A Rare 1966 Shelby GT350H found in an “old lady’s garage’. Old rental cars don’t usually make the best appealing used vehicles, but there’s one very big exception to that genre: The 1966 Shelby GT350H.
The “Rent-a-Racer” was a production of special edition cars built for Hertz by Carroll Shelby that were based on his high-performance Shelby GT350 version of the Ford Mustang.
Along with two prototypes, only 999 were built, and most of them were finished in Hertz’s signature black and gold color scheme, but a few were painted other colors.
A few were literally driven by renters from the agency to race tracks. They were eventually retired and resold for around two thousand dollars each, but took months to liquidate, because even a car like this one couldn’t shed that rental car stigma.
But as you know with the GT350s, the survivors are among the most desirable Mustangs for collectors today and sell for prices ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, depending on their condition.
One that’s probably not worth that much right now, but may be down the road, was recently found in a “little old lady’s garage,” where it was sitting for 30 years.
According to BarnFinds.com, the Shelby appears to have been undergoing a restoration that was never completed. It has a red driver’s side door, and the taillights and rear bumper are not attached. But most of its valuable and important components, including the 289 V8 engine, are still with it. It also looks like it has a four-speed manual transmission, which makes it one of the rarest of the rare if it came like this originally. Only a few of the GT350Hs came with one, the rest getting three-speed automatics.
The man who found and bought it hasn’t revealed how many miles it has on it, what he paid for it or even where it was as he considers his options moving forward. But as the collector car world says, “he knows what he’s got,” and that’s a little black and gold mine.Categories: Auto News, Blog