Ford’s big play at the New York Auto show this year, was one of tradition along with Shelby American as they introduced yet another chapter in the Shelby Hertz “Rent A Racer” lagacy with the 2016 Shelby GT-H.
Playing a more than familiar tune on the 50th anniversary of the original Shelby GT-350H Hertz rental car, Ford and Shelby together have partnered once again to build this year a short run of Shelby GT-H Mustangs for rent at your local Hertz agencies.
Staring on Memorial Day weekend of this year, the modern day Shelby GT-H will be part of the Hertz Adrenaline Collection at a very select few airport locations. Select few? Why? Well only 140 of the cars will be built at Shelby American in Las Vegas.
This means they will be hard to come by at Hertz rental agencies and likely even harder to buy once they roll into the second-hand retail market when they are done there. This will be a repeat of what we saw with the 2006 Shelby GT-H, where used versions went into the six-figure range at auctions.
The car itself starts as a 2016 Mustang GT before it heads to Las Vegas to get the Shelby American treatment. As of this report, all 140 will be black with gold Le Mans and rocker stripes as a nod to the historical lineage of the GT-H.
Appearance doo-dads include a Hertz Edition emblem on front fenders, carbon fiber rocker accents and a numbered badge. A Shelby hood is added along with the aftermarket tuner’s somewhat home made looking mesh grille.
A carbon fiber front splitter and rear deck spoiler are added as well as a unique rear emblem. Rolling it down the road are blacked out 19-inch staggered Performance Package wheels with Michelin summer rubber.
Performance upgrades are mostly the kind that won’t put Hertz at an insurance dis-advantage. These start with a louder Ford Performance cat-back performance exhaust and a Ford Racing Handling Pack with stiffer dampers, springs, and sway bars.
The interior is largely stock but includes Shelby GT-H logos on the head rests, sill plates and floor mats. And while rental cars rarely need engine dress up, they’ve added a few logo items under there too in case you take it to a car show.
As stated, Shelby American will build the cars at its facility in Las Vegas just south of the Luxor pyramid and across the street from the airport. With total production expected to number only around 140 units have fun reserving one.
You can get more information on the cars and even watch the build at www.shelby.com. Will I be test driving one? Who knows but anything can happen as much as I travel.