The first 2020 Shelby GT500 is one mean, green machine
When CEO and Chairman of Barrett-Jackson auction house Craig Jackson plunked down $1.1 million for the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN #001 last year, he was seeing green—but not in the way that you might think. Jackson also holds the keys to the Green Hornet, a legendary 1968 Mustang Shelby prototype. In the spirit of that car, he made the call to slather his new GT500 in the same gorgeous green paint, dubbed Candy Apple Green.
Let’s quickly clear the air. Ford did announce a new shade of green for the GT500 for St. Patrick’s Day, but that was Grabber Lime—a brighter, more vibrant shade of green with more yellow undertones than Jackson’s Candy Apple Green. And no, you won’t be able to check Candy Apple Green on your order form; Ford confirmed that this was purely a one-off done for #001.
While $1.1M is a large sum of money to pay for a car that starts at $73,995 including destination fees, we know that it’s going to a great cause. The money from that winning bid at 2019’s Scottsdale auction was donated to charity—specifically, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Plus, first-of and last-of enthusiast vehicles are auction staples. Case in point: Barrett-Jackson is auctioning off the first production C8 Corvette at this year’s Scottsdale sale. If you’d like to take a gander at both #001 and the Green Hornet, you’re in luck—both cars will be on display during Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction, taking place January 11–19.