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.
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.