The best known Hertz Shelbys were the 1966 models. It’s less well known that Hertz ordered Shelby GT350s for their rental fleet at least through 1968. This modified 1968 Hertz GT350 is said to be a barn find and can be found here on eBay in Littleton, Colorado with a Buy It Now price of $55,000 with the option to make an offer.
These 1968 Hertz GT350s had special markings that identified them as GT350s, but they did not have special Shelby engines installed at the Shelby facility in California. By this time, Shelby GT350 production had been moved to a firm in Michigan that did the conversions under contract, and the cars used standard J-code 302 V8s with 250 HP, although a Paxton supercharger was an option. Some sources say that all of the Hertz cars had automatic transmissions and that all or most also had power steering/brakes and A/C to better serve the rental market. The seller says that this car may have a 289 Hi Po engine block with 302 parts inside, but we would want some confirmation of that through the block markings.
According to the seller, this car has been modified for racing, and has a standard transmission, roll bar, 9 inch rear end, and changes in some suspension parts. The racing history of the car is not known, but the wide rear tires and traction bars suggest drag racing, although the seller believes that the car was used in track racing.
At the price asked it is important to know what you are getting, and this car appears to have the credentials. The VIN tag has a faded but correct Shelby Cobra logos and shows that the car is a genuine Shelby fastback 2+2 with 302 V8 with 4-barrel carb. A Mustang decoder website indicates that this car is the 10th Shelby unit in that model year. One of the tag rivets has been removed and the Shelby tag has been rotated to reveal the VIN stamped into the chassis. The stamped VIN matches the VIN on the Shelby VIN tag, so it appears that the car is genuine.
These 1968 GT350 Hertz cars are rare – only 224 were produced – but they don’t command the high prices of the early GT350s, perhaps because by 1968 the glory days of racing for the GT350 were in the past and the car had grown large and bloated with convenience features. But that doesn’t change the fact that these are rare cars and that they look terrific. Perhaps this Shelby Hertz could be bought a little lower than the asking price and turned into one cool rent-a-racer. What do you think it’s worth?