Ford Shelby Mustang and GT Heritage auctioned for combined $3.6 million

It wasn't just the charity preview making philanthropic waves this weekend.

Following the charity preview evening, Ford auctioned off two first-off-the-line cars to the tune of a combined $3.6 million.

The 2020 Mustang Shelby G-T 500, which made its first public viewing during the first press day of the North American International Auto Show, was auctioned off to Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson for $1.1 million.

Unveiled by way of virtual helicopter (and attached cables in reality), the red sports car with white racing stripes was among the first reveals at the auto show.

The other car, a product of auto racing lore was the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition. Purchased by Rick Hendrick, a common name in the world of racing, made the winning bid for $2.5 million. The original GT model acquired fame after defeating Ferrari in the 1966 Le Mans.

The money will be gifted to charities supporting the fight against juvenile diabetes and the United Way.