2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Brings $1.1-Million Green for Charity

  • A year after selling at auction, we get to see the $1.1-million green machine.
  • This shade of green perfectly matches Craig Jackson’s 1968 GT500 prototype.
  • The cars will be on display during Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction January 11-19.

We found out back in January of 2019 that Ford auctioned the first 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 to the tune of $1.1 million. Don’t worry, that seven-figure sum is going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, not right into Ford’s bank account. Ford joins a growing list of manufacturers auctioning significant vehicles for charity donations. Toyota recently auctioned the 2020 Supra, and Chevy auctioned the last C7 and first C8 Corvettes.

Jackson green 2020 Shelby GT500
Photo: Barrett Jackson

What makes this story newsworthy now is that the winner of the GT500, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, Craig Jackson, has revealed the car’s color: Candy Apple Green. Developed by paint company BASF, this vibrant metallic green isn’t just a hue Jackson pulled from his imagination. He wanted his new 760-hp Shelby to match his 1968 GT500 prototype known as “The Green Hornet.” Because the original car was first gold before being painted green, Penske gave the 2020 car the same treatment. Jackson himself got to visit the Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan to see the finished machine roll off the assembly line.

Jackson Mustang Shelby GT500 gold and green paint
Photo: Barrett Jackson

While the 2020 Mustang GT500 won’t be a common sight by any means, the 1968 EXP500 was a one-off experimental car built by Ford and Carroll Shelby. Jackson put the car up for auction in 2013, but the high bid of $1.9 million didn’t quite reach his reserve price. Green is clearly an appropriate color for both of these high-horsepower Fords.

Craig Jackson Mustang 1968 and 2020 Mustang
Photo: Barrett Jackson

Both the 1968 and 2020 Shelby Mustangs will be on display at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction from January 11-19.

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