April 2, 2007

Ford, Shelby and Hertz team up for “Rent-A-Racer” convertible

Palm Beach, Florida – The Ford Motor Company, Shelby Automobiles and The Hertz Corporation have teamed up for a special run of performance-modified Mustang GT convertibles available for rent exclusively through Hertz. Approximately 500 convertibles, a first for the GT-H program, will be available through the Hertz Fun Collection at select airport locations in Arizona, California, Colorado and Hawaii later this year.

The Shelby GT-H Mustang program was launched in 2006 to commemorate a plan by Carroll Shelby and the Hertz Corporation in 1966, which put high-performance, special-edition Shelby Mustang coupes into Hertz’s fleet. Retired from the fleet, the 2006 GT-H Mustang coupes are being auctioned off to raise money for the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation. The first of the GT-H convertibles was sold for US$250,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in West Palm Beach for the charity.

The cars will be built at Shelby Auto’s facility in Las Vegas, for delivery to Hertz. They use Ford Racing Performance Group’s Power Pack to increase the 4.6-litre V8’s horsepower to 319, and include a five-speed automatic transmission, specially-tuned dampers, lowering springs, sway bars, strut tower brace and 3.55:1 rear axle. The cars will be finished in black, with gold “Le Mans” dual racing stripes, Shelby GT-H rocker stripes, a Hertz Edition emblem and numbered dash badge with Carroll Shelby’s signature.

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