Barrett-Jackson CEO Takes Home 2020 Shelby GT500 for $1.1 Million

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2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 No. 1

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.

2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 No. 1

“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.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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