A Ford GT For $2.5 Million? A Corvette For 1.4? Only In Scottsdale (And All For Charity)

There were literally dozens of classic cars that topped the million-dollar mark at the various auctions that took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, this weekend. But the ones featured here aren’t classics at all: they’re brand new, and Barrett-Jackson sold them for big bucks, all for charity.

A 2017 Ford GT donated by noted Arizona collector Ron Pratte sold for $2.5 million, with proceeds going towards autism charities in North Carolina and Michigan. That’s a heck of a big ticket, but it wasn’t the only one.

A pair of brand-new Corvettes together raised over $2.3 million to benefit military veterans. The bigger ticket of the two was a Carbon 65 Edition coupe (based on the Z06) that was signed by former President George W. Bush and by Jay Leno, and sold for $1.4 million to one John Staluppi, owner of the Atlantic Automotive Group (a chain of dealerships based in New York).

A Corvette ZR1 raised another $925k when it sold to Rick Hendrick – the generous NASCAR team owner and mega-dealer who has bought everything from an Acura NSX to a BMW M5 and i8 and a seemingly endless stream of VIN 001 American muscle cars, all for good causes as well.

An older Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition from 1988 raised $350k for the American Heart Association, a custom Pioneer Cedar One roadster another $350k for more military-related causes, the first new Bullitt Mustang $300k for Boys Republic, a new Ford F-250 pickup $115k for ChildHelp, a custom ’87 Chevy Monte Carlo $110k for the TGen Foundation, a new Bennington pontoon board $100k for the Mayshad Foundation, and a ’96 Mustang another $20k for the Jordan Vocational School.

With the $6.21 million raised for charity at the 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction, Barrett-Jackson has now helped raise more than $100 million over the past 47 years.

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  • The article would have been better without the obvious PR language in the back there.

  • SgtBeavis

    I’m just curious about something here. In terms of charitable tax deductions, does Ford or GM get to write off the actual cost of the car they auctioned or do they get to write off the full amount that was paid for the cars?

  • rodriguez256

    Damn that Vette just looks way overstyled.

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