The closest you'll ever get to owning Little Red and Green Hornet.
The Ford Mustang has a massive following - it's a sports car that's spanned 56 years of history and six generations, selling more than any other sports car in the world. But among the millions that have been produced, some are more special than others and some are even more special, still. Two such models are nearly mythical in their story: Little Red and Green Hornet were the only two notchback Mustangs to ever wear a Shelby badge, but after Little Red went missing for decades, it was presumed the icon would never be recovered. That was until Little Red turned up in a Texas field. Subsequently, the pair were restored by Barrett-Jackson to all their former glory. But, sheetmetal from the restoration process has found a new lease on life, as REC Watches is turning these two unique icons into spectacular wristwatches that you can buy.
The concept of watches going hand-in-hand with motorcars is nothing new. For years, the timing experts that have timed motorsports have produced racing-inspired timepieces, and Bugatti has even commissioned a series of watches inspired by the Chiron's W16 engine. But the P51 Green Hornet and Little Red Limited Editions are more special than that, being crafted from these iconic Stangs themselves. Naturally, they'll be available as extremely limited edition derivatives, limited to 282 Green Hornets and 318 Little Reds, with pre-orders opening on January 14, 2021.
REC has previously crafted watches made from Mustangs in the P51 timepiece series - named after the fighter plane, not the horse - but for these models, the Swiss watchmaker has reworked the design thoroughly to do the two icons justice.
For those who don't know, Little Red was a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 EXP Coupe ordered by Carroll Shelby after he returned from Le Mans in 1966 with Ford's first overall win. Little Red became Shelby's personal R&D vehicle. Green Hornet was produced a year later and served as an experimental styling car, sporting various scoops and spoilers. Ford gifted this car to Shelby, and he toyed and experimented with a range of new tech like electronic fuel injection.
These timepieces might not be the same as owning either icon, but it's as close as one can get, and the workmanship is nothing short of spectacular. Craig Jackson, Car collector & Restorer and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, said, "REC Watches has gone to extraordinary means to find unique artifacts and put these into a brand new timepiece. They keep the patina and build the watch to represent the vehicle. There wasn't much excess sheetmetal to work with for REC Watches. But there was enough to build these unique watches in very limited numbers".