2016 Ford Shelby GT350 set for Pebble Beach charity auction



2015-08-04 14:51:33

Gooding & Company will offer a 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 for charity as part of the highly-anticipated Pebble Beach sale later this month.

The state-of-the-art automobile will be sold to benefit the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, a charity that helps post-9/11 veterans and military families reintegrate from military service to civilian life.

The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 is the first vehicle to implement Ford’s newly-designed flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V-8 engine, offering an 8,250 rpm redline and 90% of its peak torque available from 3,450 rpm to 7,000 rpm. The engine has been described as "the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine ever to grace a Ford".

“This is one of the most exotic engines ever produced by a major American manufacturer plus the fact that it’s going into the most American of cars,” said Jay Leno, the comedian and renowned car collector who will present the car at auction. “I am proud to help auction this car off where the proceeds will go to helping our veterans.”

The car will cross the auction block on August 15, and is expected to sell for $75,000-$100,000.

“I thank the Sondland-Durant Foundation, Ford Motor Company, Gooding & Company, and Jay Leno for their generosity in supporting the Military Service Initiative at the Bush Center,” said President George W. Bush. “I also want to thank whoever buys this beautiful car for contributing to a worthy cause. You are helping ensure that our transitioning veterans and their families get the support they need and deserve, and I’m grateful.”

The Gooding & Company Pebble Beach sale takes place on August 15-16, as part of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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