This past weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Ford auctioned off two rare vehicles to raise a whopping $3.6 Million for United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The United Way for Southeastern Michigan uses contributions to benefit the community and its members by developing programs and initiatives to address issues involving education, economic prosperity, and health. The JDRF is at the forefront of funding research to cure type 1 Diabetes. Both are great causes and long-time partners with Ford.
The first vehicle on the auction block was the first-ever 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 to be produced by Ford. Sporting VIN 001, this GT500 fetched $1.1 Million in proceeds for the JDRF. The winning bidder will have the opportunity to choose the color and select options that fit their liking before it’s delivered.
Next up was the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition.
The orange and blue paint scheme is a reference to the Gulf Oil livery that adorned the GT40 during its iconic third straight win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968.
Rick Hendrick, of Hendrick Motorsports, took the GT home with a winning bid of $2.5 Million which was donated to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
For more information about United Way for Southeastern Michigan, visit https://unitedwaysem.org/. Information about JDRF can be found at https://www.jdrf.org/. For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website, or go to its Facebook page.