Renting an automobile is often more of a necessity than a thrill, mostly because rental fleets are by-and-large boring grocery getters, serving merely to get people from Point A to Point B. Hertz, however, has a long history of renting out gussied up performance cars for weekend warriors, especially the Mustang.



One such low-mileage Hertz Mustang Shelby GT350 has found its way on to eBay.





Photo Credit:Straight Line Automotive Group



The iconic black-and-gold Hertz Mustang GT350 was the result of a deal between Ford, Shelby, and Hertz Rent-a-Car to bolster sales of Shelby vehicles. Shelby approached rental fleets and was surprised when Hertz ordered 1,000 of the special Mustangs.







The Hertz Mustangs came with special wheels, one of four colors (all with golden stripes), and almost all of them came equipped with automatics after the clutches on manual cars were burnt toasty-like. They required no special license to rent - you had only to be over the age of 25 and have $12 for a single day, or $60 a week.







This particular Hertz Shelby is in excellent condition, having racked up just 28,000 miles. Back in 1968 the car cost Hertz about $3,800, and a year later the owner of JD Ball Ford in Miami, Florida bought it back for about $1,000 less, implying that the same stereotypes about rental cars applied back then that do now. The starting bid for this 1966 Hertz is $150,000, with a buy it now of $157,000. This might be on the high side, as the last Hertz Shelby to go up for auction was sold by RM Auctions in 2007 for around $137,000. However, this is one of the rare 4-speed manual cars, with a 289 engine. Hertz stopped offering Hertz Mustang GT-H in 2006, though the 2010 ‘Stang might change that.




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