Bush donated the 2009 Ford F-15 King Ranch 4x4 SuperCrew that was sold at an auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. The sale will benefit the Fisher House Foundation, a charity that aids U.S. military families, MSN said.
“All proceeds from the sale will go to Fisher House Foundation, which provides no-charge temporary housing for the families of military members being treated for injuries. Fisher House also has scholarship programs available to children and spouses of fallen or disabled veterans,” the foundation said in a statement.
Bush and his wife, Laura, often used the truck at their ranch in Crawford, Texas, MSN said.
After becoming president, however, Bush rarely had an opportunity to drive the truck himself.
“I haven’t driven on a street in many, many years, but I have been able to drive this truck on my ranch,” he said in a statement.
Prior to the auction, Bush autographed the right airbag panel on the truck. The buyer received a video of Bush signing the panel, as well as of him driving it around his ranch, which is about 120 miles from his home in Dallas.
This is the second time that Bush has been involved in this type of auction, UPI said. Last year, he signed a New Holland tractor owned by Jay Leno that was auctioned by Barrett-Jackson for $535,000. Those proceeds also went to the Fisher House Foundation.