The first of 170 examples to be built of the 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H Mustang sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction earlier in the month, bringing in a total of $150,000 to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation – a charitable organization which seeks to assist children fighting life-threatening illnesses, support educational opportunities in automotive-related fields, and more.
The Shelby GT-H Mustang is a special, limited-edition Mustang model developed by Ford and Shelby American to pay homage to the 1966 Shelby GT350-H: the original Hertz “rent-a-racer.” Like that model, this car wears a distinctive and iconic gold-on-black color scheme, and will actually be made available for rent from select Hertz locations.
First shown at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, the 2016 Shelby GT-H Mustang makes do with the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8 and a 6-speed automatic transmission, but benefits from lowering springs, Ford Performance dampers, beefed-up sway bars, and staggered 19-inch wheels with high-performance Michelin rubber. A cat-back exhaust upgrade lends the pony car a bit more volume, if not power, and unique appearance touches include a carbon-fiber front splitter, vented polycarbonate hood, distinctive rear spoiler, and specially-crafted grilles, rocker panels, and carbon-fiber accent plates.
Needless to say, special “Shelby” and “GT-H” badging abounds, both inside and out.
The 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H Mustang may not be quite as much a rent-a-racer as the original GT350-H, considering its stock 5.0-liter and automatic gearbox, but it’s a cool collectible regardless. The exclusive pony car was made available for rent starting in late-May, as part of Hertz’s “Adrenaline Collection.” It’s available in 17 cities across the US.