Any time a major new sports car gets brought to market, the first example always seems to end up at an auction in no time at all. Yesterday three of those cars were sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale and raised a total of $5.7 million for some very worthy charities; two of those cars were only just revealed last week… officially, anyway (glares at Toyota). The first production examples of the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition, 2020 Ford Shelby GT500, and Toyota GR Supra were up for grabs. Here’s the quick breakdown.
It’s no surprise that the top-selling car of the bunch was the Ford GT Heritage Edition which raised $2.5 million. With the legendary Gulf Racing colors finally making it to an official Ford product again, VIN #001 of the already very limited supercar went to Rick Hendrick who owns that one NASCAR team which does pretty well. All of Mr. Hendrick’s funds will help Michigan families via United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
Now the second-highest selling car of the bunch may… uh, not be what you were expecting. The “Global #1” 2020 Toyota GR Supra commanded a seriously impressive $2.1 million with all funds going to the American Heart Association and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The AHA funds research and advocates for stronger public health policies and the BWF is a charity founded by ABC reported Bob Woodruff who survived an IED impact and now works to benefit impacted veterans, service members, and their families. Toyota did not disclose who the winning bidder was.
And because it’s not a true Shelby unless it goes to Barrett-Jackson, the winning bid for the first of the “700--horsepower” 2020 Shelby GT500s was $1.1 million and was placed by Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. All proceeds go to JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Now that the first of the new GT500s is in private hands, maybe he can take it to a dyno so we can finally get a real horsepower figure…
[Sources: Ford, Toyota]