Sydney businessman David Pearce topped the bidding to score the first Ford falcon XR8 Sprint for $92,500.
The auction was to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF), while the car itself is build number one of Ford's final XR8 falcon, the limited edition Sprint, of which the entire 850-unit allotment has already sold out.
Ford Australia also contributed a further $60,000 to the JDRF – it has now donated $500,000 over the last 15 years to aid diabetes research. This is in addition to the $15,000 raised by Ford employees during 2015.
Globally Ford had dedicated more than $55 million to fund JDRF research programs.
But for Mr Pearce, the auction was personal – the Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint will be joining his family’s collection of Ford vehicles. He said the purchase will lift the spirits of his brother Mark who is battling health issues.
“Mark’s health has been deteriorating rapidly and he now has only 18 percent lung function,” Mr Pearce said.
“To lift Mark’s spirits, the Falcon Sprint was a ‘must-have’ to add to our Ford collection which includes a restored 1978 Falcon XC which was the car my brother learned to drive in.”
The funds raised will be used by the JDRF to support its Artificial Pancreas project which is researching the automation of insulin pumps – the improved therapies could provide a technological cure for Type1 diabetes.
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