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Rare Mustang! 1968 Shelby GT500 Prototype

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 4 days ago Douglas Glad

a close up of a green car: 001-shelby-gt500-1968-mustang-cobra-jet-428-green-hornet
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The legend of this Lime Gold 1968 coupe begins at the Ford Dearborn plant in late 1967 when it was pulled aside for prototyping. After Ford engineers modified the body with lights and badging for the California Special, it was sent to Shelby American. There it was designated EXP-500 and fitted with a 428-inch Cobra Jet engine, C6 transmission, independent rear suspension, EFI, and a wide assortment of body panel, lighting, and badging specific to the Shelby GT programs.

a close up of a green car© Hot Rod Network Staff

Along the way, someone named the car the "Green Hornet," and it stuck. The car has been public for 50 years and was restored in the early 1990s. In 2003, Craig Jackson bought the car, and it has been in his personal collection since. In 2018, the car was sent to be restored using as many of the original parts as possible, including an era-correct four-wheel disc brake restoration.

The Green Hornet is one a very few prototypes that was not crushed by the factory at the end of the project. We found the car parked at the Shell display outside of the main entrance of the 2019 SEMA Show. This is a great opportunity to see one of the genesis cars that started the Shelby American cultural juggernaut.

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