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- Custom Ford Mustang GT, auctioned at no reserve at Barrett-Jackson in Florida, commands $300,000 for charity
- Proceeds to benefit Henry Ford Health Systems' efforts to provide access to healthcare for more people
- The silver Mustang was featured in the movie "Need for Speed"; it boasts a custom-designed wide body rolling on Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels
John Felice, vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, drove the spectacular Mustang onto the big stage. After spirited bidding that electrified the block, Dave Flynn of Columbiana, Ohio, won the factory-special Mustang. Auctioned at no reserve, proceeds will benefit Henry Ford Health System, the nonprofit founded by Henry Ford to support the Edith and Benson Ford Heart and Vascular Institute.
"Everyone has a Mustang story, and the new owner of this movie car now has one that is particularly special," says Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. "Snagging such a high-profile car right now - 50 years after the birth of America's first pony car - is something to be cherished. And helping such an important cause makes the sale even more memorable."
Founded in 1915, Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation's leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides health insurance and healthcare delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive-care services, backed by excellence in research and education. Additional information is available at http://www.henryford.com.
"Watching the car cross the block in support of Henry Ford Health System was very rewarding," says Sandy Hudson, chief development officer for the organization. "Dave Flynn did much more than just purchase a new car. His purchase will help so many people get access to healthcare."
The "Need for Speed" Mustang was used in filming and was displayed at all promotional stops for the movie. It boasts a custom-designed, wide body rolling on unique, Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. With a powerful V8 engine, the Mustang is finished in silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes.
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