A rare Sapphire Blue 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Hertz Edition failed to sell on eBay recently with the highest bid of US$104,010.00 not meeting the seller’s reserve.
In September of 1965 Shelby American General Manager Peyton Cramer struck up a deal with Hertz to offer the 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H as a rental car. The program was a clever one for Ford and Shelby as it worked to promote the Shelby Mustang to potential buyers.
As Ford puts it,
The idea was to put high-performance, special-edition Shelby Mustang coupes into the hands of racing enthusiast-minded rental customers.
If you were a Hertz Sports Car Club member back in 1966 (and 25 years of age), you could drive off the rental car lot in a performance 306 hp Shelby Mustang fastback. Total cost: $17 a day and 17 cents a mile. Not a bad deal by today’s standards and not a bad deal back then.
- 1,001 Produced
- Cobra 289 High Performance V8 engine
- Output: 306 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque
- Total cost in 1966: $17 a day and 17 cents a mile
In all, only 1,001 of these fastbacks were built for Hertz in 1966. The makeup consisted of 999 units of the following colors: A majority in Raven Black with Gold (Bronze Powder) side and Le Mans racing stripes, 50 Candy Apple Red with side stripes, 50 Wimbledon White with side stripes (as well as several models with both side and Le Mans stripes), 50 Sapphire Blue models with side stripes, and 50 Ivy Green with side stripes.
The eBay seller claims to have the original California plates that were on the Hertz rental car and also the Hertz service records for this car.
At the time of writing it doesn’t appear that this rare GT350H has been relisted on eBay, but you can Click Here to visit the entry on eBay.
Classic Car Photography took a few photos of a White Shelby Mustang GT350H at the AOMC All American Show in 2011.
Click Here to visit our Image Gallery from the All American Day for more images of the white GT350H Mustang, and other American muscle cars, hot rods, and classics.