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VIN 001 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Sells to Rick Hendrick for $2.5M in Scottsdale

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VIN 001 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition

The 2019 Ford GT is not all that hard to come by if you have a tremendous amount of luck, social cachet, and money. Those without the former two (though, come on, if you’ve got millions you’ve probably got no shortage of luck and social connections) could just as easily have slid up to the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, plunked down $2.5 million, and walked away knowing they’d have their hands on the VIN 001 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition in no time. See? Simple.

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Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsport, was the lucky winner of the first 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition, which will sport the iconic Gulf orange and blue. The proceeds of Hendrick’s hefty sum will benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

VIN 001 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

“United Way for Southeastern Michigan improves lives and empowers families to succeed by uniting around education, economic prosperity, and health,” said Darienne Driver, president and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “Proceeds from the sale of this rare Ford GT supercar will bolster our efforts to ensure more families in underserved communities across southeast Michigan can access the resources they need to build a strong, equitable community.”

The 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition pays homage to the 1968 Le Mans-winning No. 9 J.W. Automotive Gulf Oil Ford GT40 MkI. With exposed carbon-fiber A-pillars, 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels, orange brake calipers, and silver mirror caps and an available graphics package that includes the No. 9 decal, the 2019 GT Heritage Edition is arguably the slickest of the supercars Ford has built thus far.

VIN 001 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition

This brought the total amount raised for charity via first-off-the-line production models of new Ford vehicles to $3.6 million. The evening prior to the sales of the first 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition saw the VIN 001 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 sell to Barrett-Jackson CEO and chairman Craig Jackson. The 2020 Shelby GT500 is the quickest and most powerful street-legal ‘stang ever built — it’s expected to deliver over 700 horsepower and achieve 0-60 mph in the range of 3.5 seconds.

Ford Motor Company has always championed and supported organizations that seek to improve the lives of people and communities who are at risk,” said Edsel B. Ford II, who brought the 2020 Shelby GT500 to the auction block with Aaron Shelby, grandson of Carroll Shelby. “We’re proud to have helped continue this tradition at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale. Working with JDRF and United Way of Southeastern Michigan we helped raise much needed funds and awareness for these two wonderful organizations.”

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