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Up for Auction: Ford Concepts for Charity

Ford is auctioning off two of their concept cars. The proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Ford has been involved with several charities recently, and as an effort to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation the American automaker is auctioning off two of their concept cars this month in Monterey. The first car donated by the Ford Motor Co. is the 2005 Ford Shelby GR-1 concept car. The car first debuted in Monterey during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, so it is perhaps rather fitting that it is set to be auctioned off there.

As one of only two models ever made, the GR-1 was built on the GT platform and the coupe was designed to pay tribute to the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe. The GR-1 doesn't contain an engine, interior or drivetrain but it is still expected to go for $150,000-$200,000. Ford's second donation is the 2001 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster concept. The car was originally unveiled at the 2002 NAIAS and draws inspiration from the 1960s Thunderbirds. The bright red ride features an integrated chrome hood scoop with chrome headlights and a chrome-finished grille.

All that chrome contrasts distinctively with the quasi-Red Hot Chili Peppers' logo 18-inch wheels and Ford's ceramic white leather interior. The Roadster is not DOT- or EPA-certified and cannot be registered for highway use in the U.S. It is estimated to pull in $125,000-$175,000. The 2001 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster and the Ford Shelby GR-1 concept cars are going up for auction to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The auction will be held in Monterey, California during the 19th and 20th of August. The event will take place during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

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