All profits will go to the U.S. Paralympic Fund.
The first Toyota Tundra Hybrid models will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona, this coming weekend with the sales set to benefit the brand's U.S. Paralympic Fund. The two examples that are due to go under the hammer will be the first hybrid production units that have been assembled at the company's San Antonio manufacturing plant.
The full sale amount of both trucks will be allocated to the fund which was launched by Toyota as a support program for Team USA's Paralympic athletes. The fund has been set up to benefit members who aim to make a name for themselves at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. It also supports those who took part in the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The first model that will take to the block is the first production unit of the Toyota Tundra Capstone which was announced just two weeks ago. The Capstone acts as the range's new flagship as it offers many chrome accents, a set of 22-inch wheels, luxurious leather upholstery, a 14-inch touchscreen complementing a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, and a panoramic moonroof. This model will be VIN 001.
VIN 002, and the second model to be auctioned off is the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro which takes the CrewMax 4x4 trim to the next level. For improved off-roading characteristics, this model features an electronically controlled locking rear differential, Fox off-road shocks, and a 1.1-inch front suspension lift. The company's Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control are also included in the package.
The trucks will feature the brand's new i-Force Max 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine with hybrid power. This generates 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque which is sent to a 4x4 system via the 10-speed automatic transmission. That's more power and torque than the Ford F-150 PowerBoost V6 makes. Both of these models will be the first hybrid trucks from the brand sold in North America and will only be delivered in spring this year. That's quite a bit sooner than some customers will receive their Tundras.
"Supporting philanthropic initiatives is the very foundation of Barrett-Jackson," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "Over our 50-year history, we have helped raise more than $135 million for many nonprofit organizations doing exceptional work in our communities, and we look forward to continuing these all-important efforts in Scottsdale with the auction of these new hybrid trucks from Toyota to benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund."
With the distinction of being VIN 001 and 002, we expect both these well-equipped pickups to sell for considerably more than you can buy them for at your local dealer.