A truck used by George W. Bush on his 1,500 acre Crawford, Texas ranch has sold for over $300,000 at auction - a staggering amount for a 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch SuperCrew, but still far below what some were expecting.
The money raised from the sale will go to the Fisher House Foundation, which is a charity that benefits US military families by providing no-charge temporary housing for the families of military members being treated for injuries.
"I haven't driven on a street in many, many years, but I have been able to drive this truck on my ranch," Bush said in a listing for the auction. To further interest, he also signed the right airbag panel of the vehicle and provided a a video of him driving around the ranch.
Barrett-Jackson auction house, which organized the sale of the F-150, was expecting the truck to sell for much higher after a New Holland tractor owned by Jay Leno and signed by George W. Bush sold for $535,000. Even Fox News was bullish on the final bidding.
“Will the Ford F-150 top that number? Our guess is yes, and by quite a large margin," a hopeful journalist declared.
Nevertheless, the final sale is still a windfall for Fisher House; which has now received close to $1M thanks to the generosity of both Leno and Bush. As for the latter, he's planning on upgrading shortly.
“I’ll be the guy in the Ford 250 driving around the ranch with the grandchild,” he told the "Today Show" cast in December.