First 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Fetches $350,000 in Charity Auction

On a Sunday night, the very first 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse, identified by VIN 001, went under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. The winning bid? A hefty $350,000. What makes this sale even more remarkable is that every dollar from this transaction is earmarked for JDRF to support type 1 diabetes research.

Not Your Average Mustang: A Charitable Twist

While the Dark Horse may boast a higher retail price compared to its more common Mustang counterparts, the story takes a twist when it involves the inaugural unit. Last year, in a bid to support the same charity cause, the first of the previous Mustang generation garnered an impressive $565,000. Evidently, there’s something inherently valuable to collectors about owning the very first specimen of an entire model lineup rather than just a special edition. Even at $350,000, this winning bid represents a significant premium over the standard cost of a Dark Horse, which kicks off at a modest $61,000.

Loaded and Ready: A Unique Dark Horse Experience

This pioneer Dark Horse is no ordinary specimen. It comes decked out with a manual transmission (opting out of the optional 10-speed automatic), sporty painted stripes, Recaro seats, and the coveted Handling Package—all handpicked by Ford. Crafting the inaugural model of a sports car calls for giving it the most dynamic features, and Ford has certainly delivered. Our firsthand encounters with the Dark Horse confirm its status as the most formidable performer in the Mustang lineup. With the manual transmission, Recaro seats, and Handling Package upgrades, Ford’s inaugural Dark Horse sets a high standard, not quite as revolutionary as the GT350 and GT500, but undoubtedly an exceptional machine.