Evan J. Smith
Mustang360 Network Content Director
February 27, 2014

Movie cars have always been a big with Mustang and Ford enthusiasts and now the Ford-designed and built custom wide-body Mustang used in the new movie Need for Speed will be auctioned for charity. In addition, the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Ford F-150 will be on display at the Barrett-Jackson auction in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 12th.

More than just an auction, Ford will offer ride-and-drives at the auction in vehicles from its 2014 lineup; Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

Building on the excitement of the movie, premiering March 14, this Mustang will be offered at no reserve, with proceeds benefiting the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit group founded by Henry Ford to "improve the health and well-being of a diverse community."

Need for Speed is the latest of more than 3,200 film and television appearances for Mustang over the past 50 years. The Mustang being auctioned is one of a handful developed purely for the movie to appear on the silver screen and at promotional stops. The movie car boasts a custom-designed wide-body rolling on unique Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. The visual sizzle is amplified by custom silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps in the grille.

“Mustang was cast in a leading role of the movie with screen time equal to many of the actors,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Director Scott Waugh challenged our team to give this central character enough personality and American masculinity to take on some of the world’s most exotic cars, just like in the popular Electronic Arts video game that inspired the movie. “The new owner of this particular Mustang will take home a rare vehicle, and their bid will increase access to critical health care services.”

According to Black, the Henry Ford Health System was founded in 1915 and is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides health insurance and health-care delivery, including acute-, specialty-, primary- and preventive-care services, backed by excellence in research and education. Additional information is available at http://www.henryford.com.

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Furthermore, Need for Speed is one of the most successful racing video game franchises in the world, with more than 140 million games sold since the original edition debuted 20 years ago. The Dreamworks Studios film stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Imogen Poots (Fright Night) and Michael Keaton (Batman), and is directed by Waugh (Act of Valor).

For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.