That’s a lot of funds going to a worthy cause

The first big car auction weekend of the year had some incredible moments, but none could compare to how much the Ford GT fetched when it went under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first production GT to go up for auction sold for $2.5 million, an incredible amount for a supercar that costs under $500,000 on the market. All the proceeds from the auction will go to the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program, an initiative that offers activities, skills training, and educational workshops for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

The first production GT to go up for auction sold for $2.5 million, an incredible amount for a supercar that costs under $500,000 on the market.

The Ford GT in question carries a low serial number: #0023. It’s not exactly the first-production model, but it it is a low serial number, something that collectors desire as well. It’s owner, businessman Ron Pratte, donated the car to the Evernham Family-Facing for a Reason Foundation, which, in turn, put the car up for auction to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program. That’s a lot of generosity spread out in a number of different ways.

As for the car itself, the GT features a Liquid Blue paint finish, the same color that Ford used when it debuted the car in Detroit three years ago. It also has white racing stripes, red brake calipers, and carbon fiber wheels, which have been added as an option. And, before anybody forgets, the GT also has a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engine that pumps out an impressive 647 horsepower 550 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to the two rear wheels courtesy of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. That translates to a 0-to-60-mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 216 mph.

Huge Donation: Ford GT Sells for $2.5 Million at Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona
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As gaudy as the final price was, the $2.5 million the GT fetched will go to a worthy cause

As gaudy as the final price was, the $2.5 million the GT fetched will go to a worthy cause. The Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program is an initiative that offers activities, skills training, and educational workshops for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. I can’t imagine what the organization will do that kind of money, but the fact that it went up that high is a testament to the appeal of supporting the cause attached to it.

And for what it’s worth, the person who did spend that much on the GT will get to own a supercar that’s pretty hard to come by these days, largely because Ford hasn’t built a lot of them yet.

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