In 1966 Shelby American produced 2,378 GT 350s. Of those, 100 were made exclusively for Hertz Rent-A-Car and Lemans stripes. The only difference between the rental cars and production cars was the beefed-up three-speed transmissions in the former.
The cars were shipped to major cities and rented. There were many stories - some true - that these cars were rented for the weekend, raced on the track and returned on Monday morning - they were known as 'Rent-a-Racers.'
Among the special features built into the cars were high rise intake manifold, headers, functioning cooling ducts, solid high lifter revving engine, finned aluminum oil pan, oversize rear brakes, shocks and sway bars.
The national car rental company, Hertz, once manufactured its own cars and painted them in their corporate colors - black with gold trim. Shelby American executive Peyton Cramer remembered this and in 1966 suggested to Hertz management that they offe [Read More...]
Sold for $137,500 at 2007 RM Sothebys. This 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350-H Fastback has chassis number SFM6S1571. It is fitted with a four-speed manual transmission but left the factory with an automatic, as was the case with most of these Hertz cars. Factory options include the 'Hertz spe [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Sold for $214,500 at 2006 RM Sothebys. The examples shown here is equipped with the manual gearbox and over-rider rear traction bar. It was sold to the Hertz Car Company on March 7th, 1966 for a price of $3,786.76. It carries chassis number SFM 6S 673. [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
This GT350H is one of 47 models built in this color combination, of which there are only 17 left according to the SAAC registry. It is featured in Colin Comer's new book Shelby and has also appeared in various magazines and calendars. It was g [Read More...]
Sold for $137,500 at 2015 Gooding & Company. Shelby GT350 production for 1965 amounted to 512 cars. The following year, they built 2,369 examples. This increase in production was in large part due to a contract with Hertz, who ordered 1,001 GT350 models that were to be badged GT350H. These cars [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015
Forty years ago, Carroll Shelby and The Hertz Corporation built these high-performance, special-edition Shelby Mustangs especially for Hertz rental customers who also happened to be car enthusiasts. Ford supplied the new cars and Shelby added extra p [Read More...]
High bid of $100,000 at 2015 Mecum. (did not sell) The Mustang rented by the Hertz Company in 1966 (a one year program) was not simply a dress-up package, but an actual Shelby American constructed fastback ponycar powered by a Shelby-tuned 289 CID V8 engine. [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2016
Sold for $134,750 at 2017 Worldwide Auctioneers. Peyton Cramer, Shelby American's General Manager, approached the Hertz Corporation with his concept for a specialty model of the upcoming GT350 to be produced by Shelby American for rental use. What followed was the 'Hertz Sports Car Club' which bega [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2017
The first year of sales for the GT350 models were good but they weren't great. In an effort to stimulate even more sales for 1966, Carroll Shelby asked Peyton Cramer, his marketing man and general manager, to try some fleet sales. To everybody's amazement, the Hertz Rental Car Company purchased 1000 cars. The Hertz Company had founded 'The Hertz Sports Car Club' which provided a limited number of high performance rental cars to customers. The cars could be rented by virtually anyone, as long as they were over the age of 25 and were capable of operating and controlling these machines. Most of the cars were adorned in black paint with gold stripes. The first batch of cars were equipped with manual transmission but the company quickly changed that policy to automatics after many cars were returned in less-than-perfect condition. It was not uncommon to see these cars raced on the tracks during the weekend and returned a few days latter with a little less rubber on the tires and the owners grinning from cheek-to-cheek.
For 1969 the Mustang was given a makeover. The hood was constructed of fiberglass and was fitted with five NACA style hood scoops and locking hood pins. Under the hood was a Cleveland 351 cubic-inch V8 that was rated at 300 horsepower. In the front was a black recessed grille with two fitted headlights. The wheels were five-spoke aluminum and fitted to Goodyear Polyglas GT radial tires.
In 1969 for only $12 a day, an individual could rent one of these cars from the Hertz rental store as part of their 'Rent-A-Racer' program. Or they could get the car for $60 a week plus 11 cents a mile.
In 1969 a total of 150 examples were produced. By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006
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