Carroll Shelby’s Own Shelby GT350H Could Be Yours Next

You can credit Carroll Shelby with creating some of the most powerful and capable performance machinery ever to come out of these United States. But this one wasn’t just made by Shelby. This one was Shelby’s own.

It’s a 1966 GT350H – the rent-a-racer that Shelby made for Hertz back in the day. And dispatched to Hertz it was, to a location in San Diego. But less than two years later, it was purchased off the lot by a private customer.

That owner ended up selling it to another, who in turn upgraded it with a new instrument pod (including tachometer and oil-pressure gauge), valve covers, radiator, roll-bar, rear spoiler, apron, and wheels.

While Shelby could have picked one up himself off the assembly line, he was apparently impressed enough with that third owner’s enhancements that he bought it back to use as his own mode of transportation – although it apparently wasn’t the only one.

Since 2008 it’s been on display at the factory in Las Vegas, returned to original specifications save for the wheels. But now it’s coming up for auction, consigned to Bonhams for its upcoming sale in Scottsdale ten days from now, where it’s expected to sell for between $150,000 and $200,000.

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  • So the modifications that made the car unique and what makes Caroll buys it back is removed? Way to go guys.

    It’s like that time when BMW restore Elvis 507, painted in color that isn’t the same when Elvis own and replace the chevy V8 back to original. I’m original person guy but when a car has interesting stories and modification. Don’t restore it back to normal.

    And also how many assets does Caroll Shelby International still has? it seems they auction their historic car one by one.

    • Six_Tymes

      I was thinking the same. What Carol liked, they should have left alone. It would be interesting to hear their side of the story as to why they did that.

  • Six_Tymes

    150-200 grand? seems kind of low

    • Yep especially with Caroll ownership and the supposed restoration by Caroll Shelby International, but again this car is offered with no reserve so I think the auction house just want to make the bidding more entertaining.

  • Bash

    So the H is for Hertz?

    • Yep, in case you don’t know it’s part of Hertz’s “Rent-a-racer” program, They reach out to Shebly to build GT350 for them and most cars were painted black with gold stripping (this one has the rare white and blue color). And reportedly many of them were raced in SCCA or NHRA with Hertz often found evidence of roll bar mounting.

      • Bash

        Yep, I read about it somewhere last year. Thanks

        • No problem, hope doesn’t sound like I want to be “know it all” type of person.

          • Bash

            Not at all mate. I always enjoy reading your comments and replies and in most cases you add an extra info or detail to the article, I value that.

          • Thanks a lot, and you are one of few people here that I respect myself.

  • Six Thousand Times

    They sorta cost it its Shelby provenance. I’d want it as owned by the man himself.

    • The estimation is a bit conservative, Concours GT350H is valued around $250k.

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