Barn Finds

Pro­to­type Shelby Mus­tang emerges from the desert

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How does a CEO of one of the US’S big­gest clas­sic car auc­tion com­pa­nies fill his spare time? By hunt­ing mus­cle car uni­corns – unique pro­to­types from Shelby Amer­i­can. Craig Jack­son of Bar­rett-jack­son de­clared in Au­gust that they had iden­ti­fied ‘Lit­tle Red’, a 1967 Shelby GT500 pro­to­type, rest­ing in a field of junked cars in ru­ral Texas.

This car, one of only two notch­back Mus­tang coupés pro­duced by Shelby Amer­i­can (Jack­son al­ready owns the other, known as Green Hor­net) was thought long since de­stroyed. It was used as an ex­per­i­men­tal hack at Shelby with body changes and a Pax­ton su­per­charger added to the big-block V8, but af­ter a year or so it seems to have been sent to stor­age and lost. Jack­son’s col­league Ja­son Billups ex­plains how the car came to light, ‘Af­ter our ini­tial re­search we re­al­ized that we were us­ing the wrong search cri­te­ria. Ev­ery­one looked for Lit­tle Red us­ing the Shelby se­rial num­ber, which even­tu­ally led to a dead end. We took a dif­fer­ent ap­proach and lo­cated the car’s orig­i­nal Ford VIN num­ber, which wasn’t eas­ily found. That VIN led us to its orig­i­nal reg­is­tra­tion and even­tu­ally to its last owner.’

The car’s iden­tity has since been cross­ref­er­enced and con­firmed in var­i­ous ways, but Jack­son is keen to fill in the gaps in the his­tory. Any­one who can add per­sonal mem­o­ries of the car can con­trib­ute th­ese via

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