The auto world’s first glimpse at the all-new Mustang Shelby GT350 was at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The auto world’s first opportunity to buy one will be in Scottsdale, Arizon on January 17th, 2015 when Barrett-Jackson holds its flagship collector car auction.
“The all-new Shelby GT350 is a thrilling, world-class car,” said Ford‘s North America car marketing manager, Steve Ling. “From the all-new independent suspension – a first for a Shelby − to the powerful engine and superb brakes, this car is simply amazing. Just as the Shelby GT350 did in 1965, we expect this new-generation pony car to demonstrate Ford Motor Company continues to lead the world in innovation and performance.”
The winning bidder of lot No. 3008, which will be selling with no reserve, will become the owner of the first retail production Shelby GT350. He or she will also be able to choose from available Shelby GT350 colors and packages. What isn’t on the option sheet is power − the only choice is Ford’s first-ever flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine — a design usually found on racing and exotic sports cars. The 5.2L engine will have more than 500 horsepower and a torque peak of more than 400 pound-feet, making it the most powerful naturally-aspirated Ford production engine ever.
All proceeds from the auction will go towards benefiting JDRF, a global organization that funds type 1 diabetes research.
“JDRF is privileged to work with Ford, and we are extremely grateful for the generous support from Ford and its employees through the years,” said JDRF chairman of international board of directors, John Brady. “We are honored to be part of the company’s 50-year celebration of the Shelby GT350 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. This very exciting and worthwhile event means a great deal to not only JDRF and the type 1 community, but to me personally as well. We are dedicated to continue our work and to share our vision of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.”
Live coverage of the auction of the Shelby GT350 will air on Velocity on Saturday, January 17th, 2015.