Green ’66 Shelby GT350-H is About as Rare as They Come

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Who doesn’t love the Shelby GT350-H? 

In 1966, a beautifully mad plan between Hertz and Ford saw Shelby produce 1,000 GT350-H Mustangs specifically for rental car duty as part of the Hertz Sports Car Club. Ford wanted to put its high-performance Mustang in the hands of enthusiast customers, and for $17 per day and 17 cents per mile Hertz was happy to oblige.

Nicknamed the “Rent-A-Racer,” customers would kick the piss out of them, often returning them with bald tires, burnt clutches, or bent bodies. After living with Hertz for a year, Shelby refurbished and sold the ’66 GT350-Hs to the public.

Packing a 289 cubic-inch V8 hooked to a three-speed automatic transmission most of the Hertz Shelbys came painted in Raven Black with Gold racing stripes, but approximately 200 cars were delivered in four other shades from the Shelby paint shop spectrum.

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Of those, 59 were painted Ivy Green with the same Hertz gold stripes, making this particular example set to go up for auction this June at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, one of the rarest Mustangs money can buy.

It left the Shelby factory in California on February 21, 1966, before entering the Hertz fleet at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. After being sold, the car changed hands several times before settling in Wisconsin after being purchased as a survivor car in 2004.

In 2010 the car received a ground up restoration using Ford NOS parts almost exclusively, including a complete rebuild of the engine, carburetor, transmission and rear end.

These have been fetching upwards of $150,000 at auction as of late and it wouldn’t be surprising to see this Shelby go for closer to $200,000 when it crosses the block next month.

 

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