The custom 2013 Ford Mustang GT that starred in “Need for Speed” was sold by Ford for $300,000 on Saturday at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in West Palm Beach.
Dave Flynn of Columbiana, Ohio, ponied up the big bucks for the famous pony. 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.
“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.”
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.
“Watching the car cross the block in support of Henry Ford Health System was very rewarding,” said 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 film, based on the video game of the same name and starring Aaron Paul, was a box office disappointment. It earned only $45 million in the United States, and seems unlikely to spawn a hoped franchise that would compete with the “Fast and Furious” films.