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You Could Win This 1966 Shelby GT350H ‘Hertz Rent-A-Racer’

The Ford Mustang is famous for a lot of things, and has forged a decades-long love affair with enthusiasts and those simply seeking a fun car to drive. However, the Mustang is also known for becoming Hertz’s original “Rent-a-Racer” back in the 1960s, a pretty wild idea that involved what were essentially street-legal racers anyone could roll in, rent, and take to the local track, then return when the weekend was over. Original Rent-a-Racers like this 1966 Shelby GT350H are quite valuable today, but one lucky person is going to win this one thanks to a new sweepstakes from The Cobra Experience.

Get your sweepstakes tickets here.

This 1966 Shelby GT350H is the real deal, finished in the iconic Hertz black and gold livery with a full ownership history listed in the SAAC directory and a feature in the August 1993 Mustang Monthly magazine under its belt. It was originally delivered to Hertz in Cleveland by The Marshall Motor Co., in Mayfield Heights, Ohio on April 29th, 1966, and retains its original Shelby VIN plate, shipping and maintenance documents, as well as all of the requisite, verified Ford serial numbers.

This 1966 Shelby GT350H  – which bears the serial number SFM6S1796 – is equipped with Ford’s K-Code 289 cubic-inch Cobra V8 that generates 306 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque, which is mated to a C4 automatic transmission and a nine-inch rear end.

As if this amazing car wasn’t enough of a prize on its own accord, proceeds from the sweepstakes benefit The Cobra Experience – a 501(c)(3) non-profit museum located in Martinez, California – which has a mission to promote, conserve, educate and preserve the cars produced by Shelby American. In addition, it seeks to expand and continually develop its programs to educate the public and the next generation of automotive enthusiasts about the legacy of Carroll Shelby and his great cars.

Those that wish to throw their name in the proverbial hat to win this amazing car can do so by heading over here to secure their entries. Better yet, use the promo code FORDAUTHORITY and score bonus entries – the more one donates, the more bonus entries one receives. This sweepstakes is scheduled to end on June 4th, 2023, while the winner will be chosen on June 10th, 2023. And who knows – it might just be one of our readers!

We’ll have more awesome giveaways like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Joseph Macrino

    I had a66 GT350H before I went to Viet Nam in 1968. I told my father to sell it when I left as I didn’t know if I would come back.

    1. Bob

      First of all, let me thank you for your service Joe. That was a very tough war.

      I bet you second guess yourself an awful lot on that decision. Have you ever tried to chase it down and see where it ended up?

      Shortly after Hertz ended that program, they turned all of those Shelbys back over to Ford Motor. My dad was running the “B lot” for Ford at the time. All of those Shelbys ended up coming into Dearborn for resale. They were sent out for some minor reconditioning and then returned and placed on the lobby floors at World Headquarters. Back in those days, the building was known as Central Office Building.

      My brother had a real nice 1965 Ford Galaxy 500 XL convertible. He was in college at the time. He wanted to sell that car and buy one of the 350s. My dad would not let him because he said my brother couldn’t afford the Shelby. My brother told my dad he would quit college for one year and work full time and pay the car off and then return to college. My dad told him, “If you quit college now, you will never go back. I’m not going to sign to let you buy that car.” To this day, the 1966 GT 350 is his favorite car. He would like to go down to Revology, in Orlando, and get one built but….. $200,000 is just a bit much.

      I hope you enjoyed the heck out of your Shelby while you had it.

  2. Carolyn

    Love Mustang. I have a 2011 premium v6 convertible in candy red metallic. Only has 36,000 miles on it & has been stored winters.

  3. GaryB

    An auto? how could they do such a thing. Nothing lets the air out of my tires faster than seeing a sports car tamed by a slush box

  4. Kechke

    Mustang is NOT a sports car.


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