Ford Shelby GT500 Custom Heading to Charity Auction

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

A custom, one-off Ford Shelby GT500 will be auctioned off on September 22nd by the Henry Ford Health System with its proceeds to benefit the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Health System.

The unique GT500 was designed by Melvin Betancourt, a designer at Ford who was a patient at the Henry Ford Hospital. He decided to design and auction off the GT500 as a thank you gift to the facility and it will feature a pristine white exterior contrasted by white graphics, 20-inch wheels in a white finish, and white leather Recaro seats on the inside. All of the modifications are focused on the aesthetics of the GT500 as the potent 662-hp powerplant remains stock underneath the hood.

At last year’s auction event, a custom Boss 302 was auctioned off for $300,000. Considering Carroll Shelby’s recent passing, this GT500 will likely fetch quite a bit more.

[Source: Car & Driver]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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