1966 Shelby GT350H: The Iconic Hertz Rent-a-Racer That Became a Beloved Road Trip Companion

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1966 Shelby GT350H
1966 Shelby GT350H

Cruising onto the scene in 1965, the Shelby GT350 carved a distinct path as a powerful and exhilarating American muscle car. However, it was the following year that truly cemented its place in automotive history.

1966 saw a groundbreaking marketing collaboration that surprised the industry. Shelby teamed up with rental car giant Hertz to create a fleet of 1,000 specially designed GT350s, designated as the GT350H, specifically for customer rentals.

This unprecedented partnership between a high-performance car manufacturer and a rental company captured the public’s imagination.

For a surprisingly affordable price tag of $17 a day and an additional charge per mile, everyday Americans with a need for speed could experience the thrill of getting behind the wheel of a Shelby Mustang.

1966 Shelby GT350H
1966 Shelby GT350H (YouTube/Jerry Heasley)

While membership in a Hertz club added a minor hurdle, it did little to deter driving enthusiasts from this unique opportunity. Despite a few scratches on the windshield hinting at past adventures, this unassuming Hertz rental car holds a surprising story.

Andy, a veteran racer himself, defied expectations by never pushing this car to its limits on the track. Instead, he recognized its historical significance and chose to cherish it as a time capsule.

After its rental days were over, he acquired the Shelby, transforming it from a fleet vehicle into a trusty companion for countless road trips.

The car’s longevity is a testament to both its inherent durability and the care Andy has showered upon it.

Though Andy has stepped away from competitive racing, his passion for high-performance vehicles remains undimmed, as evidenced by his collection of track-exclusive cars.

Dana Phio

By Dana Phio

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