Barrett-Jackson: Last Roush P-51A Mustang To Be Auctioned
Ford and Roush partner to auction P51-A Number 151 for charity at Palm Beach
03-05-08: Man how time flies. It was just last November that Jack Roush pulled the cover off the landmark P-51A Roush Mustang at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Just five months later, Roush Performance is partnering up with the Ford Motor Company to put the very last production 2008 Roush P-51A Mustang under the gavel at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event at West Palm Beach, Fla. The car, number 151 in a limited production run of 151, will be sold on Saturday, March 29 with proceeds going to the Salute to Education Scholarship charity.
“Number 151 is a pretty significant car for Roush considering the total inventory of Roush P-51A Mustangs basically sold out within 24 hours when the dealer order banks were opened up,” said Joe Thompson, general manager of Roush Performance. “Whoever ends up with this car will truly acquire a part of Roush history.”
Jack Roush, will be in attendance personally overseeing the bidding on the highest horsepower Mustang that Roush Performance has every built. Shown in the Barrett-Jackson catalog as lot number 667, the Roush P-51A is expected to be seen going under the gavel live during the SPEED Channel television broadcast that evening.
“It is for a very worthwhile cause that we are putting up this Roush P-51A Mustang,” said Jack Roush. “I am proud of the work that the Roush engineers put into the development, I am proud of the finished
vehicle, and I am proud that we can help to support the Salute to Education with the proceeds from the auction.”
The Roush P-51A is easily the highest horsepower Mustang that the company has ever produced, and represents the first time that internal engine components have been upgraded by Roush technicians in their Livonia, Mich., facility. The stock Ford 4.6L, 3V engine sees a rebuild of several of the functional internal components, including a forged steel eight-bolt crankshaft, forged aluminum pistons with increased dish to lower the compression from 9:8 to 8:6, and forged steel H-Beam connecting rods. These upgraded parts were necessary for the stock 300hp Mustang engine to be able to withstand the additional power generated from the newest iteration of the legendary ROUSHcharger supercharger system.
Additional alterations include a custom aluminum upper and lower intake manifold for the high capacity air-to-water intercooler and ROUSHcharger. Roush installs a custom fuel rail and high-flow fuel injectors, a high-flow capacity fuel system, as well as a dual electronic throttle body. The new Roush P-51A engine has a rating of 510 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. torque.
The Salute to Education Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who demonstrate community service, academic achievement, leadership and strong educational and career goals. Ford Motor Company, participating Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers, and Ford Motor Credit fund the program which has helped thousands of students realize their dream for a college or university education.
Participating Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers and Ford Motor Company have distributed more than $11 million in scholarships and educational grants in communities in Texas, California and Florida.
“Ford and the South Florida Ford Dealers are excited to partner with Roush Performance on this auction to benefit the Ford Salute to Education Scholarship Program. The P-51A Mustang is a real show stopper
and will generate huge excitement at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach bringing substantial money to the scholarship fund,” explained Kevin Giacomini, regional sales manager of Ford, Lincoln Mercury Sales Operations Orlando Region.