The late ’60s were the heyday of Ford muscle cars for many fans. The Mustang line had iconic cars like the Boss 302 and the Shelby GT350, among others. In the ’60s, those who didn’t want to shell out the cash to own a GT350 could go down to the local Hertz car rental agency and drive off in a rented 1969 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 via the Hertz Rent-A-Racer program. Those cars are desirable collector items today and this 1969 Shelby Rent-A-Racer is for sale.
Most Hertz cars were done up in black with gold trim, but this particular car is one of only 19 GT350s that was finished in Gulfstream Aqua with white clarion knit Corinthian vinyl. It’s one of only five Rent-A-Racer 1969 GT350 cars that were fitted with the Traction-Lok differential. The car has 77,364 miles on the odometer, which the seller says is believed to be the original miles.
Other options in the car include the FMX Cruise-O-Matic transmission, visibility group, Goodyear tires, power front disc brakes, power steering, Tilt-Away steering wheel, AC, AM radio, tinted glass, deluxe belts/warning lights, tachometer, and trip odometer. The car also has the Sport Deck Rear Seat. As you might expect, the value of the late ’60s Shelby cars has soared in later years.
When new, the 1969 Shelby sold for an MSRP of $5,231.27. It was originally shipped to Gotham Ford in New York before being purchased by Herts for the Rent-A-Racer program. A restoration was performed on the car, likely in the late ’90s, with the exterior getting painted then. Much of the interior is original, but the front seats were recovered. A framed Elite Marti Report comes with the sale of the car at the asking price of $85,000. In January 2019, we talked about a prototype 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible that was discovered in Detroit.
Source: Classic Cars