Ford builds one-of-a-kind 'Mustang 50 Years' convertible for charity

Single unit produced for raffle; proceeds support multiple sclerosis research.

Ford has revealed a one-of-a-kind "Mustang 50 Years" convertible, produced for a raffle that supports multiple sclerosis research.

The Mustang GT that will be raffled is said to be the only 2015 convertible built with a performance pack and certain options from the 50 Year Limited Edition fastback, identified by a "GT 50 Years" badge on the rear decklid and a "0001 of 0001" plate on the instrument panel.

The one-off build features Wimbledon White exterior paint, spin-finish aluminum instruments, two-tone cashmere and black leather seats, contrasting stitching throughout, and 19-inch Y-spoke wheels inspired by the chrome steel wheels of the original Mustang.

"As pleased as we are to be able to help financially with the [National Multiple Sclerosis Society's] No Opportunity Wasted research project, we also feel it's important to help raise greater awareness of this terrific program," said Ford's global product development head, Raj Nair. "That we're creating one - and only one - Mustang GT 50 Years convertible for the Society shows how much we respect and support their efforts."

The automaker has been heavily promoting the Mustang this year to celebrate the nameplate's 50-year anniversary. The general public will be able to purchase one of 1,964 limited-edition fastbacks, which will arrive next fall for the 2015 model year in Wimbledon White or Kona Blue.

All of the special models are powered by a 5.0-liter V8 mill, producing 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The single charity model features a six-speed manual transmission, while the fastbacks can also be purchased with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

A limited number of $20 raffle tickets are currently on sale through the National MS Society's Michigan chapter or via Ford, with the drawing scheduled for August 16.

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