Jay Leno Will Auction Off a Shelby GT350 Signed by George W. Bush
A slew of rare classic cars will roll across the Gooding & Company auction block in Pebble Beach this weekend, but it’s one brand new car in particular that’s making headlines. The auction house will sell off this all-new 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang for charity, which has been signed by former President George W. Bush and will be presented on the auction stage by none other than Jay Leno. Proceeds will benefit the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, which works to help post-9/11 veterans and their families bridge the gap between military and civilian life. It’s a tremendous cause, and it certainly couldn’t be a much better car. RELATED: See More of the 2016 Shelby GT350 Signed by George W. Bush
The Shelby GT350 nameplate returns for 2016 and brings with it a stunning injection of performance for the new Mustang—a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8. The racy engine chucks out 526 horsepower, revs to an 8,250 rpm redline, and sets a new benchmark as the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford V8 ever put into a production car. A 100-vehicle limited production run of 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustangs will take to the road later this year, while larger production numbers commence for 2016.
"This is one of the most exotic engines ever produced by a major American manufacturer plus the fact that it’s going into the most American of cars," said Jay Leno. "I am proud to help auction this car off where the proceeds will go to helping our veterans."
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Looking to take this 2016 Shelby home with you from Pebble Beach on August 15? Gooding & Company estimates the super-performance Mustang will gavel for between $75,000 and $100,000…though the numbers could certainly go much higher than that.
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