Once lost, now found and restored to their original glory, a pair of historic experimental Shelby Mustangs – “Green Hornet” and “Little Red” – are being revealed together for the first time, joined by two new Shelby GT500 Mustangs at 9 a.m. MST tomorrow at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.
The restored 1968 Shelby GT500 prototype known as the Green Hornet and the newly restored 1967 Shelby GT500 prototype known as Little Red will be unveiled by Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO, Barrett-Jackson. Jackson refurbished both automobiles, which are the only notchback coupes ever produced wearing the Shelby nameplate.
The restoration of Green Hornet was led by Jason Billups of Billups Classic Cars in Colcord, Oklahoma. During the restoration process, Jackson hinted the idea of finding Little Red, which had been missing. After a broad search spearheaded by Billups, the vehicle was found in a rural field in north Texas.
Finally, with Green Hornet and Little Red refurbished, Jackson set out to celebrate their significance by adding a one-of-one Candy Apple Green and a Rapid Red 2020 Shelby GT500 to his pool. An independent back suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and electronic fuel injection connect Green Hornet to the 2020 models, while the fresh supercharger is reminiscent of what’s under the hood of Little Red.
The 2020 Green Hornet automobile was the debut model to roll off the line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant last fall. Barrett-Jackson paid $1.1 million at auction for the automobile to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.