Only for rent: Shelby GT-H here to celebrate half a century of “Rent-A-Racer” image

Ford and Hertz have decided to call out Shelby to create a special series limited edition of the GT-H designed to honor 50 years of the “Rent-A-Racer” program.

The first time the Hertz “Rent-A-Racer” program was implemented was way back in 1966 when 1,001 units of the original 1966 Ford Shelby GT350-H were offered to eager customers. Going decades forward in time back in 2006 the second Ford Shelby GT-H was born. Now its third generation is going to receive its official worldwide public premiere during the New York Auto Show that kicks off within hours and the introduction will serve as a reminder of the “Rent-A-Racer” program of the 1960s. Just about 140 units will actually be on offer, and no eager fan will be allowed a purchase. Instead all the cars will only be obtainable through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection in continental United States and even those only at select airports. Just as usual, this limited run special edition is using the Mustang GT as the base and adds Shelby tweaks, such as the traditional “Le Mans” gold dual racing stripes over a black body. The GT-H also comes with a cat-back performance exhaust from Ford Performance and each car will be adorned with a Hertz Edition emblem on the front fenders.

Other bells and whistles include Hertz Shelby GT-H sill plates, a numbered badge, a set of rocker stripes with “Shelby GT-H” lettering, 19-inch wheels with Michelin tires, and Shelby’s vented hood. The renters will also be able to see the carbon fiber front splitter and rear spoiler, while in the cabin there are even more Shelby badges. All cars will be powered exclusively by the 5.0-liter V8 engine, mated to an automatic gearbox and with Ford’s Racing Handling Pack. The renting frenzy will kick off during the Memorial Day weekend.