Ford has announced it will sell the first 2016 Shelby GT350 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scotsdale auction on 17 January with all proceeds going to charity.

LOT NO. 3008. The world’s first production 2016 Shelby GT350 will go under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson Scotsdale auction on 17 January. You can click here to view the lot. Ford says all the money raised will be donated to JDRF, a global organisation funding type 1 diabetes research. Ford did the same thing with the 2015 Mustang GT which sold for US$300,000 – it’s likely the Shelby GT350 will sell for a lot more than that.

Interestingly, lot no. 3008 isn’t actually a car, rather it’s the right for the successful bidder to have the first production 2016 Shelby GT350 built in the colour and with whatever available packages they like.

“The all-new Shelby GT350 is a thrilling, world-class car,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “From the all-new independent suspension – a first for a Shelby, to the powerful engine and superb brakes, this car is simply amazing. Just as the Shelby GT350 did in 1965, we expect this new-generation pony car to demonstrate Ford Motor Company continues to lead the world in innovation and performance.”

“We are honored to be part of the company’s 50-year celebration of the Shelby GT350 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. This very exciting and worthwhile event means a great deal to not only JDRF and the type 1 community, but to me personally as well. We are dedicated to continue our work and to share our vision of creating a world without type 1 diabetes,” said John Brady, JDRF chairman, international board of director

Oh, and if you do happen to be at the auction in January, Ford will have its 2015 vehicle line-up on hand as well as the Shelby American-built GT500 Super Snake and Shelby Focus ST.


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