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First 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 to be Auctioned Off at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

2003 Mustang GT Coupe and Convertible Concept Cars Also Hit the Block

 |  Mar 17 2009, 2:36 PM

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The upcoming Palm-Beach Barrett-Jackson auction will once again feature a a few quality collectibles from the Ford Motor Company, including a 2010 Ford Shelby GT500, as well as the 2003 Mustang GT Coupe and Convertible Concept cars. The proceeds from the sales of all three cars at the annual Palm-Beach auction will be donated to two charities with sale of the Shelby GT500 helping The Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation and the sale of the concept cars helping the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“During the last three years, Ford and Barrett-Jackson have raised more than $2 million for charity through the auction of Ford vehicles,” noted Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company’s president, The Americas. “Ford and Barrett-Jackson will continue this important tradition at this year’s Palm Beach auction. The winning bidders for these fantastic Mustangs will be contributing to worthy causes while purchasing automotive history.”

The 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 will be auctioned off in Kona Blue with white stripes, as chosen by Carroll Shelby.

As for the other two models, the Redline Red Metallic Ford Mustang GT Convertible Concept is a real eye-catcher with 20-inch wheels and Brembo brakes. It also features red and charcoal leather with 4-point racing harnesses, watch-style instruments and a billet-aluminum shifter for the 5-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle, it should be noted, is actually based on the Ford Thunderbird rear-wheel drive architecture.

The final model is the Tungsten Silver Ford Mustang GT Coupe Concept, with a glass roof and red and black leather inside.  Under the hood is a 400hp superchared 4.6-liter V8.

The Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson auction takes place from April 9th to 11th.

GALLERY: 2003 Mustang Coupe & Convertible Concept Cars

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More on Mustangs up to Auction at Palm-Beach the after the jump:

Press Release

Immediate Release

FORD MOTOR COMPANY TO SELL THREE HISTORIC MUSTANGS FOR CHARITY AT BARRETT-JACKSON PALM BEACH AUCTION

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 16, 2009 – Ford Motor Company will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Mustang by auctioning the first retail 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 and a pair of Mustang GT concept cars during the 7th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction on April 9-11, 2009. The three historic Mustangs will be sold for charity and are among 400-plus collector vehicles to be auctioned at No Reserve during the automotive lifestyle event at the Americraft Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds. SPEED will provide live, high-definition TV coverage of the auction once again.

“It’s rare for a concept vehicle, especially one as iconic as the Ford Mustang, to be sold to the public,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Giving enthusiasts an opportunity to take home the ultimate keepsake is an admirable way to mark the 45th anniversary of the Mustang, which will be celebrated a few days after our event.”

All proceeds above MSRP from the sale of the Shelby GT500 will be donated to The Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation. The two Mustang concepts will be auctioned to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“During the last three years, Ford and Barrett-Jackson have raised more than $2 million for charity through the auction of Ford vehicles,” noted Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company’s president, The Americas. “Ford and Barrett-Jackson will continue this important tradition at this year’s Palm Beach auction. The winning bidders for these fantastic Mustangs will be contributing to worthy causes while purchasing automotive history.”

The first 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 (Lot #665) is the latest in high-performance cars and features a color scheme and equipment personally chosen by Carroll Shelby. Clad in Kona Blue with white stripes, this GT500 has world-class handling, aggressive styling, and extreme levels of horsepower and torque that are unparalleled in its segment.

The two Mustang concepts on the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach docket debuted at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and have traveled to more than 50 auto shows around the world. The fresh design foreshadowed a new direction for the 2005 model year that is still relevant in today’s Mustangs.

The Redline Red Metallic Ford Mustang GT convertible concept (Lot #655) features a distinct “showbar” with a rim of billet-aluminum trim picking up where the instrument panel and console trim leave off. The dazzling red car is pure muscle from its 20-inch wheels and cross-drilled Brembo brakes to the sharp accent line that runs the length of the body and culminates in a “C-scoop” behind the door cutline. The convertible’s interior, awash in supple red and charcoal leather, includes perforated surfaces on the seat backs, as well as a billet-aluminum shifter for the 5-speed automatic transmission, 4-point racing-style seatbelts and unique instrument gauges that resemble a fine watch with its face removed.

“This car began with a significantly modified Ford Thunderbird rear-wheel-drive architecture,” noted Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The platform was sectioned to achieve the proper proportion and the front-end geometry is all original. This is truly a piece of history that represents the transition to an entirely new Mustang.”

