Goodell, along with Carol Shelby himself, immediately began to experiment on the car, a hardtop outfitted with Ford’s deluxe interior and a 390/C6 drivetrain. Goodell began by swapping out the 390 for a 428 Cobra Jet V-8 and installing a Conelec electronic fuel-injection system. The car’s automatic transmission was replaced with a new unit built to F-350 spec. An independent rear suspension was also added, as was a set of rear disc brakes and an upgraded front suspension.
Goodell’s modifications reportedly led the Green Hornet to deliver an impressive 5.7 second 0-60 time and a top speed of 157 MPH. The Green Hornet’s already unique look was complemented by a dark metallic green paint job and a black hardtop. When efforts to translate the Green Hornet’s design ideals into a viable production car stalled, Goodell’s fondness for the vehicle led to him saving it from the crusher. Initially sold to a Ford employee, it eventually wound up in the hands of Cheboygan, Michigan-area Ford dealer Don Darrow.
Darrow ended up selling the Green Hornet once again, and it passed through several owners before resurfacing in 2012 at a Barrett-Jackson auction. While valued at over $3 million, the Green Hornet failed to meet its $1.8 million reserve and is currently owned by Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson.