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.”

Up for Auction: The First 2015 Ford Mustang

The first 2015 Ford Mustang will be up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Auction on January 18th in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first retail 2015 Ford Mustang will be a GT featuring a 5.0-liter V8 engine, 420-horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The winner of the auction will have their choice between a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission and will be able to choose the colors of their new Mustang.

The all-new Mustang will have no reserve at the auction and the proceeds will benefit JDRF an organization that researches Type 1 Diabetes. “Ford’s charitable vehicle sales at Barrett-Jackson have raised more than $3 million for JDRF through the years, and these funds are helping us make tremendous progress towards therapies and treatments that will make life better for people with type 1 diabetes today as we work to find a cure for this terrible disease,” Jeffrey Brewer president and CEO of JDRF remarks.

The Mustang will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary for the 2015 model year with a new sleek exterior design and all of the best in technologies. Friendly Ford is proud to be part of a company that gives back to communities and charities.