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 AutoGuide.com 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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