This beaten and battered 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 prototype is proof that you can buy just about any type of vehicle at Barrett-Jackson. The car was used as an SVT test car to develop the 2013 Shelby GT500, and was piloted at race tracks like Sebring Raceway and at Ford's Arizona proving grounds. Even Carroll Shelby himself had a stint in the car to test its merits.

From the look of it, the GT500 prototype is still in testing condition. There is plenty of dirt and grime still on the front of the car, and various wiring and diagnostic equipment are still inside the vehicle. Even so, the car is a piece of rolling history, and the bidding represented that. As an added bonus, the winner gets the opportunity to buy the first production 2013 GT500 from Ford.

The Shelby commanded $300,000 – all of which was generously donated by Ford to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. You can see our live photos of the car above or watch a video of its auction after the jump.


Summary: A special 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. All proceeds to benefit JDRF. Will be sold at approximately 8:30PM Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.

Details: This Shelby GT500 Durability Car is a rare piece of muscle car history, and is the car that the SVT team and Carroll Shelby signed off at the racetrack. It is the genesis and inspiration for today's Shelby GT500 production Mustangs that are available at Ford dealerships nationwide. "I'm really proud to have my name on this car that you guys [Ford SVT Team] have put together working with my dreams of what I think a car should be. And you made it that and more," said Carroll Shelby. This Shelby GT500 Durability Car was designed and engineered by the Ford SVT team working together with Carroll Shelby. Ford SVT assembled much of this GT500 Durability by hand and then tested it on Sebring International Raceway, the High-speed Oval track at the Arizona Proving Ground, as well as the Route 66 road course, among others. It was personally piloted by Carroll Shelby during many hours of its testing. As a result of its testing, this Durability Car allowed the production GT500 to feature a 5.8L supercharged aluminum-block V8 engine cranks out 650hp and 600 lb/ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful cars ever built. Handling is world-class with a TORSEN limited-slip differential, carbon fiber one-piece drive shaft, front and rear Bilstein adjustable dampers, performance-tuned front and rear springs and front and rear stabilizer bars. The car stops on a dime with 6-piston Brembo front brake calipers, ABS Ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes and Electronic brake distribution. This vehicle is sold on a bill of sale; it cannot be titled and will be registered in the Official Shelby American Registry. **All PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT JDRF** **SOLD ON BILL OF SALE ONLY** **WILL BE SOLD AT APPROXIMATELY 8:30PM SATURDAY JANUARY 21,2012**


