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2006-2007 Shelby GT-H Overview

The Shelby 2006 GT-H
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2006 Shelby GT-H

  • Shelby GT-H commemorates 40-year anniversary of famed Shelby/Hertz GT350H "Rent-A-Racer"
  • Shelby, Ford Racing give Mustang GT V-8/automatics extra "show," added "go" to make Shelby GT-H
  • A special run of about 500 units will be available for rent exclusively through the Hertz Fun Collection at select airport locations.
  • GT-H packs Ford Racing performance, handling in hot Shelby looks, classic Black & Gold Hertz livery

In a throwback to the famed Shelby GT350H "Rent-A-Racer" program from the 1960s, Ford Motor Company, Shelby Automobiles and The Hertz Corporation partnered to produce a special run of performance-modified Ford Mustang GTs - designated "Shelby GT-H" (for "Hertz") - that were available for rent exclusively through Hertz Corporation rental outlets. Approximately 500 units were created and available at select airport locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

"Like the original Hertz cars, the Ford Shelby GT-H will be fun to drive," said Carroll Shelby, CEO of Shelby Automobiles, Inc. "We started with a terrific Mustang and modified it with some Ford go-fast parts and gave it a distinct look for Shelby-style driving. Whoever gets the opportunity to rent one of these unique cars will get an experience of a lifetime."

Hertz Fun Collection

Hertz launched its Fun Collection in January 2006. Featuring vehicles tailor-made for travelers seeking exciting driving experiences.

The 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H Mustang was available at select airport locations that featured the Hertz Fun Collection including Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado; Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida; Maui and Honolulu, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, the car was available in Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.

Walt Seaman, staff vice president, Worldwide Fleet, Maintenance, and Car Sales Operations for The Hertz Corporation, said: "With 2006 marking the 40th anniversary of the Shelby GT350H joining the Hertz fleet, we're thrilled to be bringing legendary Mustang driving excitement back to our rental customers".

Shelby GT-H's Extra "Show"

Like its predecessor, the 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H wasinstantly recognizable - thanks to several eye-catching styling enhancements that are so much a part of the Shelby Mustang heritage. First and foremost, each Shelby GT-H will wear Black exterior paint set off with Gold racing stripes, a hallmark of Hertz's vehicle history dating all the way back to the 1920s.

  • While it's true that the Shelby GT350H was eventually made available in other color combinations, the Black-and-Gold combo is often referred to as "Hertz colors" by most Mustang aficionados.
  • Shelby's traditional "Le Mans" dual overbody racing stripes are combined with a set of rocker stripes that included special "Shelby GT-H" nomenclature.
  • Each car will also wear a Hertz Edition emblem on the front fenders, and feature Hertz Shelby GT-H sill plates and a numbered dash badge with Carroll Shelby's signature inside the cockpit.
  • To give a hint of the Mustang GT 4.6-liter 3V V-8 engine's added capability, the Ford Shelby GT-H was fitted with a custom Shelby Performance hood with pins, and a brushed aluminum grille with running horse emblem.
  • A unique front fascia with integrated lower grille, as well as a set of body side scoops - reminiscent of classic Shelby Mustangs was incorporated for a distinct look.
  • To further catch the enthusiast's eye, the Mustang GT brakes were dressed up with painted calipers, which can be seen through the GT-H's 17-inch aluminum wheels wearing P235/55ZR17 performance rubber.

Shelby GT-H's Added "Go"

  • Ford Racing Performance Group supplied its Power Pack (FR1) to add a genuine 25-horsepower Ford performance kick to the 300-horse Mustang GT 4.6L V-8 and its Five-speed automatic transmission powertrain along with an increase of 10 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • The package included Ford Racing's 90mm Cold Air kit, the Muffler Kit, a new X-pipe similar to the one used on the new Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, a performance calibration and a cat-back performance exhaust for that throaty sound that will make this car unmistakably a Shelby Mustang GT-H.
  • To put that extra horsepower to the ground, the Ford Shelby GT-H also came with the Ford Racing Handling Pack (FR3) installed, including special-tuned dampers inspired from the FR500C, lowering springs, sway bars and a strut tower brace - plus a Ford Racing 3.55:1 ratio rear axle assembly for extra off-the-line acceleration.

Ford Racing will be working hand-in-hand with engineers and technicians at Shelby Automobile's assembly facility in Las Vegas during the build-out of the GT-H for delivery to Hertz.

Total production was 500 units for Hertz rental fleets across the country.

For 2007, a convertible version of the GT-H was offered for rental at Hertz. The convertibles came with a custom light bar reminiscent of the 1968 Shelby Mustang convertibles.

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2006 Shelby GT-H rear view

Carrol Shelby introduces the GT-H at the NY Auto Show

1966 and 2006 side by side. They did a good job of making a family resemblance

Another view of the 2006 Shelby GT-H

The 2006 Shelby GT-H at speed

The 2007 GT-H Convertible

The 2007 GT-H Convertible, the 2006 GT-H and the original GT350-H















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