Shelby GT350 auction benefits George W. Bush Institute’s military charity
By Steve Turner
Photos by Brian Henniker and courtesy of Gooding & Company
If you are a fan of presidential collectibles and fast cars, thereâ€™s an auction taking place at this yearâ€™s Pebble Beach Concours dâ€™Elegance that just might interest you. Signed by President George W. Bush, this rare Mustang’s sale will benefit the Bush Instituteâ€™s Military Service Initiative, which is designed to help post-9/11 veterans and military families transition from military service to civilian life.
â€œI thank the Sondland-Durant Foundation, Ford Motor Company, Gooding & Company, and Jay Leno for their generosity in supporting the Military Service Initiative at the Bush Center,â€ President George W. Bush said. â€œI also want to thank whoever buys this beautiful car for contributing to a worthy cause. You are helping ensure that our transitioning veterans and their families get the support they need and deserve, and Iâ€™m grateful.â€
Jay Leno is offering his support for the initiative by hosting the auction of this Track Package-optioned 2016 Shelby GT350 at Pebble Beach.
â€œThis 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,â€ Jay Leno said. â€œI am proud to help auction this car off where the proceeds will go to helping our veterans.â€
Yes the Flat-Plane-Crank 5.2-liter engine in the new GT350 is enough to make this car an American exotic, but the fact that this is a preproduction unit signed by a former president makes it all the more rare.
The auction will take place Saturday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m., and if you canâ€™t make it to Pebble Beach for the auction, you can watch the livestream right here.
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