1968 Shelby GT500 Prototype
1968 Shelby GT500 Prototype
The P51 Green Hornet is a limited edition timepiece made from the legendary 1968 Shelby EXP500 prototype coupe, ‘Green Hornet’.
Limited to 282 pieces.
Described by Carroll Shelby himself as “the one and only Green Hornet”, the vehicle provides a historical snapshot of what was happening at Ford and Shelby American during the heyday of the American muscle car, and is now considered one of the rarest and most remarkable Mustangs of all time.
At a time when most prototypes were destined to end their lives at the business end of a crusher, the Green Hornet was saved by the intervention of fate and ended up back on the road, with surplus parts from its immaculate restoration finding their way onto the dial of the P51 Green Hornet timepieces.
The P51 Green Hornet sports an eye-catching green-and-gray color scheme and sits beautifully on the wrist thanks to a double calf leather strap paired with a 42 mm cushion case.
- Diameter 42,0 mm
- Height 13,3 mm
- Lug-to-Lug 48,5 mm
- Dial Opening Ø 37,0 mm
- Weight: 122g
- Caliber STP-12-13 movement
- Type Mechanical, self-winding
- Frequency 28,800 VPH (4.0 hz)
- Power reserve 42 hours
- Jewels 36
- 3 Hands w. small second at 9 o’clock / Power reserve indicator
- Skeletonized sub-dial
- 5 ATM, 50 meters
- 3 year full warranty
- 316L Stainless steel
- 4-Piece case with black and grey PVD coating and stamped sides
- Top glass Sapphire Crystal with 3 layers of anti-reflective coating
- Closed caseback with laser-engraving and deep etching
- Handcrafted metal dial cut directly from ‘Green Hornet’ – the 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 EXP
- Grey calf leather strap with black inlay and quick-release system
- Width (Lugs) 22,0 mm
- Width (Buckle) 20,0 mm
- Length 125,0 /85,0 mm
Recovered / Recycled / Reclaimed
The Green Hornet was one of two experimental Ford Mustang coupes produced by Carroll Shelby and Shelby American.
Originally painted Lime Gold, it was built as a testbed for a potential nationwide version of Ford’s California Special. When Ford abandoned the California Special – or “Super Coupe” – project, the car was given to Shelby Automotive.
In Shelby’s hands, the Green Hornet became the first car to combine multiple experimental techniques in a single vehicle: independent rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and, perhaps most importantly, a Conelec four-barrel computerized fuel injection system which was nothing short of revolutionary back in 1968.
The experimental exhaust and intake manifolds used on the Green Hornet would even go on to become key parts of Ford’s legendary Cobra Jet engine.
The Green Hornet, which gets its name from the unique Candy Apple Green color scheme, was believed to have been consigned to the crusher at the end of its prototype life cycle – standard procedure at the time.
All the original memos state that the car had been “disposed of” but, while many interpreted this to mean it had been crushed, it turned out the car had actually been sold, and therefore survived.
Harnessing the spirit of experimentalism
Restored to its original experimental glory under the direction of the car’s owner, Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson, including a massive undertaking to reintegrate all the experimental parts, the Green Hornet provides a historical snapshot of what was happening at Ford and Shelby American during the heyday of the American muscle car.
Described by Carroll Shelby himself as “the one and only Green Hornet”, it is now considered one of the rarest and most remarkable Mustangs of all time.
The Green Hornet symbolizes one of the greatest chapters of innovation and risk-taking in the American automotive story. The Shelby team created an artifact of Mustang history that stands as a testament to the now-legendary era of the late 1960s at Shelby American.
Orchestrated by Craig Jackson and Jason Billups, the restoration project aimed to return the car to its prototype specs and included the manufacture of experimental components, from which surplus sheet metal was provided for use in the P-1 Green Hornet watch.
A tribute to a true original
Creating a watch that honored both the design and history of one of the most iconic Mustangs ever built was a truly incredible challenge.
Our goal was to produce a riveting next-generation version of our P51 Collection featuring multiple design references that real Mustang enthusiasts would instantly recognize.
From start to finish, we worked to include a wealth of references to the Shelby Green Hornet.
Featuring a dial made of sheet metal recycled from the vehicle, the watch incorporates many of the Green Hornet’s most eye-catching details in the case, strap and dial. Among these are the crown designed to resemble the hubcaps, the strap stitching pattern taken directly from the seats, and the taillight motifs subtly laser-engraved into the side of the case.
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