DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 20, 2012 – On Saturday, Sept. 22, Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford Health System will auction a fabulous, one-of-a-kind 2013 Ford Shelby GT500.
As part of its 2012 “Get Your Heart Racing” event and charity auction, Henry Ford Health System has once again called on the creative talents of Ford designer Melvin Betancourt. To thank the dedicated team at Henry Ford Health System that Betancourt credits with saving his life when he was treated for a serious heart condition, the designer has focused all of his talents on creating this very special edition 2013 Ford Shelby GT500.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the legendary Shelby GT500. Ford is marking the occasion with the 2013 Shelby GT500 – the most powerful pony car ever with 662 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque and a top speed of more than 200 mph.
For Henry Ford Health System, Betancourt wanted to create a one-of-a-kind Shelby that was true to the spirit of the original, but with a modern, sophisticated level of performance and an appearance to match. The car features unique white exterior paint and contrasting white graphics. Twenty-inch white wheels add to a look that is nothing short of breathtaking.
The racing-inspired cockpit boasts special white leather Recaro seats stitched with a black contrast thread for a truly unique look to complete an overall design theme that is worthy of this legendary car’s outstanding heritage. With uncompromised performance, handling and luxury, the 2013 Shelby GT500 will satisfy the most sophisticated and discerning automotive enthusiast.
“Even with his rich racing pedigree, it’s hard to imagine what Henry Ford might have thought had he ever encountered such a massively powerful vehicle as the 2013 Shelby GT500,” said John Felice, general manager for Ford and Lincoln Marketing. “However, we’re fairly certain he’d be thrilled the car carries the Ford oval, and that this unique edition is being auctioned to support the critically important work of saving lives.”