Monterey | Lot 207
1969 Shelby GT350 H
$98,000 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
16 August 2019
- One of just 152 Hertz GT350s produced for 1969
- Well-preserved example finished in Black Jade
- Documented by a Marti Auto Works report
- Formerly of the Sam Pack Collection
- An excellent example of Shelby power
This Shelby GT350 H fastback coupe is one of the special Shelby Mustangs produced for the Hertz Rental Car Company Rent-a-Racer program (as noted by the H in the model name). As Shelby wanted to increase the model’s exposure through fleet sales, they approached Hertz, and Hertz bought in. For a few dollars a day, Hertz customers could rent a GT350 H, get a taste of Shelby-powered Mustang performance, and maybe even opt to purchase one. The program began in 1966 with the establishment of the Hertz Sports Car Club. That year 42% of Shelby production went to Hertz. By 1969 just 5%—only 152 cars—were Hertz-bound. Those cars were distinguished by their serial numbers and DSO. This car, DSO number 842650—verified by the Shelby American World Registry and a Deluxe Marti Report—is part of that exceedingly rare group.
This GT350 H was built in April 1969 and delivered to Ron’s Ford Sales in Bristol, Tennessee. The car is classic Black Jade with contrasting Hertz gold side stripes. It came with a 351 Cleveland V-8 and options including FMX Cruise-O-Matic transmission, Traction-Lok differential, power steering, power brakes with front discs, Selectaire air-conditioning, tinted glass, deluxe seat belts, a sport-deck rear seat, tilt-away steering wheel, AM radio, visibility group, and combination tachometer/trip meter. The trunk still carries a space-saver spare tire, jack, and jack handle.
The Shelby GT350 H has been well maintained in original condition with no modifications except for one repaint in its original color. Mileage is reportedly under 18,000. The car had been part of a Sam Pack collection since 2007 and was sold to its current owner in 2014. Today the GT350 shows beautifully, a reflection of the care it has received over the years. Its next owner will have the chance to appreciate the Shelby-Mustang performance that made it a joy to drive back in the ’60s.