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New Shelby GT350 to aid charity at Pebble Beach

The Fast Ford will be auctioned to benefit George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative.

A 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 will head to auction at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale this summer in honour of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative.

The GT350 will line-up at The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® on August 15, as the only vehicle to do so ahead of its launch date.

The sale of this Shelby will benefit the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, a charity that honours the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans and military families by helping to bridge the divide between military service and life as a civilian.

It is expected that the GT350 will fetch up $100,000 when it crosses the auction block later this month.

The GT350 will take its form from the new-for-2015 Ford Mustang, with the GT350 set to be the first Shelby ever produced to be sold internationally.

The car is the first to implement Ford’s new race-derived flat-plane crank 5.2-litre V-8, the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine ever to grace a Ford. With an 8,250 rpm redline in the ‘Stang, and 90% of its peak torque available from 3,450 rpm to 7,000 rpm, the new model, featuring Shelby’s famous tuning knowhow, is set to make the GT350 the most extreme Mustang to date.

Jay Leno, who will present the car at auction, hailed the GT350 and its forthcoming sale.

‘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. I am proud to help auction this car off where the proceeds will go to helping our veterans.’

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