9. 2007 Shelby GT500: $648,000
In January of 2006, Ford presented the first new Shelby model in 38 years. It was the first car, so it came with serial number, 001. Ford offered it exclusively for sale at the Barrett-Jackson auction. This first of the modern Shelby cars was a sure winner. However, nobody expected the $648,000 final price before the hammer marked the end of the bidding.
As usual, all proceeds went to Carroll Shelby’s Children’s Foundation. You’re probably wondering what the connection is between auctioning rare vehicles and donating to charity. If you donate money to charity, you get a massive tax deduction. What is better for a car enthusiast than to bid on an ultimate example of their favorite cars while donating money for a good cause? They also receive a big deduction, so it was a win-win situation for everybody involved.