Full-on custom 2011 GT500 built by West Coast Customs sold to benefit Darrell Gwynn Foundation
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation sale of a special 2011 Mustang GT500 convertible, a wildly over-the-top custom built by West Coast Customs especially for Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County auction, reached $105,000 with all the proceeds benefitting the foundation.
With Gwynn on stage with the latest recipient of a custom wheelchair from his foundation, 21-year-old Eduardo Reyes of Fullerton, Calif., the excited auction crowd cheered wildly as the bids climbed. Reyes suffers from the ravages of muscular dystrophy.
Also on stage was Ryan Fliedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs, which also painted Reyes’ new wheelchair to match the custom Mustang. The donated chair is valued at $20,000. The Mustang was donated to the foundation by Tom and Diane Day, who unveiled the car and presented the new wheelchair on June 22 during the opening of their car museum.
Gwynn’s charity supplies wheelchairs for needy kids and young adults, and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through Barrett-Jackson auctions over the past few years. Gwynn is also confined to a wheelchair, the result of a crippling drag-racing accident.