Barrett-Jackson's chairman placed the winning bid, and went to Flat Rock to pit it up in person.
Earlier this year, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson auctioned off the privilege of owning the first 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – just as its done with countless VIN 001 cars in the past, with proceeds going to charity. But on this occasion, it was the auction house's own chairman, Craig Jackson, who placed the generous winning bid. Now he's taken delivery, and Ford applied some special touches just for him.
After winning his own auction, Jackson asked Ford to paint the GT500 to match his priceless 1968 Shelby EXP500 prototype, known as the Green Hornet.
"In making this request, I truly had no idea what an extraordinary undertaking it was, but BASF and the paint specialists at Penske went above and beyond to make that happen," said Jackson. "The entire team at Ford went out of their way to help my dream become a reality, and I couldn't be more grateful."
First they gave it a Lime Green base coat, then they topped it with Candy Apple Green to make it shine like Jackson's original. They even hand-painted the EXP500 moniker on the side of the new one, and painted the door-mirror caps (which are usually left black) to match.
Jackson's winning bid of $1.1 million will go directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), an organization dedicated to finding a cure for type-1 diabetes, and one that Ford employees have supported for years, raising over $70 million for the cause to date.
Edsel Ford II and Aaron Shelby were on hand for the event, and having won the auction, Craig and Carolyn Jackson went to Flat Rock to watch their new Mustang being built. Now that it's complete, Barrett-Jackson will display the chairman's new GT500 alongside his original Green Hornet and another '67 GT500 prototype (called Little Red) in Scottsdale this January, a year after the original auction took place.