Back in 1966, famous rental car company Hertz decided that persons above 25 and with a pocket full of dollars could grab one of the 1001-limited run 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350-H.
The cars were of course limited to rentals and as such they’re practically invaluable collectibles. And by the way, of those 1001 units, just 85 of them had a four speed manual gearbox. Hertz forgot all about its rent-a-racer program until 2006 when it celebrated the 40th anniversary and then again repeated the trick this year with the 2016 Shelby GT-H. The latter is not really the Shelby 350, since it’s based on the regular Mustang GT, but then again you can’t be too picky when you get a vented hood, a carbon fiber front splitter, a rear spoiler and lots of GT-H badges.
And best of all, these Mustangs GT-H, which are of course more dynamic than the 1966 Shelby GT 350 would have been back in the day, also pack the cat-back exhaust from Ford Performance. The icing on the cake will be nonetheless the Ford Racing Handling Pack with lower springs, modified dampers and new sway bars. And you can have those for $399/day, complete with the 435 horsepower. Unsurprisingly though, Leno – who got to try them both – preferred the first-generation – making the episode a trip down memory lane, where we get to hear some of the youth experiences of the comedian. It has to do with Mustangs, young ladies and proms – so they could make a film out of it in the coming of age genre.