Ford Mustang 50th anniversary edition brings in $170kTue, 30 Sep 2014 14:15:00 EST
Just the other day, we reported on the first Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat selling for a whopping $825,000 at auction. But impressive as that sum was, the Challenger wasn't the only sought-after modern muscle car to cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Las Vegas this past weekend. So did this rare Ford Mustang.
The last of 1,964 special-edition 50 Years Limited Edition pony cars sold for a princely $170,000, with proceeds benefiting the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, a branch of the Henry Ford Health System.
The pony car in question is based on the 2015 Ford Mustang GT and upgrades with a performance package and nearly every option on the book, along with a unique appearance package to set it apart in celebration of the Mustang's 50th anniversary. It's available in two exclusive shades – Wimbledon white or Kona blue – with either a manual or automatic transmission. Only 1,964 highly symbolic examples were to be built, and this was the last of them.
50 YEARS LIMITED EDITION 2015 FORD MUSTANG RAISES $170,000 AT BARRETT-JACKSON LAS VEGAS FOR GET YOUR HEART RACING
- Final production unit of the 50 Years Limited Edition Ford Mustang, No. 1,964, commands $170,000 at Barrett-Jackson
- Proceeds from sale benefit Get Your Heart Racing program to support Henry Ford Health System's Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute
- Together, Ford Motor Company and Barrett-Jackson have raised more than $6 million for charity
The final production unit of the 50 Years Limited Edition Ford Mustang, carrying badge No. 1,964, fetched $170,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction. Ford Motor Company auctioned the coveted final production at No Reserve, with proceeds benefiting Get Your Heart Racing, a fundraising event supporting Henry Ford Health System's Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute.
After spirited bidding that electrified the auction block, Jack Fairchild purchased the final unit of the 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang. Fairchild is not only the proud owner of one of the rarest of this limited stock, but he has also made an important contribution to improving the health and well-being of individuals across the United States.
"It's a privilege to benefit from the auction of such a spectacular automobile," said Sandy Hudson, chief development officer, Henry Ford Hospital. "Henry Ford Hospital and its Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute are grateful for our ongoing relationship with both Ford and Barrett-Jackson that has allowed us to raise incredible amounts of funding for the Get Your Heart Racing program."
Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance package, the 50 Years Limited Edition model is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable. Complete vehicle specs and images of the base car can be found here.
"We're thrilled the No. 1,964 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang captured so much attention at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction," said Jim Owens, Ford Shelby, Boss and Mustang marketing manager. "Ford's long-standing relationship with Barrett-Jackson gives us the opportunity to benefit charities like the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute through the sale of exciting and rare Ford vehicles. The 50 Years Limited Edition 2015 Mustang is no exception."
Ford Motor Company and Barrett-Jackson have raised more than $6 million at various auctions benefiting local and national charities.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.
About the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute
With a history that spans more than 90 years, the Institute has earned an international reputation as a leader and innovator in comprehensive cardiovascular care, research and education. Established in 1946, the cardiac training program is one of the longest running in the U.S., and the first in Michigan. The program is one of only three in Michigan for advanced heart failure treatment options and one of the few programs in the U.S. offering robot-assisted laparoscopic aortic surgery.
By Noah Joseph
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