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*Please note this vehicle is titled as a Ford with chassis/VIN SFM6S7176R09K140837. Please also note that the Shelby American Automobile Club has noted that 1965 GT350 production totaled 562, not 512 as stated in the catalogue, while 1966 production totaled 2,378, not 2,369 as stated in the catalogue.
For 1966, Shelby was able to boost GT350 production – from the 512 cars built in 1965 to 2,369 cars – in large part due to a contract with Hertz, who ordered 1,001 GT350 models that were to be badged GT350H.
Hertz Shelbys could be rented for $17 a day and 17¢ a mile, many of those accrued in quarter-mile increments by enthusiasts that rented the cars for drag racing. Of the 1,001 Hertz GT350s, only 85 were built with four speeds and, while the majority were painted Raven Black, shades of Candy Apple Red, Ivy Green, Sapphire Blue, and Wimbledon White were also offered.
The Shelby presented here is documented as one of only 50 cars originally finished in Wimbledon White. The GT350H, which was converted to a four-speed manual gearbox early in its life, underwent a comprehensive restoration three to four years ago. Documentation includes the original invoice to Herff Motor Co. Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee, and early correspondence. Significantly, this GT350H’s origins are verified by the SAAC registry, to whom it has been known for many years.
As one of approximately 100 GT350H examples fitted with a steel hood and riding on correct Hertz logo wheels with Goodyear Blue Streak tires, this Shelby is a fantastic piece of 1960s motoring history and worthy of serious consideration.