Ford is a big fan of charity auctions, and they always bring out special models that are guaranteed to raise some serious cash for whatever cause they are supporting. So after providing the Young Eagles program with a check for $400K, they announced auctioning of the last 2014MY Shelby GT500 Convertible to benefit the Brain Injury Association of America.
The car will be auctioned at no reserve during the inaugural Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson in Reno, in an event attended by Indy 500 winner and supporter of BIAA, Parnelli Jones. The wining bidder will be able to customize interior, exterior and stripe color combination of this GT500 Convertible, making it a true one-off which also has the signature of Mr. Jones.
The story of Jones association with BIAA is actually quite moving. He came to know the organization after his son, Page Jones, a rising racing star, suffered a severe brain injury during a Sprint Car race. He is the subject of a documentary by BIAA to raise awareness of the importance of rehabilitation for those who suffer from traumatic brain injury.
We really do hope this GT500 sells for a hefty price and support the association in their noble efforts. The 622 horsepower Convertible with a 0 to 60 time of just over 3 seconds is certainly interesting enough for the bidders to pay top dollar for. And kudos to Ford for always being ready to help good causes.