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|2006 Ford Shelby
GT-H Hertz Edition
|The 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H
commemorates the 40-year anniversary of famed Shelby/Hertz GT350H
"Rent-A-Racer" program. Shelby and Ford Racing give the
Mustang GT V8/automatics extra "show," and added "go"
to make the Shelby GT-H a special run of about 500 units that will
be available for rent exclusively through the Hertz Fun Collection
at select airport locations. The GT-H packs Ford Racing performance
and handling with the classic Shelby Black & Gold Hertz look.
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- Black exterior paint set off with
Gold racing stripes
- Set of Rocker Stripes that include
- Special Hertz Edition emblem on
- Custom Shelby Performance hood with
- Brushed aluminum grille with running
- Unique front fascia with integrated
lower grille & body side scoops
- Painted Brake Calipers
- 17-inch aluminum wheels wearing
P235/55ZR17 performance rubber
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- Hertz Shelby GT-H sill plates
- Numbered Dash Badge w/Carroll Shelby
|Engine & Drivetrain
- Power Pack (FR1) to add a genuine
- Performance Calibration and a Cat-Back
- Ford Racing Handling Pack (FR3)
|Ford Press Release:
|In a throwback to the famed
Shelby GT350H "Rent-A-Racer" program from the 1960s, Ford
Motor Company, Shelby Automobiles and The Hertz Corporation are partnering
to produce a special run of performance-modified Ford Mustang GTs
– designated Shelby GT-H, for "Hertz" – that
will be available for rent later this spring exclusively through Hertz.
Approximately 500 units will be available through the Hertz Fun Collection
at select airport locations Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida,
Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
years ago, Carroll Shelby and The Hertz Corporation came up with
an ingenious plan to help get a batch of high-performance, special-edition
Shelby Mustangs into the hands of rental customers who also happened
to be car enthusiasts. Ford supplied the new Mustangs with V-8 engines
and mostly automatic transmissions, Shelby added extra performance
and style, and Hertz gave the public access to the kind of unique
driving experience that one would normally only find on a racetrack.
Today, the story of the Shelby/Hertz "Rent-A-Racer" is
legendary and surviving Shelby GT350H Mustangs are among the most
sought-after collector cars in the world.
To connect the magical past of the
original Shelby GT350H with the modern capabilities of the new Ford
Mustang, Shelby, Ford and Hertz have again teamed up, and –
together with the Ford Racing Performance Group – have given
the 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H a very classic, muscular look as well
as some true performance credentials.
| "Like the original
Hertz cars, the Ford Shelby GT-H will be fun to drive," said
Carroll Shelby, CEO of Shelby Automobiles, Inc. "We started with
a terrific Mustang and modified it with some Ford go-fast parts and
gave it a distinct look for Shelby-style driving. Whoever gets the
opportunity to rent one of these unique cars will get an experience
of a lifetime."
Further enhancing its position as a
leader at U.S. airports in the leisure car rental market, Hertz
launched its Fun Collection in January 2006. Featuring vehicles
tailor-made for travelers seeking exciting driving experiences,
the Fun Collection adds more entertainment to the driving experience
as each car comes equipped with SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
|The 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H
Mustang will be available at select airport locations that feature
the Hertz Fun Collection including Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles,
Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado;
Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida;
Maui and Honolulu, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, the
car will be available in Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon,
and Seattle, Washington.
With the addition of the Ford Shelby GT-H Mustang
into the Fun Collection, Hertz now offers 36 models that can be
specifically reserved, ranging from mid-size to luxury cars, convertibles
to SUVs and is the only nationwide car rental company able to allow
customers to reserve the specific make and model vehicles at the
time of reservation. More than 8,000 Fun Collection vehicles are
available at 18 major airport locations in the United States.