The Tungsten Silver Ford Mustang GT coupe concept (Lot #655.1) has a glass roof and lush red and charcoal leather interior accented by billet-aluminum hardware. Its upward rake angle makes the car appear to be in motion even while at a standstill. The styling matches its convertible sibling. The functional hood scoops help the supercharged engine breathe as it churns out nearly 400 horsepower.

The Mustang GT coupe concept, which debuted at the North American Auto Show in January of 2003, signaled a new direction for the 2005 Mustang. This car travelled to more than fifty auto shows around the world after its debut in Detroit 2003. The Tungsten Silver coupe interprets the performance edge of Mustang’s heritage. The cockpit is dramatic for the driver and passenger with its glass roof and lush red and charcoal leather accented by billet-aluminum hardware. The cluster gauges, 3-spoke steering wheel and innovative cockpit dash design are clear cues from a rich Mustang history, but there is no denying that Ford’s new Mustang GT concept celebrates that heritage in a dramatically modern interpretation of the future. Unlike production Mustangs, the Mustang GT concept has only two seats – racing-inspired with red perforated leather. Instead of a 2+2 design, the Mustang GT coupe’s billet-aluminum strut brace linking the two rear shock towers serves as the primary hold down for a backseat mounted spare tire. The Mustang GT concept’s adaptive headlamps are like technical jewels. Two concentric rings are shielded behind a single lens. The rings rotate in a helix pattern to zoom in and out like a camera lens. From a single light source, the Mustang GT concepts use fiber optic ribbon to deliver adaptable light levels through their highly focused lenses. An upward rake angle makes the car appear to be in motion even while at a standstill. The 20″ wheels and 13.8″ vented and cross-drilled Brembo disc brakes are pushed out to the corners and anchor the design to the road. A sharp accent line runs the length of the body just above the rocker panel and culminates in a “C-scoop” design behind the door cutline. The design creates an intentional visual link with the C-pillar design. The functional hood scoops help the Supercharged engine breathe as it churns out nearly 400hp. The engine bay boasts a MOD 4.6 Liter 90-degree cast-iron block V8 with aluminum heads, a belt-driven supercharger and a liquid-to-air intercooler. This concept car will be auctioned off for charity with all proceeds going to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

he Mustang GT convertible concept, which debuted at the North American Auto Show in January of 2003, signaled a new direction for the 2005 Mustang. After its debut, this car travelled to more than 50 auto shows around the world. The Redline Red Metallic car features a distinct “showbar” with a rim of billet-aluminum trim picking up where the instrument panel and console trim leave off. This car started out with a significantly modified Ford Thunderbird rear-wheel-drive architecture. The platform was sectioned to achieve the proper proportion. The front-end geometry is all original. The 20″ wheels and 13.8″ vented and cross-drilled Brembo disc brakes are pushed out to the corners and anchor the design to the road. A sharp accent line runs the length of the body just above the rocker panel and culminates in a “C-scoop” design behind the door cutline to create an intentional visual link with the C-pillar design. The Mustang GT convertible’s interior is awash in supple red and charcoal leather and accented with billet-aluminum hardware that gives an appearance that is robust and highly technical. The modern interior design pays homage to another era in Mustang history while the use of high-quality materials, precision craftsmanship and technical innovations point to Mustangs to come. Upon opening the door, both driver and passenger will see the Ford logo proudly displayed on a billet-aluminum sill panels. The interior includes perforated red leather surfaces on the seat backs and steering wheel, as well as a billet-aluminum shifter for the 5-speed automatic transmission, 4-point racing-style seatbelts and unique instrument gauges that look like a fine watch with its face removed. Four-point harnesses brace the occupants for what they see next. The cluster instrumentation is unique, but features a familiar, round optical look. Rather than using needle pointers, the gauges feature a small, gear-driven, trolley scored with indicator lines that rides around the inside of the bezel matching rpm and groundspeed. This concept car will be auctioned off for charity with all proceeds going to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

  • Larry Peeden

    I was told by Shelby automobiles that they only have 3000 gt 500 cobras to build 500 super snakes. Sounded like solid info to me. I have a 2010. Gt 500 that is black with silver stripes. I considered the super snake package, but with these low production numbers I decided against it. Larry Peeden