Auto News for July 18 – Special Jeep & Mustang


 It was built on the 75th anniversary of the date Willys-Overland Motor Co. was awarded a government contract to build the first Willys MB, the Jeep that was developed for military use, and after 1945, was adapted for civilian use. Today, an updated version is a hot seller, with amenities that were unheard of in the Jeep driven by soldiers in WWII. The anniversary model shown is based on a two-door Wrangler Sport but note the absence of B-pillars and doors. The exterior features an olive-drab color scheme that was first seen on military vehicles 75 years ago. And yes, there are the low back canvas seats. Nice job, Jeep!

 Ford has created a track ready and road legal “Ole Yeller” Mustang that honors two aviation greats, the iconic and historic P-51D Mustang fighter plane and the highly decorated fighter pilot Bob Hoover. He is referred to by many as “one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived,” said Edsel B. Ford. The plane still flies frequently and is based at the Legacy Flight Museum in Idaho.

Old Yeller

 Ford said the commemorative car is based on the hot Shelby GT350 with a 5.2 liter V8 good for a “heart pounding” 526 horsepower with 429 lb-ft of torque. Adding to the fun is a 6-speed manual transmission. The car will be auctioned off July 28th at a giant aviation event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education programs. The event is being billed as the world’s largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts with an expected 10,000 aircraft of all kinds.

 The 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will be held in the Black Hills of South Dakota Aug. 6-13 with daily concerts, parties, free demo rides on 2016 Harley motorcycles and a custom motorcycle show. You can find out more at:




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