The four (4) 1966 G.T. 350 Convertibles were ordered at the end
of '66 production. A
Shelby American document
referred to them as "experimental;" for testing
purposes in anticipation of a 1967-1/2 convertible.
The red '67 GT 500 Fastback prototype was a pre-production Ford
Mustang that wore an "X" experimental VIN. It is most-likely the
first Mustang to receive a 428 CID engine and Shelby styling
upgrades (fiberglass), though it never received a Shelby
American VIN [read
more]. This was the red G.T. 500 fastback that
appeared on the 1967 Shelby advertising. The registry
lists two prototype cars in their count -- the other being a G.T.
350. The history of the lime gold '67 GT 350 Fastback that appeared
on the 1967 Shelby advertising is unknown. We believe it to be car 0176, built by
the San Jose assembly plant on Sep. 01, 1966, in which case
the term 'prototype' would not be applicable; rather it would
simply be the first 1967 Shelby G.T. 350 built by Ford. This car
has not been found, and probably didn't survive.
The "Green Hornet" was a standard Dearborn assembly
390 cu.in. (S-code) Ford Mustang coupe purchased
by the Shelby Automotive unit in Ionia, MI. The car was used for
injection system and an independent rear suspension
At some point, the car was fitted with '68 styled Shelby fiberglass,
given a unique metallic
green paint job, and subsequently nicknamed the "Green Hornet."
This car was not ordered as a Shelby and therefore never received a
Shelby VIN. This car survived, was restored by Martin Euler and
is part of Craig Jackson's
For more information
on the 1967 Shelby American G.T. company and engineering cars,
take a look at the
cross-reference page we've