President George W. Bush was known as much for the many liberties he took with the English language as he was for being a Texan, and, in the latter regard, it is not all that surprising that the 43rd President's truck of choice was a Ford F-150... the key word here, of course, being was. The truck used by the former president around his Crawford, TX ranch, a 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4x4 SuperCrew, will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson next month with the proceeds of the sale going to the Fisher House Foundation.

President Bush bought the truck new in 2009, and used it to drive around his ranch with families and dignitaries. As a part of the auction, President Bush autographed the instrument panel, and there will also be an accompanying video of him signing and driving the truck. It isn't clear how many miles are on the F-150, but it sounds like not too many, if any, were from driving on public roads.

"I haven't driven on a street in many, many years, but I have been able to drive this truck on my ranch," said President Bush. "I want to thank all those who are supporting the Fisher House. In supporting the Fisher House, you're supporting our veterans. And in supporting our veterans, you're helping America."

More about the Barrett-Jackson auction is posted after the jump.
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Ford F-150 Owned By President George W. Bush To Be Auctioned At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions™ to Feature Presidential 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4×4 SuperCrew January 13-20 2013, Proceeds to Benefit the Fisher House Foundation

george-bush-ford-f150Scottsdale, Ariz. – (December 12, 2012) – Barrett-Jackson, the World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today that it will auction off a 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4×4 SuperCrew owned by President George W. Bush at its Scottsdale auction on January 19, 2013. The pick-up will cross the block at approximately 9:30 pm at the conclusion of the Salon/5000 Series segment. All proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will benefit the Fisher House Foundation, a national program dedicated to assisting America's military families.

President Bush has used this stunning white F-150 at his Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, since shortly after he left the White House in 2009. With a 5.4-Liter V8 engine commanding 310 horsepower, this impressive truck has a luxurious adobe King Ranch premium leather interior and 11,200lbs towing capacity. President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush have since used the truck to work around their ranch; entertain friends, family, and dignitaries and to give tours of their Crawford property.

"The Fisher House Foundation is an outstanding organization, and we are honored to support their efforts and are thankful to former President Bush for his donation," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "Charitable giving is a part of Barrett-Jackson's culture and philosophy and I can't wait to see what happens once this truck crosses the auction block."

The Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale represents a unique opportunity to own a piece of presidential automotive history. The truck on the block has been owned continuously by President Bush since he ordered it new from Jim Click Ford in Tucson, Ariz. The title is in the former President's name and will be transferred directly to the buyer. Additionally, the right airbag panel features President Bush's signature and a copy of a video showing him autographing the truck and driving it around his ranch in Crawford, Texas will be included with the purchase.

"With the help of former President Bush and the Fisher House Foundation, Barrett-Jackson is excited to be a part of this incredible sale", said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. "Driven by a President and now benefiting veterans, this truck is an exceptional piece of Americana that would make any collector proud."

Barrett-Jackson first sold vehicles benefitting the Fisher House Foundation in 2007, selling a CNN Hummer for $1.25 million and, most recently, Jay Leno's New Holland Tractor (signed by President Bush) for $535,000 at the 2012 Scottsdale auction. A total of approximately $1.7 million in funds have been raised for the foundation through Barrett-Jackson auctions.

The auction of the 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4×4 SuperCrew from former President Bush was facilitated by the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation and all proceeds from the sale will go directly to the Fisher House Foundation, with the consignment fees waived. The Sondland/Durant Foundation was established in 1993 with a mission statement of "helping families and boosting communities." The Foundation has contributed millions of dollars since then toward children's education, the arts, medical assistance for families and of course, support for wounded warriors and their families.

"I haven't driven on a street in many, many years, but I have been able to drive this truck on my ranch," said President Bush. "I want to thank all those who are supporting the Fisher House. In supporting the Fisher House, you're supporting our veterans. And in supporting our veterans, you're helping America."

