Jordan Vocational High School automotive program members saw the customized and restored 1996 Mustang sold at Barrett-Jackson for $50,000 at the Palm Beach auction, and then the owner turned around and donated the car back.
The Jordan Vocational High School gained entry to the auction when they won the 2016 Quaker State “Best in Class Challenge” after beating 55 semi-finalist, and five finalists in the six-week competition.
Thousands of people were at the auction, held at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The car’s story was shared and it was explained how much the students learned through the whole process. Telling the story seemed to boost the bidding. It was also explained that the money from the sell would go back into the vocational side of the school.
Bidding began at $10,000 and far exceeded the expectations of around $20,000 total. Car collector John Staluppi was so motivated by the story that he bought the car and donated it right back to the school.
The plan is to auction the car off at the next Barrett-Jackson auction from June 21-24, at the Mohegan Sun resort in Connecticut.