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      KDAWG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I've just decided on the color to paint my old fastback...
      Ron
      • 3 Years Ago
      what I learned on Autoblog today: If you want to find people with more money than sense, go to a Barret Jackson auto auction.....
      Trent
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car will make history but the big win comes from being able to buy the very first GT500 when it is released!
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Trent
        it s too bad that the car (the production one) will likely become a garage queen. The prototype will even way more than likely be a garage queen the kind of people who frequent these kinds of auctions seldom drive their vehicles
          EXP Jawa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @snap_understeer_ftw
          Whoever bought this probably won't drive it much because it likely can't be registered. It is a preproduction car - if it was built before production validation was complete, it won't have a VIN. It would make a track toy or museum piece, but that's about all.
      Wendy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Words cannot describe the gratitude in my heart. This auction means so much to our family. http://www.candyheartsblog.com/2012/01/dear-2013-ford-shelby-gt500-durability.html
        Ford_DriveOne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wendy
        Thank you so much for sharing your story, I hope others read it and get the real meaning of selling this vehicle at auction. When it left our garage I was a little skeptical about who would want to own this car (It has definitely had a rough life, I know I can vouch for a couple of those development miles!) but after reading your journey it has put it all into perspective. I feel honored to have been a D&R powertrain engineer on this vehicle if only to have given your family a little hope for a cure.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought that by Federal law, prototypes had to be discarded and crushed? Does anyone here know the specifics of US law regarding automotive development prototypes
        EXP Jawa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        It depends on the mileage, useage, and what point during the development process the cars are built. There is a point during the preproduction build that cars are considered saleable, but that's usually during the build verification, well after any test/development vehicles have been built.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The paint is beautiful.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that is what a Shelby should look like, not a fan of black wheels though. It's a great color, and does not have all of those stupid scoops and spoilers. It's rather stealthy. I like it for all of its no nonsense approach.
      CDL
      • 3 Years Ago
      A whole page of Barrett-Jackson bullshit? Guess I'll be skipping Autoblog this weekend.
      Dayv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, the first page is almost entirely individual stories on car auctions. Are these really that attention-grabbing? I'd think one story summing up a few sales would be more than enough.
      CDL
      • 3 Years Ago
      A whole page of Barrett-Jasckon bullshit? Guess I'll be skipping Autoblog this weekend.
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're becoming quite the troll...
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          @Elmo
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        The only person who accuses someone who ISN'T a troll of being a troll is a troll themselves. But I'm going to take a guess and say this is just over9000...I mean vwfailsagain under yet another name like his boyfriend Fried_Troll.
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Oh look, Fried_Troll now has 2 accounts talking to each other lol. By the way, my mother died last April.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The multiple downvotes only prove that you have numerous accounts waiting in the wing when your Rant Master account gets banned. MANY people would and have already agree(d) with me that you are indeed Fried_Troll under yet another account. It will only be a matter of time before you get banned once again. It'll only prove me right once this Rant Master account goes quiet and another Japanese car loving account pops up. Go ahead, try to hide yourself next time under another name. I'll put up $100 that someone will spot you, if not me.
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          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          I don't quite think Rant Master is Fried_Rice/Columbianricer/ Captain obvious.
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          Oh look, Alex has gone full troll with agreeing with Fried_Troll. Awesome.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          By the way, where did I question DRStrangelove's sexuality? Someone's being delusional...
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          Just keep trying to cover your tracks, Fried_Troll. It'll only prove to everyone who you really are, and then you will be banned yet once again.
          Alex Butti
          • 3 Years Ago
          Rant Master: WELL SAID!!!!! Elmo is a complete idiot!
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          No evidence? "See? This is Fried_Troll's persona. He starts accusing people of what he's been accused of in recent days. He did this under his Captain Obvious account where he accused me, and numerous other people of being American car fanboys and continuously put down Asian brands." And I've already responded to you in another article saying that you have kept on with going into American high performance car articles and overpraising the crap out of the GT-R with false facts. All you're doing is covering up your tracks because you know your cover has been blown and you absolutely hate it. You hate it so much that you know that you're about to be banned, so you're doing everything possible in order not to get banned once again. So keep on trying. Not saying it's going to work, but it shows how pathetic you are and how incredibly miserable your life is that you're trying desperately to keep this account going so you can entertain yourself more by doing what I just described. You're pathetic.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          Justin, it's him. Just because he's denying it doesn't mean it's not him. He denied it once or twice while under the Captain Obvious name. All he did was change around his way of trolling to make it seem like it wasn't him. Go read up on his other comments where he's posted false facts EXACTLY like he did under those other names. And no, you aren't a troll for praising the GT-R. You're a troll for trolling the CRAP out of AB the past half year with multiple other accounts. The way you praise the GT-R is the way you praised the Infiniti G37 and Acura TL under your other accounts. You post false facts. False fact: The GT-R handles better than the Corvette ZR-1 (not your exact words, but you've basically said that) when the ZR-1 is 5 seconds faster than the GT-R around the Nurburgring Nordschleife and has a 1.10g lateral acceleration average over the GT-R's .96Gs average. The only thing it beats it at is slalom speed.
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          I've had one account, and it's ALWAYS been this one.
          Alex Butti
          • 3 Years Ago
          Seriously? People on here create multiple accounts to hide their true identity? How spineless is that?
        Alex Butti
        • 3 Years Ago
        I completely agree. It's ok to feature Barrett-Jackson auction. Maybe have one article with some highlights...... But to have one feature for EVERY damn car. (Soon the Geneva Auto Salon will start. AB should do a feature on EVERY single car, lol)
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