Buying this ride gives back to charity, so splurge for a unique driving experience.
The initial Ford Mustang Dark Horse vehicle to roll off the assembly line, marked with VIN 001, is set to hit the Scottsdale auction on January 27. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to JDRF, a non-profit organization dedicated to financing research for type 1 diabetes (T1D).
As per Barrett-Jackson auctioneer, the renowned Ford Motor Company is currently putting up for auction its latest offering – a 2024 Mustang Dark Horse fastback. This exceptional vehicle comes equipped with custom features such as Recaro seats, a painted hood and accent stripes, as well as top-of-the-line handling and appearance packages.
In contrast to the 480-horsepower Mustang GT, the Mustang Dark Horse flaunts a massive 500 hp and 418 lb-ft of torque from its formidable 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine. Although this eight-cylinder powerhouse can be coupled with either a six-speed manual Tremec transmission or a 10-speed automatic gearbox, the specific version being highlighted utilizes the former option.
The Mustang Dark Horse is a vehicle designed specifically for the race track. It comes equipped with supplementary features such as an added engine oil cooler, a rear axle cooler, and NACA ducts for brake cooling. These elements are essential in allowing drivers to fully push the limits of this pony car without the fear of overheating, which can ruin an otherwise enjoyable day at the track.
The vehicle is equipped with various features such as a stylish Blue Ember exterior, upgraded suspension springs, powerful six-piston Brembo brake calipers on the front wheels, 19-inch rims fitted with top-of-the-line Pirelli Trofeo RS tires, and a modern 12.4-inch digital instrument panel.
Barrett Jackson did not reveal the estimated cost for the specialty models being sold. Despite this, the auctioneer is no stranger to successfully placing rare versions of the iconic pony car in the hands of new owners, having done so with the fifth and sixth iterations upon their initial release. Other notable Ford vehicles that have found new homes through the auction house include the inaugural Bronco, the innovative Mustang Mach-E, the high-performance flat-plane crank V8 Mustang Shelby GT350, and the exclusive GT500 Heritage Edition.
With the debut of the S650-generation 2024 Ford Mustang GT, an initial version was sold at auction for a staggering $565,000 in the past year. Now, the upcoming Mustang Dark Horse with the coveted VIN 001 could potentially surpass that astonishing price.