"With 2006 marking the 40th anniversary
of the Shelby GT350H joining the Hertz fleet, we’re thrilled
to be bringing legendary Mustang driving excitement back to our
rental customers," said Walt Seaman, staff vice president,
Worldwide Fleet, Maintenance, and Car Sales Operations for The Hertz
Corporation. "The Shelby GT-H is a fun, powerful Mustang to
drive, and will be a special part of the Hertz Fun Collection. As
all cars in the collection are reserved by exact make and model,
customers can rest assured that when they reserve a Shelby GT-H
Mustang to drive, they will receive the Shelby GT-H Mustang upon
Like its predecessor, the 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H
will be instantly recognizable – thanks to several eye-catching
styling enhancements that are so much a part of the Shelby Mustang
heritage. First and foremost, each Shelby GT-H will wear Black exterior
paint set off with Gold racing stripes, a hallmark of Hertz’s
vehicle history dating all the way back to the 1920s.
|While it’s true that
the Shelby GT350H was eventually made available in other color combinations,
the Black-and-Gold combo is often referred to as "Hertz colors"
by most Mustang aficionados. Shelby’s traditional "Le Mans"
dual overbody racing stripes are combined with a set of rocker stripes
that include special "Shelby GT-H" nomenclature. Each car
will also wear a Hertz Edition emblem on the front fenders, and feature
Hertz Shelby GT-H sill plates and a numbered dash badge with Carroll
Shelby’s signature inside the cockpit.
To give a hint of the Mustang GT 4.6-liter 3V
V-8 engine’s added capability, the Ford Shelby GT-H is fitted
with a custom Shelby Performance hood with pins, and a brushed aluminum
grille with running horse emblem. A unique front fascia with integrated
lower grille, as well as a set of body side scoops – reminiscent
of classic Shelby Mustangs is incorporated for a distinct look.
To further catch the enthusiast’s eye, the Mustang GT brakes
are dressed up with painted calipers, which can be seen through
the GT-H’s 17-inch aluminum wheels wearing P235/55ZR17 performance
Ford Racing Performance Group is supplying its
popular Power Pack (FR1) to add a genuine 25-horsepower Ford performance
kick to the 300-horse Mustang GT 4.6L V-8/Five-speed automatic transmission
powertrain and an increase of 10 lb.-ft. of torque. The package
includes Ford Racing’s 90mm Cold Air kit, the Muffler Kit,
a new X-pipe similar to the one used on the new Ford Shelby GT500
Mustang, a performance calibration and a cat-back performance exhaust
for that throaty sound that will make this car unmistakably a Shelby
"Any Mustang that traces its roots to a
Shelby GT350H has to boast increased performance and handling over
its factory stock configuration," said Cisco Codina, group
vice president, Ford North America Marketing, Sales and Service.
"Ford Racing’s involvement with niche performance Mustang
builds like this Hertz project is a natural for us as well as for
Hertz and Shelby."
To put that extra horsepower to the ground,
the Ford Shelby GT-H also comes with the Ford Racing Handling Pack
(FR3) installed, including special-tuned dampers inspired from the
FR500C, lowering springs, sway bars and a strut tower brace –
plus a Ford Racing 3.55:1 ratio rear axle assembly for extra off-the-line
|Ford Racing will be working
hand-in-hand with engineers and technicians at Shelby Automobile’s
assembly facility in Las Vegas during the build-out of the GT-H for
delivery to Hertz. With total production expected to number only around
500 units exclusively destined for Hertz rental fleets across the
country, this special-edition Ford Shelby GT-H is sure to give Hertz
customers a truly exclusive driving experience like only Shelby and
the Ford Mustang can deliver.
"This GT-H project has been terrific,"
said Amy Boylan, president, Shelby Automobiles Inc. "My team
here at Shelby Automobiles is very excited with what we have put
together with Ford, and Hertz – a pony that not only has a
special look, but can really run, too. Those who get to rent a GT-H
in the coming months will have the opportunity to enjoy a car that
looks, accelerates, handles and sounds the way a high-performance
Shelby-ized Ford Mustang should. It will prove lots of fun for Hertz
customers looking for some real driving excitement."
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