Barrett-Jackson CEO Takes Home 2020 Shelby GT500 for $1.1 Million
All proceeds from the auction go will toward diabetes research.
There’s nothing like the feeling of being the first to own something, especially if that something is also the first one of its kind. You feel like the king of the world with your prized possession, knowing that while there may be others like it, yours will always be No. 1.
Barrett-Jackson chair and CEO Craig Jackson knows this feeling quite well. According to Ford, Jackson is the first-ever owner of the first-ever 2020 Shelby GT500.
Jackson won the first 2020 GT500 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona with a bid of $1.1 million, with the proceeds going to JDRF in the fight against Type 1 diabetes.
“The chance to become the owner of the first 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 cars is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Ford global operations chief Joe Hinrichs in a recent press statement. “More importantly, being involved in helping to raise much-needed funds and awareness for JDRF is a big win for everyone.”
“For 35 years, Ford Motor Company has fueled the efforts of JDRF researchers to find a cure, while helping millions of children enjoy better lives,” added Edsel B. Ford II in a recent press statement. He escorted the GT500 to the block with the grandson of Carroll Shelby, Aaron Shelby. “The proceeds from this car will add to the more than $3.5 million Ford contributes to JDRF annually, for a total of $70 million donated during our long-time partnership.”
As part of the terms of the deal, Jackson will be able to choose the color and any and all options available for the No. 1 GT500 before it rolls into Scottsdale. We can’t wait to see what the auction house legend ticks off the build sheet.