Ford will sell to the highest bider the first retail unit of the all-new Mustang GT at Barrett-Jackson's auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 18 with all the proceeds going to JDRF, a global organization that funds 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 Ford's car marketing manager for North America, Steve Ling. "We're thrilled to be able to take advantage of the Mustang’s popularity to help achieve the dream of ending juvenile diabetes."
Besides being the first Mustang to be made available to the public, the car is made even more special since the team behind the all-new model's design and development will sign it. The vehicle will then be delivered to the winning bidder "after production of the new model begins."
"JDRF is very grateful for the generous and steadfast support from Ford and its employees over the years," shared JDRF president and chief executive Jeffrey Brewer. "It is an incredible honor to be a part of the Mustang’s 50th anniversary 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. 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 toward 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."