Proceeds for both will be going straight to charity.
Auctioning off the first and sometimes final production-spec version of a popular vehicle has become a common yet highly successful method of generating cash that's often donated directly to charity. Past examples include the first 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the last Dodge Challenger Demon and Viper, which sold for a combined $1 million. And now Barrett-Jackson has announced the first 2021 Ford Bronco and 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will be auctioned off during its Scottsdale, Arizona event scheduled for March 20-27, 2021.
Proceeds from Bronco VIN 001 will be given to the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound. Both organizations are part of the Blue Oval's Bronco Wild Fund initiative that aims to connect people with the outdoors. The Bronco, quite obviously, is ideally suited for the outdoor adventure lifestyle.
The Mustang Mach-1's proceeds are to be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a non-profit organization that funds type 1 diabetes research.
Barrett-Jackson says it has helped raise over $127 million for over 130 local and national charitable organizations. "The 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door VIN 001 and 2021 Mustang Mach 1 VIN 001 are born from two of the world's most fabled vehicles," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "The return of these two models is among the most celebrated of our time. I'm really excited about both of these reborn icons selling on our auction block and, since I own a vintage Bronco myself, am particularly interested to see what VIN 001 of the new model will bring."
That Bronco will be a fully-loaded, two-door First Edition variant equipped with the Sasquatch Package and finished in Lighting Blue with a modular painted black hardtop. Under its hood will lie the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 rated at 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Mustang Mach 1 VIN 001 will be finished in Fighter Jet Gray and powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 with 480 hp and 420 lb-ft of twist.
Anyone can sign up to be a registered bidder but you'd better come ready with deep pockets if you're keen to own one or both of these Fords.