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1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H

Forty years ago, Carroll Shelby and The Hertz Corporation came up with an ingenious plan to help get a batch of high-performance, special-edition Shelby Mustangs into the hands of rental customers who also happened to be car enthusiasts. Ford supplied the new Mustangs with V-8 engines and mostly automatic transmissions, Shelby added extra performance and style, and Hertz gave the public access to the kind of unique driving experience that one would normally only find on a racetrack.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine V8
valvetrain 2 Valves per Cyl
displacement 4736 cc / 289 in³
bore 101.6 mm / 4.0 in
stroke 72.9 mm / 2.87 in
power 228.2 kw / 306 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 64.61 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 242.66 bhp per tonne
torque 446.06 nm / 329 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm
steering Recirculating Ball
f suspension Wishbones
r suspension Solid Axle
curb weight 1261 kg / 2780 lbs
wheelbase 2743 mm / 108.0 in
front track 1448 mm / 57 in
rear track 1448 mm / 57 in
length 4612 mm / 181.6 in
width 1732 mm / 68.2 in
height 1397 mm / 55.0 in
transmission Borg-Warner T-10 4-Speed Manual
top speed ~220 kph / 136.7 mph

Auction Sales History


1966 Shelby GT350H SFM6S717 – sold for $137,500 One of 1,001 Hertz Rent-a-Racers Built in 1966. One of 50 GT350H Models Finished in Wimbledon White. Converted to 4-Speed Gearbox Early in Life. SAAC Documented for Many Years. Comprehensive Restoration Completed in 2012.
Auction Source: The 2015 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company


1966 Shelby GT350H SFM6S801 – sold for $176,000 Single Family Ownership for 46 Years. Verified by the SAAC. Documented Restoration in 2009. Displayed at the 2014 Quail Motorsports Gathering. Fitted with Proper Goodyear Blue Streak Tires.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions 2015 by Gooding & Company


1966 Ford Shelby GT350H Fastback SFM6S1581

289 CI high performance and supercharged engine. C4 automatic. Detroit locker 3.50 axle ratio. 14 inch Magnum 500 wheels. Goodyear blue streak tires. Fine example that survived the “Rent-A-Years”. Still maintains its original drivetrain and all original body panels. Restored to the highest quality standards. Rare untouched and preserved interior. Designed and built by Carroll Shelby Automotive of Los Angeles. Restoration by Ray Kelly of New Mexico. One of the few Shelby Hertz cars to have a completely painted undercarriage from the factory as opposed to the red oxide primer.
Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum


1966 Ford Shelby GT350H Fastback SFM6S1177 – did not sell for $140,000 1966 Shelby GT350H. Numbers matching engine. Originally shipped to City Motors in National City, California. Total cost was $3,865.34. Featured in Mustang Illustrated. Cover artwork on the box of the Lane Collectibles 1/8 scale die cast Blue GT350H. Only 1,001 were built.
Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum


1966 Ford Shelby GT350H Fastback SFM6S1893 – did not sell for $120,000 1966 Shelby GT350H originally shipped to Koons Ford, Inc. in Fall Church, Virginia. Delivered to Hertz in Washington DC. Mullinix Motors in Daisy, Maryland painted it White with Gold stripes. Original owner was James Woodall of Maryland. Second owner added the air conditioning in 1987.
Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum


1966 Shelby GT350H Race Car SFM6S564 – sold for $104,500 A Rent-A-Racer that was actually raced. Professionally built for the track. Well-maintained and properly set up.
Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions
1966 Shelby Hertz GT350 Fastback – did not sell for $140,000 Rarest of the rare. Red and Gold 1 of 48 built. Only 12 known to exist. Complete ground up nut bolt restoration. It has a Dayton Supercharger.
Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum
1966 Shelby Mustang GT350-H Fastback

The GT350-H featured here is a proper and quite original example of one of the most interesting chapters in the motorsport saga of Carroll Shelby. It left Shelby’s operation on April 17, 1966 bound for Dallas, Texas, where it was one of few “rent-a-racers” sold new by Norm Williams Ford to Hertz. After a short list of owners, it arrived in California where it has been garage-kept. The black exterior is in great condition as it received a bare-metal repaint within the last three years. The body is described as being very straight and rust-free throughout. All exterior components and features have been restored to period-correct specifications. The interior remains largely original and does not detract from the GT350-H’s overall presence. With respect to the car’s mechanicals, a complete rebuild of the engine, transmission, and suspension was conducted five years ago, rendering the car a solid and reliable driver. It has since accumulated approximately 1,500 miles.

Auction Source: 2007 Monterey Preview