Ford Shelby GT350R Auction Raises $1 Million for Diabetes Research

Ford Shelby GT250R auctionWhen the first Ford Shelby® GT350R Mustang rolled off the assembly line, it wasn’t headed to Chi-town to join our display of vehicles here at Friendly Ford—or any other dealership for that matter. Instead, the road racer was delivered to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction where it was awarded to the highest bidder. The winning bid of the VIN 001 Shelby GT350R earned $1,000,000 for JDRF and its research in type 1 diabetes.

While the Shelby GT350R ‘Stang won’t officially go on sale until later this year, the auction of the first-ever retail production vehicle caused great excitement in the world of auto enthusiasts. It was also an exciting day for those affiliated with JDRF. The non-profit organization is dedicated to researching ways to better treat type 1 diabetes as they work to find a cure.

The $1,000,000 in funds received from the Ford Shelby GT350R auction will support the organization’s research.

JDRF is honored to share in Ford’s 50-year celebration of the new Shelby GT350R at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale,” said JDRF president and CEO, Derek Rapp. “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.”

Number 1,964 Limited Edition Mustang Set for Auction

There are few cars that are more recognizable than the Ford Mustang. As the iconic pony car celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Ford has decided to celebrate its popularity by auctioning off a 50 Years Limited-Edition Ford Mustang. This special ‘Stang, which has the badge number 1,964 (the year the Mustang was brought to life) will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson, with all proceeds going to Get Your Heart Racing, which supports Henry Ford Health System’s Edit and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car, said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound, and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car—it is the heart and soul of Ford Motor Company.”

The number 1,964 Limited Edition Mustang is based on the 2015 Mustang GT. Along with this sexy car, the winner will also receive the VIP package to Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Here, the preproduction unit of the 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang will be the official pace car.

While the 2015 Mustang isn’t available at dealerships yet, make sure to keep an eye on Friendly Ford’s dealership lots to ensure you don’t miss its arrival!