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Lot 42

2015   |   Amelia Island 2015

1966 Shelby GT350H

SOLD $137,500

Estimate

$140,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

SFM6S717

Car Highlights

One of 1,001 Hertz Rent-a-Racers Built in 1966
One of 50 GT350H Models Finished in Wimbledon White
Converted to 4-Speed Gearbox Early in Life
SAAC Documented for Many Years
Comprehensive Restoration Completed in 2012

Technical Specs

289 CC OHV V-8 Engine
4-Barrel Holley Carburetor
306 BHP at 6,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Disc and Rear Drum Hydraulic Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*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.

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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.