- Ford will sell rights to the last 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible this week at the Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights auction in Reno, Nevada.
- Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Brain Injury Association of America, an organization championed by racing legend Parnelli Jones.
- Parnelli Jones will appear at the auction in person and present an autograph to the winning bidder.
RENO, Nevada — Ford will sell the rights to the last 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible this week at the Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights classic car auction with proceeds going to the Brain Injury Association of America.
The car, which will be sold without a reserve price, has yet to be built, so the winning bidder will be able to select interior, exterior and stripe colors.
Performance options will not be necessary. The 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible comes with a 5.8-liter DOHC 32-valve supercharged V8 engine, putting out 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque, capable of propelling the car to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
The completely redesigned sixth-generation 2015 Mustang is expected to debut next summer, so this will be a unique opportunity for a lucky — and aggressive — bidder to acquire a piece of history.
To sweeten the deal, the winner will get an autograph from racing legend and 1963 Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones, who will appear at the auction in person. Jones became involved with the BIAA when his son, Page, suffered a severe brain injury during a sprint car race.
"I'd like to thank Ford for assisting the Brain Injury Association of America by donating the Shelby to the Barrett-Jackson auction," said Jones in a statement. "Certainly this is a cause that's been overlooked and we hope others can benefit from the charity's work and learn through my son, Page's, experience."
The Barrett-Jackson auction will take place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center this Thursday-Saturday, August 8-10. In addition to the 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible, going under the hammer will be dozens of classic cars and hot rods, including a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air custom two-door sedan, 1964 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible and 1969 Mustang Mach 1.
Celebrating its 27th year, the annual Hot August Nights car and nostalgia festival pays homage to America's love affair with cars and Rock 'n' Roll. Being held this year from August 2-11, activities include cars shows, cruises, drag races and burnouts, as well as music by such acts as Paul Revere and the Raiders, Tower of Power and Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.
Edmunds says: Here's a chance to own a piece of history while supporting a good cause.