They risked their own lives to save others.
The upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas will take place during a very difficult and painful time. The recent mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 58 people and injured more than 500 people, is still very much on peoples' minds and will be for some time. But the auction house wants to help, and will do so by donating 100 percent of the proceeds from this 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake to the Las Vegas first responders, the heroes who risked their own lives to aid the shooting victims.
The car itself is being donated by Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis from his personal collection. It was originally owned by now former Ford CEO Mark Fields and was the seventh Shelby GT500 made in 2007. With more than 600 hp on tap, this Mustang's Super Snake conversion was personally overseen by the one and only Carroll Shelby. It's also equipped with the 40th anniversary package, featuring commemorative badges, revised suspension and upgraded brakes, among other things. "All of us at Barrett-Jackson are heartbroken over the tragic event in Las Vegas Sunday night," Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive stated in a press release.
"Like many people around the country, this event hit close to home. We are returning to Las Vegas for our 10th annual auction to stand by our partners. We had many friends in attendance at the concert, and were deeply saddened to learn the son of one of our valued customers tragically lost his life." With just 900 miles on its clock, this Mustang is literally brand new and is in impeccable condition. But most importantly, its final auction price will go towards a great cause on October 21. "All of us at Barrett-Jackson are overwhelmed with grief and sorrow for the victims and their families," Davis said.
"As stories continue to unfold, we're in awe of the first responders and the miraculous effort they put forth to illustrate once again what makes our country and our people special. We truly feel that we're part of the Las Vegas community, and I couldn't think of a better way to show support than giving something from my personal collection, which is also so close to my heart." Photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.