2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback Sells for $300k at Barrett-Jackson

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The first retail unit 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback sold for $300,000 with proceeds benefiting JDRF, the leading diabetes research organization

With this sale, Ford has increased its JDRF charity car vehicle sales to more than $3.5 million

The winning bidder will personalize their new car with available 2015 Mustang GT options

Shelby GT500-inspired, 1956 Ford F-100 pulled in $450,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan in Canada. KISS bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gene Simmons, his wife and Canadian-born actress, Shannon Tweed-Simmons, attended spurring on the auction crowd

At Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s sale in Scottsdale, Ariz., a car collector and North Texas Ford dealer, Sam Pack, paid $300,000 to have the first retail production unit of the all-new 2015 Mustang GT when it goes on sale this fall. This purchase helped Ford Motor Company increase its charity vehicle sales to more than $3.5 million for JDRF, the leading diabetes research organization and a Ford partner since 1983.

The future Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan received a large donation through the sale of the 1956 Ford F-100 or “Snakebit,” as the truck is known. It is a blend of street rod styling with influences from the iconic Ford Shelby GT500. It boasts a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 breathing through a high-performance exhaust system. A six-speed manual gearbox feeds the estimated 550 horsepower to the 20-inch rear wheels.

The future Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan received a large donation through the sale of the 1956 Ford F-100 or “Snakebit,” as the truck is known. It is a blend of street rod styling with influences from the iconic Ford Shelby GT500. It boasts a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 breathing through a high-performance exhaust system. A six-speed manual gearbox feeds the estimated 550 horsepower to the 20-inch rear wheels.

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Microsoft gets another Blue Screen of Death: Mulally to stay at Blue Oval

Ford CEO Alan Mulally stands next to the 2015 Ford Mustang when it was introduced last fall.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally stands next to the 2015 Ford Mustang when it was introduced last fall.

BY GERRY MILES

Sure we all knew the new Ford Mustang was being rolled out but the real news of the day was the marque’s CEO, Alan Mulally quashed rumors he was leaving to lead Microsoft out of its foundering ways with CEO Steve Ballmer’s departure.

Mulally is widely credited with turning Ford Motor around and not taking a government bailout or assistance from any other entity. The former leader of Boeing, Mulally joined Ford in 2006 after being wooed by Bill Ford. Mulally, 68, is known for being forthright, down to earth, honest, respectful, and carries the characteristics one finds in his neighbors but retains that earnestnest in the board room.

Alan Mulally, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ford Motor Company

Alan Mulally, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ford Motor Company

One of Mulally’s first moves in Dearborn was to save the vaunted Taurus name by bringing it out of mothballs and scuttling the Ford 500 it had morphed in to. Astounded that one of Ford’s most recognizable brand names and product had gone through several revolutions, he restored it, saved it and it is again a strong vehicle today.

Culture within the walls at Dearborn was also changed so that meeting were open, honest,  changes and projects tracked and feedback was honest and forthright. From all accounts and first-hand reports, he put things back on track, held people and projects accountable while making the company more successful, leaner, profitable while growing sales.

With the momentum returning to the automotive industry, it’s good and will be curious to see if Mulally will indeed stay put as he said that his only interest is to serve at Ford..at least through 2014.