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Franklin Mint 1:24 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H Independent Retailer- Nbr LE of 350

Reviewed by:   Tony F Perrone
     
  Franklin Mint 1:24 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H Independent Retailer- Nbr LE of 350 diecast car
 
 
 

FM’s first foray into the 1966 Mustang came in the form of the black with gold stripes Hertz GT350H. A revamp and revision of the 1965 model, FM made all the appropriate changes. This model is Mint Models’ reply in the form of beautiful Wimbledon White with Gold stripes. Historically, this is like a tall tale told to kids that may be a little unbelievable to some. …“Oh sure, I was a racer in my day. Why, I had this Shelby GT350 that blew the socks off the other guys in ’66.” Yeah, pretty cool until you fess up with, “Yep, I just walked in to Hertz and rented that sucker.” HUH? We all know the history, pretty much, on these so-called ‘Rent-A-Racers’ so let’s spend a little time in exploring the model itself.

FM made a grand little ’65 GT350; both unsigned and in a grandiose package autographed by Carroll Shelby. The model was faithful to the stance and shape of the real car and this model follows suit extremely well. Get past the dog leg door hinges and the glassless vent wings. Focus, instead, on the positive points; there are quite a few. Realistic paint colors render an authentic look to the chassis. The exhaust pipes, tranny, blue engine bottom, differential and rear shocks, they all look superb. The interior is right out of a Shelby-history picture essay; true to life and detailed very well. Love those fabric belts. That big ol’ tach sure looks good too. The trunk is pretty small but well defined, just like the real one. It’s a rental. A racin’ rental; who’s getting groceries in this bomb anyway? The suspension works and the paint is to die for. The Sapphire Blue paint is exquisite and the gold stripes work magically well. The photo-etch wipers are welcome and the hood is just like Shelby’s original – fiberglass. That’s a carry-over detail from FM’s two ’65 350GT models. I like it. Easy when opening it, it’s light.

FM switched over for the '65's rear side vents to the correct plate glass but the engine is my favorite part of the diecast. Right up to date and modern as can be for a more than four decade-old automotive subject. Caution stickers, wires, hoses, metal fuel lines, cabling; it is all very well handled. If you have a Mustang collection, you need this one. If you don’t, this would make a good starting point.

Exclusively commissioned from the Franklin Mint by Mint Models. Orders may be emailed to: service@mintmodels.com or you may call Mint Models at: (800) 341-4699.

(10/11/2007)
 
 
  Franklin Mint 1:24 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H Independent Retailer- Nbr LE of 350 diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H Independent Retailer- Nbr LE of 350 diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H Independent Retailer- Nbr LE of 350 diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H Independent Retailer- Nbr LE of 350 diecast car

Franklin Mint 1:24 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H Independent Retailer- Nbr LE of 350 diecast car

 
 
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Franklin Mint 1:24 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H Independent Retailer- Nbr LE of 350

Franklin Mint 1:24 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H Independent Retailer- Nbr LE of 350

 
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