Ford, Carrol Shelby, and Hertz have teamed up yet again – this time reworking the successful Rent-A-Racer GT-H as a convertible model. As before, these modified GT Mustang’s are available only for rental from Hertz at select airport locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Hawaii sometime later in the year with a production run of 500. The first one off the assembly line, as is the usual with Shelby automobiles, ran through Barrett-Jackson Auction in West Palm Beach, Fla – this time bringing in a cool $250k. Of course proceeds of the sale benefit the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation.
“The Ford Shelby GT-H was so much fun to drive that people literally begged us for more,” said Carroll Shelby, CEO of Shelby Automobiles, Inc. “The Mustang program never stands still, so we created a Ford Shelby GT-H convertible that gives people another unique driving experience. It’s a genuine American pony car that delivers open air motoring.”
Like the 2006 Shelby GT-H Mustang coupe, the 2008 convertible will be instantly recognizable. Black exterior paint set off with gold “Le Mans” dual racing stripes and “Shelby GT-H” rocker stripes - each will wear a Hertz Edition emblem on the front fenders and feature Hertz Shelby GT-H sill plates help to dress up the exterior. The vert is fitted with a unique 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 will be incorporated.
The GT-H’s 18-inch black aluminum wheels will be shod with P235/55ZR18 performance rubber. To give the car additional stiffness, a stylish light bar and supplemental bracing will also be added. A numbered dash badge with Carroll Shelby’s signature will be inside the cockpit.
Ford Racing Performance Group’s Power Pack (FR1) will kick up the 4.6L V-8/Five-speed automatic transmission powertrain to 319 horsepower. To put that extra power to the ground, the Ford Shelby GT-H will feature the Ford Racing Handling Pack (FR3) including special-tuned dampers, lowering springs, sway bars and a strut tower brace – plus a 3.55:1 ratio rear axle assembly for extra off-the-line acceleration.
“Any Mustang touched by Carroll Shelby has a head start on becoming a legend, and a highly desirable collectible, but they’re all designed to be seen, heard and driven hard” said Cisco Codina, group vice president, Ford North America Marketing, Sales and Service. “That’s why demand is so high in our showrooms, and on the auction block.”