Sunday, May 19, 2013

1966 Hertz Shelby GT350 Rental Car - SOLD!! $155k (Mecum Auction)


- Fully restored 1966 Shelby GT350H Fastback
- Matching numbers drivetrain
- Original interior
- Previously owned by Jeff Conley, V.P. of Shelby of New England
- Presently in the Shelby registry
- Dealer installed the Paxton supercharger
- Ownership history
- Numerous awards including outstanding restoration at Boston World of Wheels
- Personally signed by Carroll Shelby


ESTIMATE: $160,000 - $175,000 
Equipped by Hi-Performance Motors of El Segundo, California with a radio and chromed Magnum wheels, this 1966 Shelby GT350H was delivered new to Archway Motors, Inc. of Baltimore, who then prepared it for delivery to Hertz Baltimore in April 1966. After approximately 16 months with Hertz the car was shipped in September 1967 to Embry Ford, where it was purchased by its original owner, Edward T. Johnson of Milan, New Mexico. Johnson had a Paxton supercharger installed but, according to the car’s entry in the Shelby Registry, he “removed it and sold it to purchase a ring for his wife for their anniversary (thus setting a bad example for all married owners).” In 1993 the car was purchased by Raymond Kelley of Farmington New Mexico, who repainted it and replaced the original Magnum wheels that had been stolen in 1971. It appeared in Mustang Monthly in the October 1996 issue, and was later purchased by Craig Conley of San Marcos, California, who installed a Paxton supercharger, returning the car to its earlier configuration. Among a number of other owners was Jeff Conley, Vice President of Shelby of New England. Now fully restored, this rare Shelby Rent-A-Racer retains its matching numbers drivetrain including the 289/306 HP V-8, 3-speed automatic and heavy duty rear end. It also retains the original interior, which includes the signature wood-rimmed Cobra steering wheel and 9,000 RPM Cobra tachometer and features Carroll Shelby’s autograph on the glove box door. Offered with full ownership history, this GT350H has won numerous awards including Outstanding Restoration at the Boston World of Wheels.

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