Hertz reprises Shelby Mustang rentals with 2016 GT-H, but reserve yours now

Hertz "Rent-A-Racer" Shelby Mustangs

Celebrating 50 years of the Hertz “Rent-A-Racer” Shelby Mustang, the 1966 GT350-H, lower left, 2006 Shelby GT-H, top, and the 2016 Shelby GT-H, lower right. (PRNewsFoto/Hertz Global Holdings)

Black with gold on Mustang is back at Hertz. The car rental company has announced that it will be leasing the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, reprising the Shelby Mustangs that Hertz rented out in 1966 as the Shelby GT350-H, and again in 2006 as a 40th anniversary celebration of the original Beginning TK, muscle car enthusiasts and, as Hertz puts it, anyone wants driving “to be a little more exciting this summer,” the new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H will be available for rent.

Hertz will have 140 of the 2016 Shelby GT-H available to those flying into 17 locations as part of its “Adrenaline” program of renting high performance vehicles.

As the name suggests, the new version of the original “Rent-a-Racer” will be built on the 2016 Shelby GT350 with the same basic powertrain and appearance, but the GT-H will be instantly available by its gold stripes over a black interior.

But there’s more. The Shelby GT-H will have a special GT-H hood and vents, a distinctive GT-H upper and lower grille, special GT-H alloy wheels with a GT-H center cap, and of course, GT-H badges on the grille, front fenders and rear of the car.

The 50th Anniversary Special Edition Shelby GT-H

The 50th Anniversary Special Edition Shelby GT-H (click to enlarge) (PRNewsFoto/Hertz Global Holdings)

Inside it will be hard to forget what the car is, with a numbered Shelby GT-H dash plaque, Shelby GT-H headrest covers, Shelby GT-H sill plates, and Shelby GT-H floor mats. Under the hood, the GT-H gets

The Hertz Shelby GT-H goes beyond the standard GT350 Shelby by adding the Ford Performance Handling Pack, and because a high performance car should sound like it, the GT-H gets the Ford Performance Cat-Back Exhaust.

No vetting (sorry) of driving ability is required, though because the GT350 does not come with an automatic transmission, neither does the GT-H.

Hertz does require, of course, a valid U.S. or foreign country-issued driver’s license, plus assurance that you’re going to be able to pay for it. Among others, renters will need a valid credit card with sufficient credit available, and in the same name as the driver license. And no debit cards or cash payment, and the renters will be required to show a second credit card. A secondary government issued ID, such as a  passport, U.S. military ID, or foreign driver’s with passport will also be required.

The GT-H will be available only to fly-ins, with no “local” renters or one-way rentals. Hertz also will require renters to a return air travel ticket out. And you have to be 25.

Of course, Hertz is going to check out the car when it’s returned. The legendary “borrowing” of a 1966 GT350-H engine during a TransAm race won’t be happening if for no other reason than because, well, it just doesn’t work that way anymore.

The 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-H will be available at 17 different airport locations*…or not, as some locations are already showing sold out, even with an average of eight cars per location. In fact, although we didn’t try every location for every date, we found one available at $279—plus the usual fees and taxes. Anyone interested in renting a GT-H should reserve as soon as possible, or wind up being stuck with a Porsche 911. And you might not be able to get one in black with gold stripes.


*2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H rental locations: Charlotte, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Nashville, Phoenix, Seattle, and in Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Meyers, and Orlando, and California, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.

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