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.