'66 Shelby GT350 Hertz, Supercharged, World of Wheels Show Winner!
6S1581 combines two historical points unique to Shelby during the muscle car era. First, Carroll partnered with Hertz to create the audacious "Rent-A-racer" program. The FIA World Manufacturer's Championship winning Shelby American partnered with rental car giant Hertz to create the Shelby GT350 H. 1,000 cars were available for the car savvy business traveler through the Hertz Sports Car Club. Carroll stepped out of the box again to offer a new twist on some well-established race car technology, the supercharger. American performance has been used with v8's since the days of Duesenberg, but was not on the minds of American manufacturers during the Muscle Car Era. Carroll had a bigger picture in mind, combine a 46% increase in horsepower with a lightweight handling prowess of a B production class race car and sell it to the public. Real world tests show the horsepower boost closer to 20-25%. Make no mistake, 382 HP is still mighty coming from a little 289. Only 11 factory optioned cars made it out of the halls of Shelby American in 1966; and no, John D Hertz's company wouldn't rent you a supercharged Shelby. The first private owner of #1581 had a solution to that dilemma. G.T. 350-H #1581 began life just as the Hertz ads read "Rent a Shelby Super Car" sold through Archway Motors of Baltimore, MD to the local Hertz rental agency where it remained in service from April of 1966 to August of 1967. She was then purchased by an Edward T. Norton of Milan, New Mexico through Embrey Ford. Ed had the dealer install a Paxton Supercharger offered through Shelby American's catalog when he purchased the car on 8/29/1967. Ed was a smart guy, GT350 Hertz cars were selling below wholesale, an average of $2,200. 380+ horsepower from a small block made more fiscal sense than even the new 355hp '67 GT500, even with the $549 supercharger tacked on to the ticket, it was still almost $1,500 less expensive. Hertz cars also came with chrome magnum 500 wheels and an upgraded radio. Ed later sold the supercharger to buy his wife an anniversary ring, but held on to the car until 1993. It remained in sunny New Mexico until 2005, when it changed hands and moved to equally sunny California. It is then that #1581 was reunited with a Shelby American Paxton supercharger. The current owner purchased the car in 2009 and brought it back to its native New England where it was lavished with an over-the-top restoration and entered into the Boston World of Wheels. There, it one Best of Show completing in an all make show car battle royale. She is virtual cosmetic perfection from top to bottom, the under carriage is as finely detailed as the rest of the car. According to the owner, she retains all her original sheet metal and original drivetrain. She is also well documented with full owner history from new in the 4th edition of the SAAC Shelby Registry 1965-1966-1967. If you are looking, not only for a stunning head turner, but also an historical testament to the race-bred ingenuity and creative marketing genius of Carroll Shelby, this 1966 G.T. 350-H is the not only the super car you can rent, but one to keep.
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