For more information about Barrett-Jackson and to purchase tickets to the event, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces "The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions™" in Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev. and Orange County, Calif. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

Each description contained herein is provided by the consignor for the purpose of describing the item offered for sale. The accuracy of a description is the responsibility of the consignor and Barrett-Jackson is not responsible for any errors contained in a description or for the failure of a consignor to produce any item for sale. Please conduct your own inspection before making a purchase and refer to the Barrett- Jackson website for complete terms and conditions of sale.

About Fisher House

Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary expense during a time of crisis.

Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $192 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.


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      thomasogden1951
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe everyone would be better off with the system that 1939 Germany had in place! Or same time frame in Russia? Italy? Japan? Though we all do not agree with every choice which a sitting President makes, we do have the power to limit their choices, and even remove them from office. I am so sick and tired of people being so "party loyal" that they would vote in a Martian if they ran in a specific party. Being the leader of the greatest nation in the world is a challange to say the least! Sure they all make mistakes, and are given bad advise from those close to them. But they all deserve a little respect. I am sure that Washington, Lincoln and every other president in our history has made mistakes. But so has our Congress and Senate.through out history. And so has the voting population! I wish no prsident to fail, for that in turns leads my country to failure.
      Peg
      • 1 Year Ago
      You F-in Liberals are clueless. Obama is the worst president ever, President Bush did not ask for 9-11.. Fricken Obama has divided our country and is stomping on our rights. The terrorists are gaining power because they see how Obama is weak. The media is so far left I guess one could say they are not covering the issues. If it was Bush there would be so much outcry. Our paychecks are less, healthcare sucks, taxes are high,no one respects us, our credit sucks, terrorist are gaining and the list goes on and on. I would love to have a president Bush back. Obama is running this country in the ground. Get your heads out of the sand.
      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      Compared to the moron we have now, I sure miss George.
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        I'm impressed you didn't manage to be directly racist this time, caddy-v. Speaking of that car you like so much, you can thank the "moron" in office for making sure they're still in business and U.S. manufacturing didn't collapse. Too bad Mr. Bain couldn't have tidily sold them off overseas, though, to show us how you really run a busin--err, country.
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          Your claim is one of the most uninformed, misrepresented, history changing bunch of bull ever to grace Autoblog. It's no wonder Obama got in with so many low information brain dead kool aid drinking baffoons like you.
      Rochester
      • 2 Years Ago
      A truck owned by George W. Bush? Who would want that embarrassment in their lives? Best to just donate it anonymously to a local charity and not say a word about the previous owner.
        johnb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rochester
        perhaps you are waiting for the stained blue dress to come up for auction?
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rochester
        Rochester, how much would you bid for the car Obama use to do coke with his male prostitute with?
          tinted up
          • 2 Years Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          That depends on how much coke is still in the car... If there is only residue then I rescind my bid.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rochester
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      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only now making a contribution to charity doesn't erase 8 years of stupidity, embarrassment, and costly wars.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
        It's easy for one to sit back almost a decade later, play "Monday morning quarterback" while trying to sum it all up in general terms. Pretty much everyone was on board for the invasion of Afghanistan, and there were plenty of Democrats, including the Clintons and John Kerry, who supported the invasion of Iraq. But hey, don't let facts get in your way. It's easier to just pin the blame all on one guy. With that said, you either have a very selective memory, or you weren't old enough to understand the situation then.
          Cooperaaaron
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Of course Bush and Cheney lied to the Congress and the rest of the world, that's why Congress went for it.... But don't let that stop you from posting the rest of your comments....
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Can you explain how he did lie? Saddam was considered a "threat" before Bush ever set foot in office, and I even remember Bill Clinton saying that there needed to be a regime change in Iraq when he was still president. I am not saying that I agree, or disagree, just saying it is not fair to act as thought the whole idea of going to war with Iraq was hatched by Bush. In hindsight, I don't think going there was the best idea, but when knowing his history of using WMDs against Iran and his own people, and seeing how he acted towards inspectors, I don't think believing he had them was too far off base. Anyway, this is a car site, and I'm tired of talking about politics. lol
