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2016 Ford Shelby GT350 To Be Auctioned To Benefit The George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative At Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach Auctions

August 4, 2015

SANTA MONICA, California

On Saturday, August 15, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, a rare 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 will be auctioned to benefit the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative.  The limited-edition car was signed by President George W. Bush and will be offered by Gooding & Company, the official Pebble Beach auction house, and auctioneered by Jay Leno. All proceeds will go towards the Bush Institute's programs to honor the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans and military families by bridging the civilian-military divide and fostering a successful transition and reintegration from military service to civilian life.

The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 is the first vehicle to implement Ford’s new race-derived flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V-8, the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine ever to grace a Ford. With an 8,250 rpm redline, and 90% of its peak torque available from 3,450 rpm to 7,000 rpm, this GT350 will induce addictive spirited-driving, complemented by the rumble of Ford’s famous V8 exhaust note (Estimate: $75,000-$100,000).

“This 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,” said Jay Leno.  “I am proud to help auction this car off where the proceeds will go to helping our veterans.”

World-renowned car collector and enthusiast, Jay Leno, will once again present this future collectible during Saturday’s auction. Those who were fortunate enough to witness Mr. Leno’s command of the stage and passion for America’s troops at previous charitable offerings will fondly recall bidders' fervent support of the many servicemen and women who have bravely served our country. 

“I 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,” said President George W. Bush. “I 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 I’m grateful."

This intimate opportunity to support our veterans and their families is sure to be a resounding moment unlike any other during the Pebble Beach weekend, when the hammer drops on August 15 for this special Shelby.  

Images for the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 can be found at the below link. Images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Brian Henniker.


The Pebble Beach Auctions

Dates: Saturday, August 15 at 5:00pm and Sunday, August 16 at 6:00pm

Location:  Equestrian Center, corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA

Public preview: Wednesday, August 12 - Sunday, August 16

Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions

General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions

Live auction broadcast: www.goodingco.com

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Twitter: @GoodingCompany #GCoPB

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About George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative

The George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative honors the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans and military families by improving their well-being and unleashing their potential. Through research, resources, programs and Presidential recognition – the unique ability of the former Commander in Chief to convene, spotlight, and inspire – the Military Service Initiative unites and empowers communities, non-profits (military service organizations), business, academia, philanthropy and individual citizens to effectively support post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families in the areas of jobs, wellness, family, education, housing, and women’s veteran issues.

About Gooding & Company

Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions producing record-breaking results, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals, and collection management. Preceding each auction, a complete catalogue is made available online at www.goodingco.com and the sale is broadcast live on our website. For additional vehicle information and up-to-the-minute results, follow Gooding & Company on Facebook and Twitter @GoodingCompany.