2011 Ford Mustang Daytona 500 Pace Car - Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 Mustang was just introduced a few weeks ago in Detroit, and already one lucky buyer will be able to get his hands on the very first modern 5.0 Mustang available for sale. That particular Mustang also happens to be the pace car for the upcoming Daytona 500 next month, making it all the more special. It's the first time a Ford has set the pace for the Great American Racing in forty years. Yes, Ford announced that they will be 50 replicas of the car, but this is the real deal.

There are quite a few other benefits that come with this particular car. Both Mark Fields and Carl Edwards were on stage with the car, and between the two of them they threw in a trip to the Daytona 500, VIP access to the Ford hospitality center, a tour of the pits, and a lap of the track in the passenger seat with Edwards. Not bad at all. Did we mention that proceeds from the sale will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation? With all those incentives, the final price of $330,000 made it the most expensive car of the auction so far.

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For the first time in 40 years, a Ford Motor Company product will be pacing the Daytona 500. Pacing the Great American Race will be the new 2011 Mustang GT Glass Roof Coupe with the all new 5.0L V-8. Ford Motor Company offers for sale the Pace Car for the 2010 Daytona 500. All proceeds over MSRP will go to help cure childhood diabetes through a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This vehicle is not a replica, it is the actual pace car that will pace the race on February 14, 2010. This vehicle is one of one, with a special Daytona 500 paint scheme, a Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers, unique painted wheels and special interior treatment, including lit sill plates. In addition this vehicle is an early VIN and will be among the first 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L V-8's made available for sale to the public. This all-new high-tech 32-valve V-8 with Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing generates 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque while delivering a class-leading 25 mpg on the highway. This vehicle represents a unique opportunity for one lucky bidder to own the actual pace car of the 2010 Daytona 500 prior to the race. You will see your car pacing a field of 43 of America's finest drivers on February 14, 2010.

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