The very first retail 2015 Ford Mustang GT fastback will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 18, 2014 with all proceeds to benefit JDRF, the country’s leading diabetes research charity. Not hitting the sales floor until fall of 2014, the newly-redesigned ’15 Mustang will be the first Mustang to go up for sale and for a great cause.
“We’re kicking off the next 50 years of Mustang in style with a 2015 model featuring a sleek all-new design, world-class performance and innovative technologies,” says Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “We’re thrilled to be able to take advantage of Mustang’s popularity to help achieve the dream of ending juvenile diabetes.”
The Mustang has always been “the car designed to be designed by you” with a wide range of powertrains, body styles, colors, and many other customizable options to fit all kinds of personalities. This new 2015 Mustang edition is no exception with three different engine options, an abundance of technology features, and unlimited personalization.
The winning bidder of Lot No. 3010 can choose between an automatic or manual transmission, their choice of interior, exterior, and stripe combination offered on the brand-new S550 Mustang. The Mustang will also sport signatures of the team involved in Mustang design.
“JDRF is very grateful for the generous and steadfast support from Ford and its employees over the years. It is an incredible honor to be a part of Mustang’s 50th celebration and we are so thankful for the donation of the auction proceeds, which will go directly to JDRF’s type 1 diabetes research programs,” says Jeffrey Brewer, president and CEO of JDRF. “Ford’s charitable vehicle sales at Barrett-Jackson have raised more than $3 million for JDRF through the years, and these funds are helping us make tremendous progress towards therapies and treatments that will make life better for people with type 1 diabetes today as we work to find a cure for this terrible disease.”
As one of JDRF’s first global partners, Ford has supported the organization since 1983. “Ford Mustangs have always been among the most popular collector cars at Barrett-Jackson Collector Car events,” says Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “While every collector wishes they had snapped up the first Mustang sold in 1964, this is an opportunity to realize that dream in a different way.”
The 2015 Mustang GT comes with upgrades bumping the car to over 420hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Under the new body the Mustang has a new front and rear suspension to help with handling and to help throw the power down to the asphalt where it belongs. Another sweet option is launch control, which enables smooth and consistent starts.
This coming April 17, 2014 marks the Mustang’s 50th birthday. On that day back in 1964, the first production Mustang was introduced to the public. Each 2015 Ford Mustang model sports the galloping pony logo and the words, “Mustang – Since 1964.”
While the Barrett-Jackson auction goes on, Ford will offer ride-and-drives and hot lap experiences at WestWorld for those in attendance. The ride-and-drive will feature Ford’s 2014 models with the hot lap featuring the Shelby GT500, Focus ST, and Fiesta ST.
The Need For Speed wide-body Mustang will also be on display during the auction with its 22-inch alloy wheels, large intakes, and supercharged V-8 engine.
For more info, visit Barrett-Jackson or on its Facebook page here.
UPDATE: The First 2015 Ford Mustang sold for $300k benefiting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!