A highly-desirable, limited-production Heritage Edition Mustang Shelby GT500 will roll across the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Houston, and 100 percent of the hammer-price proceeds will go to two nonprofits supporting those tragically affected by Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida.
Businessman/philanthropist George Shinn has generously donated this high-performance vehicle to support relief efforts from both Samaritan’s Purse and the Florida Disaster Fund. The GT500 Heritage Edition will be featured at Barrett-Jackson’s Houston Auction, Saturday, Oct. 22.
“We’re proud to once again team up with George Shinn to support those currently suffering from unspeakable tragedies,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Earlier this year during our Palm Beach Auction, we auctioned one of George’s vehicles to support humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine, helping raise over $1.7 million for the cause. We look forward to answering the call once again alongside George next week as we support those in need here at home.”
The 2022 machine will be driven onto the Barrett-Jackson auction block by Shawn Shelby, grandson of Carroll Shelby and an American racer and entrepreneur. Carroll Shelby and Ford developed the first-generation Shelby GT500 based on the second-generation pony car for the 1967 model year. The car utilized a modified 428ci V8 engine inspired by his team’s 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans in 1966.
Paying homage to the original 1967 Shelby GT500, this limited-production 2022 GT500 Heritage Edition fastback is finished in Brittany Blue with Wimbledon White racing stripes. Ford Performance designed and engineered the 2022 GT500 as the most powerful street-legal Ford ever built, utilizing a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine known as the “Predator,” rated with 760 horsepower and 625 ft/lbs of torque. It’s paired with a TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with race-bred control strategies and advanced drive modes.
The sale of the Heritage Edition GT500 will benefit Samaritan’s Purse and the Florida Disaster Fund with their ongoing hurricane relief efforts. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. It has three Disaster Relief Units in Florida – Fort Myers, Englewood and Punta Gorda – where volunteers are helping thousands of families. Samaritan’s Purse Vice President of Operations, Edward Graham—youngest son of Franklin and Jane Graham and grandson of Billy Graham—will join the car on the block for this charitable auction.
The Florida Disaster Fund is Florida’s official private fund established to assist the state’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the Florida Disaster Fund distributes its donations to service organizations serving individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery.
“It’s an honor to continue our legacy here at Barrett-Jackson of supporting those in need and doing so at a time when they need it the most,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The generosity of our consignors and bidders continues to amaze me, and I look forward to what will be an incredible moment on the auction block in Houston as we come together to support our brothers and sisters in Florida who have lost so much.”
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