Jay Leno’s Garage Hosts A 1966 Shelby GT350-H ‘Rent-A-Racer’: Video

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On the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, a truly special, vintage American pony car stopped by for a visit: a 1966 Shelby GT350-H – the original Hertz “Rent-a-Racer.”

This episode is especially relevant given the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350-H, and the introduction of the newest addition to Hertz’s “Adrenaline Collection,” the 2016 Shelby GT-H. That car was officially made available for rent starting Memorial Day weekend, and while it may not be a true GT350 model that’s simply been repainted and made available to rent over-the-counter, it’s still a fitting homage to the 1966 original.

Today, the Shelby GT350-H Mustang is a highly sought-after collectible, prized for its unique gold-on-black paint scheme and legendary history. In all, roughly 1,000 of the cars were built through a deal between Ford, Shelby American, and Hertz, with many reportedly having been stripped of their performance parts or run as production-class cars in SCCA events somewhere between first being made available for rent and being retired, refurbished, and sold by Ford.

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Were we alive at the time, we can’t say for certain that we’d have treated the Shelby GT350-H Mustang any more responsibly.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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