Most of the time, arriving at the rental car counter adds insult to injury. You’ve likely just landed from a long flight in which, if you’re lucky, you only sat on the tarmac for one hour. The plane seat was probably cramped and then, after touching down, you had to take a shuttle bus that made stops every 20 feet before finally arriving at the rental car office, only to find that your prize at the end of that journey was to get behind the wheel of an economy size sedan with the horsepower of a lawnmower.
But imagine if, at the end of all that hassle, you got to turn the keys of a 2016 Shelby GT-H. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its rent-a-racer program, Hertz, Ford, and Shelby partnered to create 140 editions of the souped-up 5.0 Mustang that will be available starting Memorial Day at select airports across the U.S.
In 1966, Hertz debuted its program that allowed drivers to rent the Shelby GT350 for the whopping total of $17 a day and 17 cents a mile. Racing enthusiasts jumped at the chance. It is rumored that some brought the GT350s to the track and took the engine out to put in their own rides. Others were less considerate and just drag raced the rental car as is. Predictably, many of the Shelbys were returned in less than perfect condition.
We can only imagine that Hertz has plenty of language in its 2016 rental agreement to prevent that kind of behavior. But the new GT-H is still awesome. It has a Ford Performance exhaust and a Ford Racing suspension package to make the car sound and drive more sporty. Then there’s the looks. The car has Hertz’s black-and-gold color scheme and sits on matte black 19-inch wheels.
The final power output has not been revealed nor has the price. But if you want to drive one of the finest examples of American muscle without freeing up space in your garage, this is a great opportunity.
Check out this video on the history of Hertz’s rent-a-racer program below:
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