While the running horse may be the symbol of Ford’s illustrious pony car, the Mustang, the name itself was actually derived from the World War II fighter plane that eventually dominated the skies over Europe. So while there have been plenty of “stallions” in the Mustang breed, the whole air superiority fighter theme seems to get lost from time to time. Roush remembered though, and for a limited time produced the P-51 Mustang sports car.
The P-51 was built by Roush for just two years and in limited quantities, and you’d think people would be holding on to them for a while. However, Mustang Evolution came across a Roush Performance 2009 P-51 Mustang up on eBay with just 12 miles on the odometer. That’s basically a brand new car!
First introduced for the 2008 Mustang, the P-51A package was the first Mustang package where Roush engineers actually tore into an engine to improve it. The internal upgrades were necessary to hold the 510 horsepower and 510 ft-lbs of torque that Roush engineers squeezed from the package. In 2009 Roush continued the tradition with the P-51B package, with the same horsepower, cockpit-like interior, and exterior enhancements that give the Mustang a more fighter-plane look.
This particular ‘Stang has likely sat in some climate controlled collector’s garage, undriven and unloved until its time to cross the auction block finally came. Usually though, it takes longer than two years for a collector car to appreciate in value, yet this seller is asking $98,000 for a car that had an MSRP of around $65,000. That’s a 50% premium to purchase this particular Mustang. Ouch. Then again, there are relatively few of these Mustangs out in the wild, and who knows when you might get another chance to buy one?