Hertz first introduced a custom Shelby Mustang as part of its 'Rent-A-Racer' programme in 1966, when Hertz and Carroll Shelby saw an opportunity to give everyday drivers and car enthusiasts a special experience – the chance to get behind the wheel of a high-performance vehicle. That year, the 1966 Shelby GT350-H, now a favourite of car collectors, was introduced. Ford supplied the Mustangs with V8 engines and mostly automatic transmissions, Shelby added extra performance and style and Hertz gave customers access to a unique driving experience.
During 1966, Shelby American built 1,000 GT350s as rental cars for Hertz, which offered them only to members of its Hertz Sports Car Club. Most were painted in the Hertz corporate colours of black and gold, and all were sold to the general public when their duty as rental cars was completed.
Mecum Auctions will be offering this example at their upcoming Harrisburg auction between the 3rd-5th August. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.