The ‘one and only Green Hornet’; arguably one of the very rarest and the world’s most desirable Ford Mustang, the newly-restored iconic Shelby Prototype dubbed ‘The 1968 Green Hornet’ is now up for grabs as it roars into Barret-Jackson’s Salon Collection in 13-20 January, 2013. Described to be an ultra-incredible and significant piece of Ford, Shelby American and muscle car history with a documented provenance, the Green Hornet is considered as one of the most innovative and unique vehicles ahead of its time. It not only represents a rolling history of what Shelby American and Ford were producing in the heyday of the American muscle car era, but also enjoys the distinction of being one of the ultra-few prototypes that actually survived the tragic crusher end.
And, the incredible ‘crusher survival’ history of the 1968 Green Hornet goes back in 1967, when the Ford was impressed with the new prototype Mustang called Little Red, and asked its design team to analyze the feasibility of creating nationally available GT/Sport Coupe versions. And, as a result two of the prototypes were built, including the VIN 8F01S104288, a 1968 Lime Gold Mustang notchback, boasting Ivy Gold interior, a powerful 390 V8 engine and advanced C6 automatic transmission.
However, the decision was made not to continue with the GT/SC program, and the Lime Gold Mustang was sent back to Shelby American to once again become a prototype. Many advanced modifications were then made to the car.
This second Shelby coupe prototype, the ‘Green Hornet EXP-500’ then actually turned into pet-project of Shelby American's Chief Engineer Fred Goodell. And, both Fred and Carroll Shelby spent a lot of time developing its components and testing this prototype.
Interestingly, the destiny of most all prototypes and concepts of that era, especially when the concept didn't make it into full-fledged production, was to meet their demise at the business end of a crusher. But, in the case of the Green Hornet, both fate and Fred Goodell’s fondness for the vehicle actually saved it from crusher, allowing it to slip into mainstream where it enjoyed many years of mundane existence, until it was re-discovered and restored back to its original glory.
Also, we have earlier seen the most expensive and Carroll Shelby's one-off 1967 GT-500 Convertible, widely known as the world’s rarest muscle car, which was restored for the 50th anniversary.
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