LIT­TLE RED

NZV8 - - WORLD NEWS -

Within mus­cle car folk­lore, there are few cars that can stand with the orig­i­nal ’67 Shelby GT500. Now, one of the orig­i­nal GT500 ex­per­i­men­tal pro­to­types has been dis­cov­ered on a farm in Texas. Thought to have been de­stroyed in the early 1970s, the 1967 Shelby GT500 EXP, nick­named ‘Lit­tle Red’, paved the way for the iconic Shelby model, fea­tur­ing restyled body pan­els and a Pax­ton­super­charged 428ci FE Co­bra Jet. Chair­man and CEO of Bar­rett-Jack­son Craig Jack­son, found the car ear­lier this year, choos­ing to un­veil the au­to­mo­tive arte­fact at The Henry Ford mu­seum be­fore tak­ing it to Mus­tang Al­ley at the huge Wood­ward Dream Cruise. Jack­son could be the best per­son to bring Lit­tle Red back to its former glory, as he also owns the ‘Green Hor­net’ — the only other orig­i­nal Shelby GT500 pro­to­type. The two cars were the only Shelby GT500s built around notch­back bod­ies, and it is said that a twin-Pax­ton-su­per­charged mo­tor with C6 auto re­placed the Pax­ton-su­per­charged 428 and To­ploader four-speed combo. Lit­tle Red was sup­posed to have been crushed in the early ’70s but clearly es­caped some­how. It is said that its next owner con­tacted the Shelby Amer­i­can Au­to­mo­bile Club, but was told that the car couldn’t be the real Lit­tle Red. It was driven un­til an over­heat­ing in­ci­dent, after which it was pulled off the road and even­tu­ally ended up in the field where it was found. How­ever, know­ing that is one thing, but Jack­son will need to dig a lit­tle deeper with his plans to re­store the car, as there is ap­par­ently no ev­i­dence of the car ever hav­ing a clutch pedal, and no con­crete proof of the twin-su­per­charged en­gine. No doubt Lit­tle Red will end up be­ing re­stored to a stan­dard suf­fi­cient to arouse even the old­est of Mus­tang en­thu­si­asts. We’ll be in­ter­ested to see the story de­velop.

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