Remember that experimental Ford Shelby GT500 Prototype nicknamed “Little Red” that was discovered rusting away in a Texas field earlier this year? Well, the long lost experimental notchback coupe makes its triumphant return to the West Coast at Shelby Legendary Cars in Irvine, California, today.
The legendary muscle car prototype is the star of the grand opening of Shelby’s latest location and we got a sneak peek at its unveiling. Members of the original Shelby American team will answer questions about the carmaker and a documentary crew will be on hand to film anyone who can help shed light on the history of the Shelby prototype on Saturday, October 13.
“We’re very grateful that Craig Jackson agreed to give Shelby Legendary Cars the chance to debut Little Red on the West Coast for the first time since its astounding discovery,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Shelby Legendary Cars in a statement.
“Little Red is an extraordinarily important piece of American automotive history and exemplifies the passion for Ford and Shelby performance vehicles. Craig will be one of our special guests during our Open House and will give enthusiasts the chance to learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime find.”
The big-block Shelby notchback coupe was one of a pair of “experimental” cars created by Ford and Shelby. It featured a restyled body and had a Paxton supercharger added to the big-block engine. The prototype eventually became the model for the 1968 Ford Mustang California Special before it disappeared for decades.