How Did Jay Leno and a 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Help Veterans?

There are many reasons why Bloomington car dealerships are proud to be part of the Ford family. The Ford Motor Company is one that makes every effort to give back to the communities and help support the veterans of our nation. Most recently, Jay Leno, George W. Bush, and Henry Ford III made a huge effort to raise money for veterans. The George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative received the proceeds from a very special auction.

How Much Would You Pay for a 2016 Ford Mustang?

Consumers often spend a great deal of time agonizing about the cost of a new vehicle. Some cringe at a $40k price tag, while others don’t flinch at all over prices. In this instance, a 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang that was driven and signed by George W. Bush went for about $700,000. After auction guests made donations, the total raised was $885,000 for the veterans.

The Military Service Initiative helps veterans transition and reintegrate into civilian life. While you may be shocked that a Mustang sold for that much money, keep in mind that it was a charity auction and the proceeds will help change lives. It is wonderful that so many people have gone above and beyond to help support our veterans.  The additional donations were in response to Retired U.S. Army Colonel Miguel Howe, who performed push-ups for additional funds. Colonel Howe is the director of the Military Service Initiative.

Ford, Bush, and Leno

The Ford Motor Company provided the 2016 Shelby GT350 preproduction vehicle to Jay Leno in June for this purpose. At the Bush ranch, Henry Ford III and George W. Bush did a walk-around, and former President Bush drove the car and autographed the dash. Leno drove the car onto the auction block on September 11, 2015.

Henry Ford III said, “We appreciate the opportunity to work with Jay Leno as a part of his efforts to increase awareness and raise funds for the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative. We are indebted to the courageous men and women who have fought to preserve our freedoms. Providing this Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang—which President Bush drove and signed—is a small token of our gratitude for their sacrifices.”

The winner of the car is now driving the first-ever-released model of the 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang, and having that ride months before anyone else makes it worth the price tag.

If you’re wondering what the lucky auction winner is going to be driving, visit Bloomington car dealerships in the next few months and check out the new 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang. It features the latest 5.3 liter flat-plane V8, and a Track Pack that makes the idea of letting “that pony run” even more exciting. There’s nothing like sliding behind the wheel of a Mustang. The classics are great, but new technology creates even more power and better handling, to make the new Mustangs a car that you never want to stop driving! You can get this amazing vehicle, minus the George W. Bush signature and celebrity presentation, for much less than $700,000.mustang help veterans