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Posted By: Frank Gioia
Posted On: Monday June 22, 2020 at 7:33 AM
 
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Shelby Hertz 1:1 History...
Shelby struck a deal with the Hertz Corporation to produce a special line of GT350s for rent which were subsequently sold to the public after their rental-car lives were finished. These 'GT350H' cars are quite rare and sought-after today, with some examples selling for more than $120,000.
Shelby produced 1000 of these cars: The 1966 body color colors included 800 in Raven Black, and 50 each in Candy Apple Red, Wimbledon White, Sapphire Blue and Ivy Green. All Hertz cars featured gold LeMans stripes and rocker panel stripes. The "Le Mans" stripes were continued as an option. It featured special quarter-panel windows and rear air scoops on each side and an optional automatic transmission. A fold-down rear seat was now standard as well. Where early 1965 cars had black engine blocks, 1966 and later cars had the 289 engine painted blue.
Early "Hertz" cars were available with 4 speed manual transmissions until so many cars were returned from rental with burned and broken clutch assemblies that all of the later cars shipped to Hertz were equipped with an automatic transmission. Many were rented to use as production class cars at SCCA events, some were returned with different engines, holes where roll bars had been welded in, and other modifications to legally run on the track.

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Kyosho GT350 and GT350H (PICS) by Ted Weller #28287
I have those two also Ted. Nice models I agree. by Harvey Goranson #28287.1
Kyosho differences - GT 350/GT 350H by Ted Weller #28287.1.1
1:1 info below (text) by Frank Gioia #28287.2
Great info/history, Frank. Iconic cars....many thanks! (EOM) by Ted Weller #28287.2.1




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