San Diego, California – A special customized 2011 Ford Mustang GT has brought more than US$200,000 for charity. The car, a project of WD-40 and SEMA Cares, was sold at the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Show and Auction in Arizona.
The Mustang, which features a 5.0-litre V8 producing nearly 600 horsepower, plus a custom body kit, entertainment system, and paint scheme emulating the WD-40 brand, was “detailed” at the auction with signatures from baseball legend Reggie Jackson, NASCAR’s Rick Hendrick and actor Tim Allen before the bidding began. Allen closed the auction when the vehicle brought a $100,000 online bid, and then joined others in making additional donations to raise more money. The proceeds will benefit Childhelp, which provides services to abused and neglected children, and The Victory Junction Gang Camp, which provides camping experiences to special needs and chronically ill children.
The winning bid was from John and Jeanette Stallupi, who will feature the vehicle in the Cars of Dreams Museum in Palm Beach, Florida.
This is the second consecutive year that WD-40 has partnered with SEMA Cares, the charity arm of the Specialty Equipment Market Association, to build a custom vehicle for charity. Last year, a WD-40/SEMA Cares Camaro sold for $75,000 to benefit the same charity organizations.