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          OC serf You call me stupid and support Obama. What has he done since taking office? Let's see, passed a healthcare bill that no one has read, tried to blame a terrorist attack on a movie, while throwing Hillary under the bus, fast and furious, the fact that he's added more to the deficit in his first term than Bush did in both of his terms, and more to our national debt than any president in history. Yeah, you're one to call others stupid.
        JOHN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Nice to know you actually do not know anything. President Bush and Laura were the first on site when the Muslim killed and hurt so many - the military to this state supports this man whom they hold in high regard unlike the man in office now -please grow up.
          oc_surf_serf
          • 2 Years Ago
          @JOHN
          Laura killed her boyfriend with a car. That's AutoBLOG related.
        fine7760
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Obama is going to make Bush look like a Rhodes Scholar after his eight years in office tearing down our economy and morals.
      jabaileydc
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would be worth more if it were to be used for target practice, with Bush sitting in the drivers seat! It's too late for you to try to make a positive contribution when you caused so much chaos and grief. Two unnecessary wars and thousands dead. How can you ever show your ugly mug in public, is beyond me! Hopefully, you won't hide the truth of your so-called legacy from your future grandchild!
        fine7760
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jabaileydc
        And explain to why we are still in Afghanistan? Are you discounting the lives lost since the incompetent present president has been in office. And what about what happened in libya, diplomats and their staff living in a country experiencing a civil war with no protection?
        JOHN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jabaileydc
        Nice to know that you took the time to read the article. Please grow up - third grade is tough I know.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jabaileydc
        I assume you could have done a much better job in office??? Hey, when was the last time we had a major attack since 9/11??? Yep....
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does it oome with the US body count on the dashboard? I'm asking because GWB never attended a single funeral of a soldier who died in Iraq or Afghanistan... I hope the car will raise a lot of money and then will be destroyed.
        Jon Bowen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        thats one of the most terrible things ive ever heard. and if you want to go into politics, how about the number of people who have been rescued from dictators because of us? dont be a selfish american, realize there are others out there who would love to be us and the fact that we help them is amazing.
          t
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jon Bowen
          " the fact that we help them is amazing." funny how we love to "help" folks in foreign sand traps and tend to turn a cold shoulder on our own. both groups, however, are demonized. USA! USA! USA!
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        What would destroying a perfectly good truck accomplish? What did it ever do wrong, besides fall into the hands of a particular former president that you, and many others, don't particularly like? It didn't even exist when he was in office, not that that really matters. I swear. Some of you people have issues.
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      EVERY living former US President is out there doing big things to make the world a better place. And W? He is hiding in Texas and selling used cars. That's all you really need to know.
        Eidolon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bleexeo
        I dunno if I'd say they're necessarily working to make the world a better place. I think it's that they got so used to being in the spotlight, now that they're out of it all their energies are bent on finding various ways to get back in. Politicians are an odd breed. Presidents especially so.
      scocrmch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some proud rethuglican will buy it. At least the funds are going to a good cause, helping the vets who he was instrumental in getting injured and disabled in the first place!
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scocrmch
        I know, some Dumbocrat EXPECTS it to be given to them.
        mbukukanyau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scocrmch
        How could you be so stupid?
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scocrmch
        Pretty sure anyone that got injured fighting for our country signed up to do so in the first place with a recruiter.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is Bush hard up for money or what?
        Wisdom Seeker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        "with the proceeds of the sale going to the Fisher House Foundation." The mind is a terrible thing to waste.
          tinted up
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Wisdom Seeker
          Ehhh sometimes there isn't a whole lot to waste.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      This should be right up there with Hitlers Mercedes,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Bush biggest mass murdering psychos in history but the Religous rights/conservafilths dem-gods.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Are you off your meds again? The proceeds from this truck are going to a good cause, helping our veterans, you know, those men and women who willingly put themselves in harm's way for this country, something many, including yourself, probably never had the guts to do. Leave politics out of this, and at least be willing to acknowledge this deed for what it is.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Regardless of how I feel about Bush's policies, I would never wish harm upon the man.. Kudos for auctioning his truck for a great cause. Thank you mr. president.
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