Barrett-Jackson 2020

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 featured at Barrett-Jackson alongside the Green Hornet, Little Red

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 was sold last year at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. It will be on display this year.

Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Last year during the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, Carolyn and Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, bid $1.1 million to claim the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001. The model will join the 1968 GT500 prototype known as "Green Hornet" and its predecessor, the 1967 Shelby Mustang prototype known "Little Red," for an exclusive display at the 2020 auction.

Proceeds from the 2020 Shelby GT500 sale benefitted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"This first production 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is a significant piece of American performance history," said Craig Jackson. "The independent rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and electronic fuel injection engineered on this car were pioneered by Carroll Shelby over 50 years ago. He tested and developed these same experimental components on his 1968 EXP500 prototype, Green Hornet, but they were not standard in a GT500 until 2020. It's an incredible honor for Carolyn and me to be entrusted with these important vehicles and to have supported efforts to find a cure for juvenile diabetes."

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 and Green Hornet share a Candy Apple Green metallic paint job.Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

As the winning bidder, the Jacksons were given the opportunity to customize their model. They chose to match the car's paint job to the Green Hornet's Candy Apple Green metallic color.

All three models will be featured in an upcoming documentary produced by Jackson. The film will be released this year and chronicle the stories behind the search, discovery, research and restoration efforts with a team of experts over the last decade for the Green Hornet and Little Red.

"Carroll Shelby's racing technology and innovations, like those found on Little Red and Green Hornet, were far ahead of their time," said Steve Davis, president, Barrett-Jackson. "These two incredibly unique vehicles led the way for some of the most important advancements in American performance and racing. The visionaries behind these advancements, like Carroll Shelby, not only impacted the cars of their generation, but have significantly influenced today's performance vehicles."

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale runs January 11-19.

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2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

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Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

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