Shelby both backed off the intensity of the GT350 Mustang for ’66 and cranked up production. He built 2380 that year, of which Hertz took 1001 for its Rent-A-Racer program.
They were a variety of colors, all with gold stripes and the same 306-hp 289. Most were automatics. Hertz Sports Car Club members could rent them for $17 a day and 17 cents a mile. The ad read, “Add a little excitement to your next business trip. Get behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350-H.”
Stories of cars being returned with different engines and evidence of roll bars added are legendary.
[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared as part of the 25 Greatest Mustangs cover story in the July/August issue of Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. You can find the other entries here.]