Ford has auctioned off its very first 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang, VIN# 001, at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. The winning bid came in at a cool $1 million, and the proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the country’s leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.
The proud new owner of the first production Ford Shelby GT350R will get to choose from any of the available colors and options.
The Shelby GT350R was designed to be Ford’s most powerful supercar yet, capable of delivering on-track performance never before seen from a Mustang. Improved aerodynamics, updated chassis engineering, and light-weighting are factors that contribute to the GT350R’s impressive performance.
“The Shelby GT350R is a world-class car, the best performing Mustang that we have ever built,” said Raj Nair, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development. “We are thrilled to donate the first retail production Shelby GT350R to JDRF for auction. When this car crosses the auction block it should raise a tremendous amount of money for a great charity.”
And that it did. According to motorauthority.com, this Barrett-Jackson auction sold 1,600 cars, with a total value reaching more than $130 million. That marks a new record in the auction house’s 44-year history. The auction of the first Ford Shelby GT350R certainly helped achieve that record.
Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we couldn’t be more excited for the all-new 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang. Stop by to learn more!