and a juiced-up engine that turns this custom monster a very desirable collectable.
A Tribute to Eagle Squadron
The theme of this year’s The Gathering was a celebration of the Royal Air Force’s 100th birthday. Special recognition was given to the group of Americans who volunteered as fighter pilots before the U.S. entered WW II. The Eagle Squadron flew Spitfires and Hurricanes alongside their British cousins in the desperately fought Battle of Britain.
And that is the inspiration for the 700-horsepower Eagle Squadron Mustang GT.
Ford donated the stock GT but it was RTR Vehicles, a renowned modifier shop specializing in Ford products, who turned the pony into a visually stunning and unmistakably aggressive one-of-a-kind piece of art. It starts with a paint job that is a camouflaged design matching the original Eagle Squadron Spitfire aircraft. But from there, it’s all RTR kits.
Check this out. The GT gets a front chin spoiler, rear diffuser, upper grille with integrated lighting and a Gurney lip added to the Performance Pack rear spoiler. Front turning vanes, dive planes, rear flow conditioners and rocker splitters are also fitted.
But what’s under the hood is the big star. A Ford Performance supercharger kit helps the Ford 5.0-liter V8 churn out its 700 horsepower and 610 lb.-ft. of torque. That much power has to be at least marginally tamed so the GT gets RTR Tactical Performance Suspension Package including adjustable MagneRide dampers, Ford Performance lowering springs and RTR adjustable sway bars. The whole package rides on RTR Aero 7 two-piece forged wheels with 285/30-ZR20 front and 305/30-ZR20 rear Nitto NT555 tires.
Of course, for $420,000 it would not be unreasonable to expect a little comfort and class in the cockpit, and the Eagle Squadron GT does not disappoint. You want custom? How about a custom leather interior featuring Recaro racing seats with embroidered Eagle Squadron logo. A hand-engraved shift knob made from metal melted down from an F-35 Lightning (how’d they get that?). And to keep the theme going, a hand-engraved badge made from genuine Spitfire aluminum adorns the dashboard.
We doubt you’ll be spotting this ride in a Walmart parking lot anytime soon.
Get a Scaled Back Version for Yourself
Granted, at Teame Ford we don’t have this one-of-a-kind Mustang, but we do have a great stock of Mustang GT Premium models to choose from. If you are coming down with pony fever, we think the best cure is to browse our inventory, find a ride, and then contact us for a dose of test ride around Sacramento. Don’t put it off, break the fever and contact us now!
Come out and see us for a test drive today.