Fort Lauderdale | Lot 3095
1966 Shelby GT350 H
$180,000 - $220,000 USD
| Fort Lauderdale, Florida
30 March 2019
- 306-hp, 289-cu. in. Hi-Po V-8 engine
- Factory C4 automatic transmission
- One of 999 Shelby GT350s rented through Hertz
- Thought to be one of no more than 50 finished in Candy Apple Red
- Restored in 1974
- History file, including original owner’s manual, original purchase invoice, original registration, and title documents
In 1965 the Shelby Mustang came to life with the introduction of the high-performance Shelby GT350. This lighter, more powerful, and race-ready Mustang became an instant hit on and off the track. The car was such a success that in September of that same year, Shelby struck a deal with Hertz and offered the GT350 H as a rental car. This program was appropriately labelled “Rent-A-Racer” and cleverly promoted the new Shelby to potential buyers. Only 999 of these cars were delivered to Hertz in 1966, and a total of 1,001 were produced. Today, the unique history and extreme rarity of the GT350 H has rendered it highly desirable.
This example, SFM 6S999, was delivered to Hertz in Dayton, Ohio, on 18 February 1966. It is finished in Candy Apple Red with Gold Le Mans stripes. Following its release from Hertz in May 1967, it was retained by Gallagher’s Ford Centre in West Virginia, and sold to is first private owner in April 1969. After changing hands very few times during its time in the U.S., it was imported to Australia in 2012. It is believed to be one of only 12 red/gold cars left in existence.
Fully restored in 1974, the paintwork is showing a wonderful patina. The original 306-hp Shelby-enhanced 289-cu. in. Hi-Po V-8 is paired to a factory C4 automatic transmission and remains a pleasure to drive. The driveline is all original, including the 9-in. 3.50:1 limited-slip differential. After a life of meticulous mechanical maintenance, this example is ready to be enjoyed.
Accompanying this Shelby is an extensive history file, including details on its previous owners, original owner’s manual, verification of originality, original purchase invoice, original registration and title certificates, and maintenance invoices. With excellent provenance, this example truly is a time capsule. As an incredibly rare and unique piece of American motor history, these Hertz GT350s have become extremely collectable.