The Melvin Betancourt-designed 2013 Shelby GT500 - image: PRNewsFoto/Henry Ford HospitalEnlarge Photo
If “murdered out” isn’t your thing, and if you’d like to buy a car to support a worthy charity, Ford will offer bidders the chance to take home a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 designed by Melvin Betancourt. It’s the direct chromatic opposite of yesterday’s Shelby GT500, with this version presented in white-on-white.
Betancourt created the car to honor the heart surgeons at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital, who he credits with saving his life. All proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the Edith and Benson Ford Heart and Vascular Institute at the Henry Ford Hospital, and the pre-auction estimate has the Shelby GT500 selling between $150,000 and $250,000.
Outside, the car wears white paint, offset by matte white stripes and white wheels. The cabin gets white leather Recaro seats with black trim and black contrast stitching, and the black and white theme is carried to the rear seats as well.
Unlike the Shelby GT500 being given away in the Hagerty Fantasy Bid contest, this particular example sports no upgrades beneath its hood. We’re OK with that, since the car’s stock 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque already falls into the “more than you’ll ever need on the street” category.
If an angelic Mustang doesn’t grab you, Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning off plenty of other vehicles for charity, too. Perhaps a 2013 Ford Mustang GT NASCAR-themed racer, built by Rusty Wallace to benefit the NASCAR foundation is what you’ve been looking for. It’ll sell as lot #3003 on Wednesday, January 16.
Maybe a Chevy is more your style, in which case you can snap up Dan Akerson’s 1958 Chevy Corvette (lot #3010) to benefit Habitat for Humanity, or a 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible (lot #3018) to benefit Achilles International.