<b>1966 Shelby GT350H Fastback</b> <br />Chassis no. SFM6S1183
Lot 72
Rare Hertz Model in Sapphire Blue
1966 Shelby GT350H Fastback
Sold for US$ 115,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1966 Shelby GT350 H Fastback
Chassis no. SFM6S1183

289ci OHV V8 Engine
Single Four-Barrel Holley Carburetor
306bhp at 6,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
Front Disc - Rear Drum Brakes

*Desirable Hertz 'Rent-a-Racer' Shelby GT350
*Factory-delivered in rare and striking Sapphire blue
*Beautifully presented throughout with much restoration work done
*Great Shelby for high speed rallies such as the Copperstate 1000


The Shelby GT350

Ford created a new class of car almost overnight with the introduction of the Mustang Sports Coupe partway through the 1964 season, catching the rest of the US auto industry off-guard. The brainchild of Lee Iacocca, subsequent savior of the Chrysler Corporation, the Mustang is one of the most remarkable automotive success stories of modern times and arguably the pinnacle of Iacocca's long career with Ford. Legendary Texan racing driver Carroll Shelby's team had been campaigning Ford's Mustang 'pony car' with considerable success in North America, winning the SCCA's B-Production title three years running in the mid-1960s. Capitalizing on his success, Shelby began manufacturing a Shelby GT based on the Mustang, which were officially sanctioned and sold through selected Ford dealerships. The first Shelby Mustang – the GT350 – arrived in 1965 powered by a modified version of Ford's 289ci high-performance small-block V8 producing 306bhp, with options of a 340-360bhp unit in competition trim or 400bhp supercharged. A 4-speed Borg-Warner manual gearbox was the stock transmission on early Shelby Mustangs, though a heavy-duty, 3-speed automatic soon became available as an option. The running gear was up-rated appropriately to cope with the GT350's increased performance, though outwardly there was little to distinguish Shelby's GT350 from the standard product apart from a pair of broad 'racing' stripes down the body centerline.

In 1966, Carroll Shelby, as shrewd a business man as he was a racer, struck a deal with Hertz to offer a high-performance rental car to the public for the first time. This made the legendary performance of the Shelby GT350 accessible to the public. Enthusiasts that might not have been able to afford such a car could now rent it on a Friday afternoon and drop it off at Hertz on Monday morning, after a weekend full of racing or high-speed cruising. The cost to rent all this performance was just $17 a day and 17 cents per mile. One thousand GT350s, with the majority finished in Hertz's colors of black and gold, were delivered to the company for use around the country in 1966.

The Motorcar Offered

This striking Shelby GT350 - chassis number 6S1183 - was shipped from Carrol Shelby's headquarters in Los Angeles, California on February 28th 1966, destined for Schwister Ford of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The new Shelby was finished in Sapphire Blue and Hertz trim, with a radio, chrome Magnum wheels and brake booster equipped as accessories. Schwister Ford performed the dealer preparations on the GT350, and then delivered it to the local Minneapolis Hertz agency. The stunning Sapphire Blue Rent-a-Racer surely created a stir on that day, and you can just imagine the employees standing in line to park the new Shelby. The rarest of the four colors offered, Sapphire Blue GT350 Hertz cars accounted for just 57 cars of the production.

By 1967, 6S1183 was sold to Tomlinson Motor Company, who in turn sold the car to a Mr. Roger Underwood of Peoria, Illinois. The car was later purchased by a Mr. Tim Nolan of Bradford, Illinois, before relocating to Texas where a Mr. Jerry Howard owned the GT350 H. By the early 1970s, a 4-speed manual transmission was installed in 6S1183, but the original automatic transmission remains with the car until this day. By the early 2000s, the now very collectible Shelby was in Modesto, California.

For the past decade, the Sapphire Blue GT350 H has remained with a Bay Area and Phoenix-based collector, with a taste of the finest performance cars around. Specialist shop Vintage Iron in Scottsdale, Arizona has since performed much restoration and maintenance work, and fitted period-correct power steering. Rare and desirable, this smart Shelby GT350 H is fitted with under the dash air-conditioning as optioned in period, and a dash mounted tachometer. Arguably the most iconic and collectible rental car in history, this handsome Shelby is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner, and would be the ideal car for high-speed rallies such as the Copperstate 1000.
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