Ford’s 1st GT Heritage, Mustang Shelby GT500 Auctioned for Charity

Ford’s 1st GT Heritage, Mustang Shelby GT500 Auctioned for Charity

Shelby GT500 VIN 001 sells for $1.1M at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction / Benjamin Raven / Jan. 21, 2019

Ford had a massive hand in helping raise $9.6 million for charity over the weekend thanks to its first GT Heritage and Mustang Shelby GT500 production models going for a combined $3.6 million at the annual Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A familiar name in Rick Hendrick, owner of NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports, was the owner of the winning $2.5 million bid placed Saturday, Jan. 19 for the first 2019 Ford GT Heritage edition. Proceeds from this sale will go toward the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, according to the Dearborn-based automaker.

As for Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 No. 1, which was just unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 14, the automaker says this model went for $1.1 million to Carolyn and Craig Jackson. Proceeds from the first 2020 GT500 will go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a type one diabetes research funding and advocacy nonprofit group.

Mustang Shelby GT500 No. 1, fresh off its debut last week at the Detroit auto show, was offered at the auction in all available colors.

“As a lifelong Shelby Mustang fan, it was especially exciting to be the winning bidder of the 2020 Shelby GT500 VIN 001, the auction’s CEO and winner of the GT500, Craig Jackson, said in a statement.