We’ve learned everything Ford would tell us about the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition at the New York Auto Show last month, when the iconic pony turned half a century, but what Ford failed to mention is that this special muscle car will also get a convertible version.
Unfortunately, the drop-top pony isn’t intended to hit dealerships along with other 2015 Mustangs . The 50 Year Limited Edition-based cabriolet will only be built as a one-off, with its lucky owner to be decided through a charitable raffle.
Finished in Wimbledon White and fitted with all the amenities found on the 50th Anniversary Mustang, this unique ride will be equipped with a special instrument panel badge with serial number 0001 of 0001 and signed by company Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Just like the 50 Year Limited Edition, the convertible will be built in GT guise, with the iconic 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote engine under the hood.
The muscle car will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, who is raffling it to raise funds for its "No Opportunity Wasted" MS research initiative. The raffle tickets can be purchased in "limited numbers" through both the National MS Society and Ford, as well as on Ford4MS.com, for $20 each. The Society is hoping to raise $2 million for the unique Mustang, which shouldn’t be too hard. To achieve this goal, Ford and the National MS Society need to sell 100,000 tickets.
The winning raffle ticket will be drawn during the Woodward Dream Cruise on August 16.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition.
Why It Matters
Although it isn’t the first unique Ford Mustang created for such purposes, the 50 Years Convertible is the first one-of-a-kind 2015 ’Stang to roll out of Dearborn. Many are likely to follow, but there will be only one anniversary drop-top roaming the streets.
Unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show , the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition was created to mark the pony car’s 50th anniversary. Only 1,964 units will be built - a reference to the vehicle’s first year on the market – with all of them to be sold as GT models.
Fitted with several unique features inside and out, the 50 Year Mustang will be retailed in two exclusive colors, Wimbledon White (just like the first 1964 Mustang) and Kona Blue. Power will be provided by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine set to generate more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
The National MS Society, coordinated by its Michigan Chapter, is partnering with the Ford Motor Company to raffle off a 2015 Mustang 50 years convertible to help raise funds for the Society’s cutting edge "No Opportunity Wasted" (NOW) multiple sclerosis research initiative. The goal of the raffle is to raise $2 million.
The 2015 Ford Mustang 50 years convertible donated to the raffle will be a one-of-a-kind vehicle, featuring:
Special instrument panel badge engraved with the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford and the serial number 0001 of 0001
Wimbledon White exterior
Chrome-accented limited edition grille and tail lights
5.0-liter V8 engine with six-speed manual transmission
Black leather interior with cashmere accent stitching and cashmere seat inserts
19-inch premium painted Y-Spoke wheels
Rear decklid badge with "GT 50 Years" identification
"We’re thrilled to be able to work with and help The National MS Society again," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. "As pleased as we are to be able to help financially with the Society’s No Opportunity Wasted research project, we also feel it’s important to help raise greater awareness of this terrific program. That we’re creating one – and only one – Mustang GT 50 Years convertible for the Society shows how much we respect and support their efforts."
In addition to donating the vehicle, the Ford Motor Company is a long time charity partner with the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter and provides fundraising and volunteer support throughout the year to the organization that helps people affected by MS.
"We are so grateful for our continued and supportive relationship with Ford," said Elana Sullivan, president of the National MS Society – Michigan Chapter. "The funds raised through this raffle will be used to advance the productive and ongoing research to stop MS progression, restore function and end MS forever."
Adds Phil Keoghan, longtime National MS Society Ambassador and Ford enthusiast: "Talk about No Opportunity Wasted. This Ford raffle provides a unique opportunity to potentially own a one-of-a-kind Mustang while helping to create a world free of MS. It’s a win-win. Think No Opportunity Wasted…NOW!"
A limited number of raffle tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter and Ford Motor Company, while supplies last. Tickets are $20 each. Ticket requests can be placed online anytime at www.ford4ms.com. Raffle tickets can also be reserved by phone at 1-800-243-5767 between 8am-8pm (EST) Monday – Friday.
The winning raffle ticket will be drawn in Mustang Alley at Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, MI during the Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday, August 16th.