Lot #27: 1969 Shelby GT350 H "Rent-a-Racer"
Extremely rare as 1 of just 151 Shelby GT350 "Rent-a-Racers" built for Hertz from the last year of the high-profile Shelby/Hertz partnership.
- 1 of only 151 final-year Shelby GT350 "Rent-a-Racers" built for Hertz
- Documented in Shelby Registry; accompanied by Deluxe Marti Report
- Outstanding Black Jade/Gold livery with just one professional repaint
- Formerly part of the Wayne Davis and Sam Pack collections in Texas
- Highly original, very well-maintained and presented low-mile example
Documented in the Shelby American Registry and accompanied by a Deluxe Marti Report. Striking Black Jade/gold livery with one professional repaint, highly original, well-maintained and formerly part of the Wayne Davis and Sam Pack collections in Texas.
Specifications: 351 cu. in. V-8 engine with Ram Air induction and single four-barrel carburetor, 290 hp, FMX 3-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with leaf springs and staggered shock absorbers, hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes; Wheelbase: 108"
Beginning with the first major redesign of Ford's wildly successful Mustang for 1967, Shelby's SCCA B/Production-conquering GT350 began to quickly mature beyond its hard-edged competition roots. However, high performance continued as the GT350's basic essence. With the Mustang's next significant restyling for 1969, the final-series GT350 retained its distinctive identity with aggressive styling cues and rich interior appointments upholding the model's performance-oriented, limited-production character in the popular Grand Touring vein.
Delivering a solid 290-hp rating, Ford's enlarged 351 cubic inch "Windsor" V-8 engine now powered the GT350 for its final 1969/1970 model years. In addition to its maintenance-free hydraulic valvetrain, the 351W was equipped with a 470 cfm Autolite four-barrel carburetor, an aluminum high-rise intake manifold, and striking "Cobra - Powered by Ford" cast-aluminum valve covers. Functional Ram Air induction and a low-restriction dual exhaust enhanced breathing. Transmissions included Ford's Toploader four-speed as standard, with the FMX three-speed automatic optionally available. A highway-friendly 3.25:1 rear-end ratio was standard, supplemented by optional 3.00:1 and 3.50:1 Traction-Lok axles. High-performance underpinnings included staggered rear shock absorbers and heavy-duty brakes, while handsome Shelby five-spoke wheels, fat Goodyear white-letter tires, and aggressive exhaust outlets rounded out the 1969 GT350.
For 1969, Shelby continued its high-profile association with Hertz Rent-A-Car, which began in 1966, but for the last year. With Ford Motor Company product planners and designers now clearly calling the shots on the Shelby model line while Ford simultaneously offered its own wide range of competing high-performance cars, Carroll Shelby and Ford Motor Company would soon terminate their partnership. Just 151 Shelby GT350s, all Fastbacks or "Sportsroofs" in Ford literature, were produced for the Hertz rental fleet for 1969. This highly equipped and very attractive "Rent-a-Racer" is one of them.
Listed in the Shelby American World Registry and accompanied by a Deluxe Marti Report, this 1969 Shelby GT350 H was delivered new to Bristol, Tennessee, finished in Black Jade with gold accent stripes. In addition to its high-performance 351 V-8, the GT350 was very well-equipped with factory options and features including an FMX automatic transmission and Traction-Lok rear end, power brakes with front discs, power steering, Selectaire air conditioning, tinted glass, deluxe seat belts, Tilt-Away steering wheel, AM radio, Visibility Group, a tachometer and trip odometer, and the Sport Deck fold-down rear seat.
By 1997, this GT350 H was in Texas, where it passed through two owners before joining the noted Wayne Davis collection. During April 2008, it was acquired by longtime Ford dealer Sam Pack, another well-known and prolific Texas collector, with whom the Shelby was displayed and maintained by his dedicated team of mechanics until the Consignor acquired it in late 2014. As offered, this GT350 H is very well-presented and highly original with one known professional repaint. Purchased with less than 18,000 miles and only some 100 more accumulated since then, the vehicle benefits from recent attention to the brakes, replacement of the shock absorbers, and rebuilding of the power steering using all Ford Motor Company parts. As one of only 151 final-year Hertz "Rent-a-Racers," this striking and highly collectible GT350 H marks the end of an era and it will certainly continue to exemplify the Shelby mystique.
|Bid Date||Bid Amount||Bidder|
|Aug 20, 2016 - 11:31:53 PM||USD 70,000.00||i6636|
|Aug 20, 2016 - 2:48:13 PM||USD 65,000.00||i6546|