Shelby GT500, VIN 001

Shelby GT500, VIN 001

In Candy Apple Green

(Photos courtesy Ford Motor Company)

The first production 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 rolled off the factory floor at Michigan’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant before the holidays with a truly one-of-a-kind paint. The car was acquired by the Bartlett-Jackson auction house CEO, Craig Jackson, who happily paid a seven-figure price tag for a good cause: The proceeds from the $1.1 million auction are to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Jackson had the freedom to choose any color for his car, ultimately deciding to go with a shade similar to his ?Green Hornet. The unique look was created by BASF and Penske after combining a Lime Green base coat with a Candy Apple Green overcoat.

The two cars shared the stage during the auction event, along with two additional vehicles from Jackson’s personal collection – a recently restored ’67 Shelby GT500 a.k.a. “Little Red” complemented by another GT500, this time a new 2020 example finished in Rapid Red.

It’s worth mentioning the 2020 GT500 VIN 001 is one of the 20 Ford vehicles that have been auctioned by Barrett-Jackson since 2007 to fund the JDRF, managing to raise more than $6.5 million in this interval.