In recent years, we’ve seen a number of notable Blue Oval vehicles sold at auction, raising tons of money for charity, a list that includes the first 2021 Ford Bronco and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 ever built – which hammered for $1.075 million and $500k, respectively, as well as 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 and the first 2024 Ford Mustang produced, too. As Ford Authority reported earlier this month, VIN 001 of the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse was set to join that list at this year’s flagship Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, and this time around, it raised a substantial amount of money for charity, too.
The first 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse ever built hammered for a whopping $375,000, which is a tremendous amount of money by any standard – even for this fully loaded example. However, instead of going to Ford or some private party, this large sum will instead go to benefit a truly worthy cause – the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. This common autoimmune disease affects many children and adults and is not the product of a poor diet or lifestyle, and instead, cannot be prevented – rather, those affected by it must live their lives managing the fact that their bodies aren’t capable of producing insulin.
As for the lucky winner, they get a Dark Horse equipped with the optional Handling Package, the Appearance Package, and Recaro seats, along with both painted hood and accent stripes. Like all Dark Horse models, it’s also equipped with an enhanced version of the naturally-aspirated 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, which produces 500 horsepower and 418 pound-feet of torque, in this case mated to the six-speed Tremec manual transmission.