After playing a pivotal role in Ford’s historic defeat over Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966, Carroll Shelby returned to the US and ordered a 1967 Prototype Shelby Mustang GT500 EXP Coupe — known as “Little Red” — that became his primary R&D platform and would later serve as the basis for the Mustang California Special. The following year Ford gifted Shelby a one-off 1968 Shelby GT500 EXP Coupe christened the “Green Hornet.” Packing upgraded powertrains and Shelby bodywork, both specimens were eventually lost through the sands of time, with most believing the two examples to have been destroyed, though, after a wildly-extensive search, the Green Hornet and Little Red were recently rediscovered before being treated to professional restorations.
Recognizing the immense historical significance of these once-lost Shelby-owned and -driven cars, boutique horological outfit REC Watches has managed to get its hands on some of the original sheet metal from the Green Hornet and Little Red to deliver its latest timepieces. Constructed around a 42mm 316L stainless steel case, both watches feature dials made from raw materials sourced from one of the two Fords and boast an industrial design heavily inspired by the aesthetics and visual theme of the iconic cars, namely the 1960s Mustang gauge clusters. Water-resistant to depths of nearly 170’, these Swiss-made watches are kept ticking via mechanical movements equipped with a 42-hour power reserve. Priced at $1,695, both REC Watches are now available for preorder, albeit in extremely minute numbers — with the Little Red limited to just 318 units and the Green Hornet’s production restricted to 282 watches.
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