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.”