SCOTTSDALE - A one-of-a kind factory-painted Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca sold for a remarkable $450,000 at the 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, which was held last month in Scottsdale, Ariz.
And the lucky bidder who took the vehicle home wasn’t the only winner.
All of the proceeds from the sale of the car above MSRP were donated to JDRF, a leader in research leading to a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
“JDRF is a fantastic charity,” said Ford President of The Americas Mark Fields, who attended the event along with racing legend Parnelli Jones and Mustang’s chief engineer Dave Pericak. “We had a number of JDRF families at the auction with children who are affected by this terrible disease. When the car sold for $450,000, the smiles on their faces were absolutely priceless.”
The winning bid for the Boss 302 Laguna Seca is the second highest amount of money Ford has ever raised for JDRF through the auction of a single vehicle at Barrett-Jackson.
“Ford Motor Company continues to be our leading global partner for over eight years, and I can assure you that the money Ford raises is put to the best use possible toward improving the lives of people with diabetes today and eventually, finding a cure in the future,” said JDRF’s President and CEO Jeffrey Brewer.
The Boss 302 Laguna Seca was built specifically for auction at Barrett-Jackson. In addition to the unique Grabber Blue body color, it features: distinctive black accents on the roof, mirrors and spoiler, Citic Dicastal wheels and C-Stripe; Recaro seats with Grabber Blue seat embroidery and Rear X-Brace; and Grabber Blue grille surround.
The vehicle delivers more than 1.03 g of lateral acceleration, stopping distances shortened by three feet from 60 mph over Boss, 0-60 mph acceleration improvements of one tenth of a second, and an overall expected lap time improvement of one to two seconds versus the standard Boss on a typical road course.