Ford to sell last retail 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible at Hot August Nights

Article by Anita Panait, on August 8, 2013

Ford Motor Co. has confirmed its return to Hot August Nights scheduled on August 2 to 11, 2013. To mark its return and in the charitable spirit of the annual event, the carmaker is selling at no reserve its last retail 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible at the inaugural Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson in Reno, Texas.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), an organization backed by Indy 500 winner, Parnelli Jones. Jones will attend the auction. The winning bidder of the 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible will be given the free hand to select any interior, exterior and stripe color combination offered by Ford on the 2014 Shelby. Jones will also sign the 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible in appreciation for the BIAA donation.

Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford, remarked that the Shelby GT500 is “already one of the world’s greatest muscle cars,” thanks to its 662-horsepower of output, superb handling and a 0-60 acceleration time below 4.0 seconds. He remarked that the thrill of owning “such a rare and important car” is certainly appealing, adding that winner bidder will help fund research to treat serious brain trauma.

Jones was introduced to the BIAA after his son Page Jones suffered a severe brain injury during a Sprint Car race. Although his prognosis was not that good, Page Jones recreated a fulfilling, productive and joyous life, thanks to the support of his family. With the documentary “GODSPEED: The Story of Page Jones” both the Jones family and BIAA seek to heighten awareness of the importance of rehabilitation for with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

American carmaker Ford Motor Co. has unveiled the fastest open-air Mustang so far, the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible, paying tribute to the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning that was launched around 20 years ago.

As homage to SVT's anniversary, the 2013 Shelby GT500 will feature a commemorative lighted sill plate. While the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 235 horsepower, the 5.8-liter supercharged V8 mill in the 2013 Shelby GT500 generates nearly thrice the output at 662 hp.

Kerry Baldori, chief engineer for SVT Global Performance Vehicles, remarked that the Shelby GT500 Convertible offers a performance similar to its coupe sibling. He noted that all the tweaks made were vital to deliver a convertible that could both serve as track star and a vehicle for daily use.

When installed with the optional Performance Package, the 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible has proven to be faster on the track than its predecessor. In fact, the new convertible completed a lap at the Sebring International Raceway nearly 3.5 seconds faster than the previous model.

The 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible managed to post better lap times thanks to a number of factors, including its 662-hp V8 engine, new chassis tuning, as well as SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers that are included on the Performance Package.

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