Ford Auctions First Shelby GT350R Mustang to Support Diabetes Research

Shelby GT350RExclusively available to one person, the first Shelby® GT350R Mustang was auctioned earlier this month at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. By the time the last paddle was raised and the bidding war had concluded, the historic road racer had raised $1,000,000 for the non-profit, JDRF, and its research for a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The new Shelby GT350R bears the illustrious VIN 001. There’s no wonder there was a bidding war to finally decide who would become the vehicle’s owner. For everyone else, the ‘Stang won’t become available until later this year. The GT350R will also be autographed by Ford’s team of talented designers, making it a true collector’s item.

But don’t be fooled. The new Shelby Mustang was not built to simply sit on display in a garage. The vehicle is Ford’s most track-ready Mustang to-date, equipped with the automaker’s first production V8 engine.

While we at Packey Webb Ford think the anonymous owner got a pretty sweet deal, so did the folks at JDRF.

“JDRF is honored to share in Ford’s 50-year celebration of the new Shelby GT350R at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale,” said Derek Rapp, president and CEO of the organization. “As the leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research, JDRF is extremely proud of our long-time partnership with Ford, and we are tremendously thankful for Ford’s continued support of JDRF. JDRF benefits greatly from this partnership, which is an essential element of our pursuit of our shared vision of a world without type 1.”

Ford to Hold 2015 Shelby GT350 Auction in Scottsdale

Almost 50 years ago, Ford unveiled the first ever Shelby GT350 Mustang, and it soon became an icon to car enthusiasts everywhere. Now, the automaker is reintroducing the vehicle to its lineup for 2015, and plans to hold a 2015 Shelby GT350 auction to benefit JDRF, an organization dedicated to researching a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The first production 2015 Shelby GT350 will be auctioned off Mustang Cobraat Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 17th–10 years to the day since the release of the original. The winner of the auction will be able to pick whichever color and packages he or she would like for the new car, and will be the lucky owner of a piece of automotive history.

Steve Ling, North American car marketing manager for Ford, commented, “The all-new Shelby GT350 is a thrilling, world-class car. From the all-new independent suspension–a first for a Shelby, to the powerful engine and superb brakes, this car is simply amazing. Just as the Shelby GT350 did in 1965, we expect this new-generation pony car to demonstrate Ford Motor Company continues to lead the world in innovation and performance.”

If you fancy your chances at winning this auction (and have a few spare million dollars lying around), head to Scottsdale for the auction in January. Just make sure to stop by Packey Webb Ford with your new muscle car so we can drool over it in person!