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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, VIN 001, Rolls Off Line in Candy Apple Green, Already Earning $1.1 Million for 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.

Craig Jackson watches 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 on the Flat Rock, Michigan, production line.

Both Shelbys were 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.

“Green Hornet” and its long-lost sister, the 1967 Shelby GT500 prototype known as “Little Red,” on display together for the first time ever, along with their 2020 counterparts

1968 Ford "Green Hornet" Mustang Shelby prototype next to 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, VIN 001.

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.

Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson gave media and the public its first look at his newly restored 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 EXP prototype known as “Little Red”. Once believed destroyed and lost forever, Little Red was discovered on March 3, 2018, in rural North Texas by a team led by Jackson and classic car restoration specialist, Jason Billups. This Shelby prototype has been one of the most sought-after and elusive vehicles in postwar history.

The historic unveil took place this month during the 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale. Among other guests, Jackson was joined by Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson; Jim Owens, Ford Mustang Brand Manager; and Aaron Shelby, grandson of Carroll Shelby. Other representatives from Ford Motor Company, Shelby American and Shell Pennzoil were also in attendance.

Source: Car and Driver
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