- ford's first mustang shelby gt500 off the line will be displayed in a place of honor during the barrett-jackson scottsdale auction later this month.
- the car, which bears vin 001, is painted in candy apple green in homage to the 1968 shelby gt500 prototype known as the green hornet.
- the green hornet and the 2020 car will be displayed together at the auction, january 11–19. the new car has already been purchased by auction company chairman and ceo craig jackson for $1.1 million, with the funds going to charity.
doing good can be even more awesome than usual if you're the scion of a car-auction dynasty. just ask craig jackson, chairman and ceo of barrett-jackson auctions. jackson took possession of this candy apple green 2020 ford mustang shelby gt500 after paying $1.1 million for it at last year's scottsdale auction, funds that will benefit the juvenile diabetes research foundation (jdrf).
what the heck is the candy apple green all about? jackson, invited to pick any color, decided to match the acidic shade of the green hornet, a famous 1968 mustang shelby prototype that's also in his personal collection. he was also invited to watch it roll off the production line in flat rock, michigan.
both shelbys will be on display at scottsdale during the barrett-jackson auction, which runs from january 11 to 19. this auction company has a history of auctioning mustangs and other fords for charity: 20 of them over the past 13 years, raising $6.5 million for the jdrf charity.
the 2020 shelby gt500, of course, is more than a museum piece. it's equipped with a supercharged 760-hp 5.2-liter v-8 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and when not involved in a high-profile charity auction, its base price is $73,995.