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.
1966 Ford Shelby GT350H Fastback SFM6S1581 – sold for $160,000
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 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
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.
Although a four-speed gearbox is currently mated to the 289 V8, the original automatic transmission has been made available with this car. It should be noted that most other items replaced during restoration, including the original wheels and ignition, are concurrently included with this GT350. Also present are very detailed records of the car’s maintenance and restoration, including invoices for engine, body, and transmission work, restoration records from California dating back to 1989, and an original owner’s manual. Of particular interest is a bill of sale, detailing the car’s original delivery and option costs; the addition of “Hertz special wheels” and an optional radio brought the grand total to $3,792.25.