Craig Jackson was on a mission to find and restore a long-lost Ford Shelby Mustang, and a new documentary explores how it was done.
Mr. Jackson, CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co., will provide that behind-the-scenes looka t the restoration of the 1967 Ford Shelby EXP 500, known as Little Red, during two one-hour films on A+E Network and the History Channel this week.
"Every collector and historian dreams of making such an incredible find," said Mr. Jackson in a press release. "We rewrote history throughout this process of locating, purchasing and restoring 'Little Red,' a car long believed lost, and bringing 'The Green Hornet' meticulously back to its Shelby Automotive prototype form.
The documentary begins airing just as Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction will launch on Saturday, March 20, running through March 27.
The dual green and red Ford Mustangs were the prototype versions of what automotive guru Carroll Shelby eventually would turn into the GT 500. Mr. Jackson's search for the car begain with a conversation with Jason Billups, founder of Billups Classic Cars and Auto Body, who was restoring the green car.
“This Shelby prototype was one of the most sought-after and elusive vehicles in postwar history,” said Jackson. “For decades, everyone claimed the car was crushed, wrecked or stolen, making Little Red the holy grail of missing cars. Since many experts swore that it no longer existed, we carefully documented every step. As this story evolved, it felt a lot like a Hollywood blockbuster. Through our documentaries and website, collectors and enthusiasts can relive every moment of the adventure.”
After research, the group found the red car in a north Texas field.
The documentaries deal with the the restoration of both cars to their original condition.