The “rent-a-racer” was born in 1966, when Hertz first added a batch of Shelby-tuned GT350H Mustangs to select fleets. The idea was reborn in 2006, when another special-edition Mustang — again tuned by Shelby — was available to rent through Hertz agencies. And, if Shelby American has its way, it may rise from the ashes once again.
Shelby reps let slip to Automotive News that it’s interested in crafting yet another special-edition, performance-tuned Mustang specifically for a car rental company. Traditionally, that firm has been Hertz — in ’66, the company took 1000 cars; in 2006, it sent custom-made GT-Hs into service before retiring and auctioning the entire lot.
Like those GT-Hs, the proposed third batch of Rent-A-Racers would again be based off the Mustang GT, albeit this time the 2011/ 2012 model, which uses a 412-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. The cars would likely sport automatic transmissions, and wear semi-traditional color schemes (i.e. black with gold stripes, or white with gold stripes).
Although this would fit nicely with Shelby’s 50th anniversary and also throw the company some additional car-related business, nothing is set in stone. Although Hertz has been Shelby’s partner for similar ventures, it appears this idea is almost entirely Shelby’s doing; Hertz has yet to review and vote on the proposal.
One potential hurdle: Hertz already rents 2011 Mustang GTs through its so-called Adrenaline collection. One would hope any new Shelby-tuned cars potentially destined for Hertz lots in the future would have enough show *and* go to outperform the stock models.
Source: Automotive News (subscription required)