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Craig Jackson’s 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Has Rolled Off the Line and Into His Collection

Craig Jackson, the Barrett-Jackson chairman and CEO, just received his 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 bearing the special Shelby plate showing it is the first of its kind as CS0001.  The vehicle was actually auctioned off last year at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale and Mr. Jackson jumped at the chance to own it.  The final bidding price was $1.1 million dollars and all of the proceeds were donated to charity.

This very special Shelby was painted to match another special Mustang called the Green Hornet which is also currently owned by Jackson.  The original is an experimental 1968 Shelby EXP Prototype Ford Mustang that was created by Ford and Carroll Shelby.  One was called Green Hornet and the other is called Little Red.  Both were used for testing performance innovations and were meant to be destroyed but managed to escape certain death.

To get the paint to match and allow this new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to pay homage to the ’68, they used two paint colors to get it just right.  It has a Lime Green base coat and Candy Apple Green on top. Together, they make a spectacular green that isn’t available anywhere in Ford’s paint catalog.

When asked about the car and it’s incredible paint job, Craig had this to say…“In making this request, I truly had no idea what an extraordinary undertaking it was, but BASF and the paint specialists at Penske went above and beyond to make that happen,” Jackson says. “The entire team at Ford went out of their way to help my dream become a reality, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

In addition to the green paint, EXP500 was hand-painted on the side of the car so it will match the original Green Hornet.  It truly is a one-of-a-kind Shelby and if you want to see it in person, it will be on display at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Scottsdale.  The new GT500 will be accompanied by the original Green Hornet and other noteworthy Shelbys from Jackson’s collection, including the just-restored “Little Red,” the historically significant 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 EXP Prototype found in a Texas field back in 2018. It will be the first time Little Red and Green Hornet will be displayed together, and a rare opportunity for guests to view Shelby history come to life before their very eyes.

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