Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute’s Get Your Heart Racing program will be the beneficiary when a 50 Year Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustang, No. 1,964, crosses the block at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction in late September. Ford will build only 1,964 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang fastbacks in honor of the year the pony car debuted.
“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford Motor Company.”
That makes it all the more fitting that this rare 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang will be auctioned as part of the annual Get Your Heart Racing program to raise funds for Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Hospital.
Each limited-edition car features a plaque on the instrument panel engraved with a serial number and the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Mustang No. 1,964 will be customized into a one-of-one pace car package that includes the signatures of other Ford executives. The car will be revealed publicly for the first time at the Get Your Heart Racing Pit Party sponsored by Crest Automotive Group, Sept. 12 at Eastern Market in Detroit.
50 Year Limited Edition
Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance package, the 50 Year Limited Edition is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable. Complete vehicle specs and images of the base car can be found here.
“We wanted to provide our most dedicated fans with the emotion of the original Mustang in a 21st century car,” said Bill Ford. “With this 50 Year Limited Edition, I believe we have accomplished our goal.”
One enthusiast has the opportunity to become the owner of one of the rarest of this limited stock, and it’s likely many of the most serious Mustang fans will be involved in the bidding.
Barrett-Jackson auction and NASCAR championship weekend
After headlining the Get Your Heart Racing Pit Party in Detroit, Mustang No. 1,964 heads to Las Vegas for the Barrett-Jackson auction, which takes place Sept. 25-27. In addition to the pride of owning this one-of-a-kind car, the auction winner will receive a VIP package to the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16, where No. 1,964 will pace the championship race.
The auction package includes airfare, hotel accommodations and two VIP tickets to the track. A Ford NASCAR driver will run hot laps in Mustang No. 1,964 ahead of the race.
Get Your Heart Racing auctioned the “movie-star” Mustang that appeared in the Dreamworks box-office smash “Need for Speed” – a film adaptation of the popular video game of the same name. When the Barrett-Jackson auctioneer’s gavel ended the spirited bidding, that Mustang had sold for $300,000, causing the packed house to erupt in cheers.
“The Get Your Heart Racing program has become our biggest annual fundraiser, and everybody who participates seems to love it,” said Sandy Hudson, chief development officer, Henry Ford Hospital. “With the help of our sponsors – especially Ford Motor Company – we’re looking to 2014 to be our biggest and best year yet.”
Get Your Heart Racing is co-produced by Henry Ford Health System and Ford Motor Company in support of Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Hospital. Honorary chairpersons of this year’s event are Paul and Lynn Ford Alandt and Raj Nair.
Get Your Heart Racing is Henry Ford Health System’s most successful annual fundraiser. For more information or to purchase event tickets, please visit www.GetYourHeartRacing.org or contact Kim Streich at 734.246.9639 or kstreic1@HFHS.org.
2014 Get Your Heart Racing sponsors include Ford Motor Company, Crest Automotive Group, Comerica Bank, Continental Catering and Events, Heidie M. Gorno, Superior Ambulance, Novelis, Lear Corporation, Panasonic Automotive Systems of America, Fritz Enterprises, ISIS Medical, Village Ford, Penske Corporation, Powerlink, Ken and Marilyn Way, Goodyear, Dakkota Integrated Systems, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Team Detroit, Faurecia, W.F. Whelan Company, the Honorable Sandy and Lisa Baruah, and R.H. Bluestein Company.