Shelby-American’s Peyton Cramer could have probably sold Hertz the Brooklyn Bridge along with the GT-350H program!
The original Shelby-American pitch was for 25 or 50 305-horsepower GT-350H Mustangs in limited edition livery (originally Raven Black with Bronze Power Gold LeMans stripes; other colors came later), four-speed (later cars had modified C-4 automatics) and popular Shelby GT features. Cramer flipped out when Hertz bumped the order to 1,000 GT-350Hs. Carroll Shelby was a very happy man!
Actual production of 1966 GT-350H models is a little cloudy. The original order was for 1,000 cars, but the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) shows production at 936 in Rick Kopec’s excellent SHELBY BUYER’S GUIDE printed in 1981. The GT-350Hs were built in batches of 10 or 20 vehicles. It should be noted that the Hertz cars have been referenced in a variety of ways: GT350H, G.T.350H, G.T.350-H and GT-350H.
Obviously a successful “loss leader” for the daily rental car business, Hertz came back to Shelby and Ford in 1968 and put stock production Shelby GT Mustangs in service for almost two years.
To read more about the Hertz Rent-A-Racer program, check out Mike Gulett’s My Car Quest blog,
For the ultimate information source on Shelby vehicles, please visit, http://www.saac.com/