The Last 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Raises $207K at Auction
Big money for a special VIN, but it all goes to charityby Mark McNabb, on
There’s no doubt the second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor is a special pickup truck. It has garnered love and attention from folks around the world, all raving about its high-speed off-road antics and Ford’s new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. As the last 2017 model is scheduled to soon roll off the assembly line, executives from Ford planned something special. The truck would be auctioned off and the winnings be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Raptor rolled across the auction block at the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.
And boy did the Raptor sell big.
The last 2017 F-150 Raptor commanded an impressive $157,000 on the auction block, but an anonymous donation of $50,000 took the Raptor’s charitable donation to $207,000. All the money will be given tot eh JDRF, which is the leading global organization responsible for researching Type 1 diabetes.
The winning bidder got an extra bonus – the choosing of a unique body color. Sam Pack, the CEO of Sam Pack Five Star Ford in Carrolton, Texas won the bid and will get to choose what whatever color he wants on his 2017 Ford Raptor. See, technically Ford has yet to build the last 2017 model year F-150 Raptor, so Pack’s truck will get a custom treatment right from the factory as it rolls down the line.
There’s no telling what color his truck might be, but we’re betting it will be interesting. For more info on the Ford F-150 Raptor, check out our full review here and our first ride here.
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Why It Matters
Ford has been known to have a rather charitable spot within its corporate heart. This is only the latest in a long line of auctioned items donated to worthy causes. For the JDRF, they will see a nice $207,000 check, while Ford is only out the net profit it would have made from selling the pickup at a dealership at regular price. Conversely, Ford gets to help a worthy cause, grab some publicity for it, and the anonymous donor of the $50,000 gets a nice write-off on his 2017 taxes. It’s basically a win-win for everyone involved.
Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor here.