Big Wins for Everyone at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

The 48th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction was a huge success for buyers, Ford, and two worthy charities. The automotive company brought two of its most treasured cars to the auction house — the first 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 and the first 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition — and sold them earning a total $3.6 million for charities.

The 2020 Mustang Shelby at the auction was the very first production model of its kind, VIN 001. The famed muscle car gained its biggest win ever after selling for $1.1 million, proceeds that will be donated directly to researchers with JDRF in an attempt to cure children with type 1 diabetes.

Ford President, global operations, Joe Hinrichs said, “The chance to become the owner of the first 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 is an opportunity of a lifetime.” Clearly the chance was irresistible since Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, was the winning bidder. Hinrichs went on to say that raising funds and awareness for JDRF is a big win for everyone.

Ford has helped JDRF on their quest to cure childhood type 1 diabetes for the past 35 years, and this donation will be huge for the organization’s goal of helping millions of children enjoy better lives.

Hours later the first 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition with famed Gulf racing theme sold for $2.5 million. The car honors legendary race victories of the past with a goal of helping people today. Ford donated the winning bid of $2.5 million to United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Henrichs was joined by Dr. Darlenne Driver, president and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, drove the limited edition GT across the auction block together showing their cooperation in a big, bold way. “The chance to become the owner of the first 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition with famous Gulf racing colors is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Hinrichs. Driver joined in saying, “Proceeds from the sale of this rare Ford GT supercar will bolster our efforts to ensure more families in underserved communities across southeast Michigan can access the resources they need to build a strong, equitable community.”

“Ford Motor Company has always championed and supported organizations that seek to improve the lives of people and communities who are at risk,” said Edsel B. Ford II, Ford Motor Company board member. “We’re proud to have helped continue this tradition at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale. Working with JDRF and United Way of Southeastern Michigan we helped raise much needed funds and awareness for these two wonderful organizations.”

For more information about United Way for Southeastern Michigan, visit Information about JDRF can be found at

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