Update (1/18/2014): The first retail Mustang GT sold for $300,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale.
This coming January, Ford will auction off, at no reserve, the first retail 2015 Ford Mustang GT fastback at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. As with years past, proceeds from the auction of the car will go to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the country’s leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.
“We’re kicking off the next 50 years of Mustang in style with a 2015 model featuring a sleek all-new design, world-class performance and innovative technologies,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “We’re thrilled to be able to take advantage of Mustang’s popularity to help achieve the dream of ending juvenile diabetes.”
The 2015 Ford Mustang, which is expected to go on sale here in the United States at the end of 2014, made its worldwide debut in early December. Most would agree it’s the most technologically advanced Ford Mustang in the history of the car. Some features include an independent rear suspension, a backup camera as standard equipment, and various driving modes depending on the current road conditions. The new Mustang also features launch control designed to allow for smooth and consistent starts on the track.
On April 17, 2014, the Mustang will celebrate its 50th birthday. In honor of this special milestone, each 2015 model will be equipped with a badge showing the galloping pony logo and the words, “Mustang – Since 1964.”
Ford says that the winning bidder of the car, Lot No. 3010, will be able to choose either a manual or automatic transmission as well as any interior, exterior and stripe color combination offered on the new Ford Mustang GT.
Jeffrey Brewer, president and CEO of JDRF said, “JDRF is very grateful for the generous and steadfast support from Ford and its employees over the years. It is an incredible honor to be a part of Mustang’s 50th celebration and we are so thankful for the donation of the auction proceeds which will go directly to JDRF’s type 1 diabetes research programs.” He added, “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.”
Barrett-Jackson’s President Steve Davis said, “Ford Mustangs have always been among the most popular collector cars at Barrett-Jackson Collector Car events. While every collector wishes they had snapped up the first Mustang sold in 1964, this is an opportunity to realize that dream in a different way.”
Ford said the company plans to offer ride-and-drive and hot lap experiences at WestWorld for those attending the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. The ride-and-drive will feature Ford’s stable of 2014 vehicles, as well as hot lap experiences in the Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.
The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction runs from January 12 - 19, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The auction of Ford’s 2015 Ford Mustang will take place on Saturday January 18th at 7:30 p.m. MST. Saturday is one of the show’s most prominent days.
Televised coverage of the show will be covered by Fox and National Geographic Channel. About Mustangs will also be in attendance during this year’s show, providing daily recaps in addition to auction photos and interviews from Scottsdale.
In a press release Barrett-Jackson said, “Barrett-Jackson’s historic auction week attracts top car aficionados and collectors with some of the world’s most valuable collectible and coveted vehicles. On Saturday, Jan. 18th, the Salon Collection will begin crossing the block LIVE between 1-3 p.m. MST on FOX. This segment will be called “A tribute to Americana.” The Salon Collection will resume from 5-7 p.m. MST and will be shown on the National Geographic Channel.”