The Shelby GT500-H Mustang – the H stands for Hertz – is a special-edition model produced by Shelby American specifically for Hertz’s rental fleet. It won’t be cheap to rent or easy to find. Only 25 will be made, 19 in black and six in white. They will be available at Hertz branches in Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa at an average daily rate of $399 per day. The first 75 miles of tire smoking is included, but you’ll be charged 75 cents per mile after that. In addition, renters must be at least 25 years old. The cars will be available for rent starting this summer, according to Shelby.
Shelby American also produces a line of Mustang Shelby GT-H cars with 450 horsepower engines that are not supercharged. These cars, based on the Ford Mustang GT, will be available in hard-top and convertible versions.
These cars are a kind of homage to the original 1966 Shelby GT350-H cars that were also made specifically for Hertz rental fleets. The Hertz Shelby program was renewed a few times in the early 2000s with more gold-striped cars. This is only the latest and most powerful version.
Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American, said when the idea of bringing the program back again came up, he spoke to Hertz about what was possible in terms of power and performance.
“We said, ‘Here we can go if you want to go,’” he said.
And a deal has been reached for the full 900+ horsepower option, he said.