Recent Refurbishment: 1968 Shelby GT350 H

A refurbishment in 2015 has left this 1968 Shelby GT350 H looking extremely nice, and judging by the photos, this is a classic that is ready to be driven and enjoyed by a lucky new owner. If you would like to be that owner, then the Shelby is located in Taunton, Massachusetts, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has now reached $40,100, but the reserve hasn’t been met. I’m not surprised to note that there are currently 204 people who are watching the listing.

It’s worth pointing out here that the Shelby has received more of a cosmetic refurbishment than a restoration. This is because it was originally finished in Highland Green, but during the 2015 refresh, the previous owner chose to have the color changed to its current Raven Black. The quality of the workmanship appears to be quite good, and there are no visible signs of rust on the Shelby’s outside. The photos of the vehicle’s underside aren’t the greatest, but they seem to indicate that the floors and frame are nice and solid. The car rolls on a set of aftermarket wheels, but it isn’t clear whether the originals are included as part of the sale. The overall presentation of the car seems to be extremely good.

The refresh process was not confined to the exterior of the Shelby, with the interior becoming the focus of a similar level and quality of restoration work. It is hard to find anything much to be critical of, which is hardly surprising for an interior that is only about 4-years-old. It appears that there have been no aftermarket additions or modifications made to the car, but given the black on black color combination, the inclusion of factory air conditioning will no doubt be welcome on warmer days. In addition, the car was optioned with a tilt wheel, AM radio, tinted glass, tachometer and trip odometer, and a Sport Deck rear seat.

The 1968 model year marked a major change in mechanical configuration, with the previous 289ci V8 making way for the 302 unit, producing 250hp. This car also comes fitted with a C4 automatic transmission, power steering, and power disc brakes. Once again, the drive-train of the Shelby has come in for its share of attention during the refurbishment, with the engine receiving a rebuild, and the transmission received a check and reseal. The brakes came in for some treatment as well, with new calipers, a new master cylinder, a new booster, and new rotors having been fitted to the car. The owner says that the vehicle runs and drives well, with the engine feeling very strong.

Both the Shelby Register and Marti agree that during 1968, there were 224 Shelby GT350 H “Rent-A-Racers” built and that this car is one of them. It is a nicely presented car, and if the fact that it wears a different paint color and wheels doesn’t bother you, then it is a car that is ready to be driven and enjoyed immediately. However, there is no reason why the next owner couldn’t choose to subject the car to a repaint that would return the car to original. Whether this process would be financially viable would depend on what the car finally sells for. Would you return the car to Highland Green, or leave it Raven Black?

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Comments

  1. Classic Steel

    I like it ..
    I would’ve went back green but the color does look good ..

    I only wish it had a four speed.

    Rent a racer is a cool story for car shows..

    I guess one can say it was driven like it was stolen many-tines.. probably on the drag strip a few too…. darn rental folks 😂👀😜😏

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  2. Tom71mustangs

    I agree- the Black is great, but painted in its original Highland Green would have been the Cat’s Pajamas. I know on many (but not all) Hertz cars had the “GT350H” rocker stripes… year dependent?

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  3. Troy s

    I don’t know, it’s an awful good looking Mustang. Definitely looks the part.
    I like it as is , black with after market wheels that really look good on this ride. High profile cruiser, nobody really raced these ’68’s, not with a stock 302 engine anyways. Just don’t see it.

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  4. TimM

    It always amazes me that you could rent a car like this!! It’s a beautiful restoration but the color change in my opinion can only hurt the sale by not matching the vin code!! It looks good and is out of my price range but if it wasn’t I would want a 4 speed as well!! Just so much more fun!!!

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  5. Mustang lover

    There are a number of warning signals on this car.
    1. The price went down from the reserve selling price to $30,000.00
    2. we have a problem the Ford/Shelby VIN’s are not a match per our factory records.

    just to help
    8T02J149322 is White, black int, auto, with a/c and was in Texas, USA

    #01113 is also White, black int, auto, with a/c but recent info indicates is now painted blue and is in BELGIUM.

    The VIN combo on the Marti 8T02J149322-#01113 “DO NOT MATCH” our factory records and i “have real paper” from 1968. (SAAC).

    * shows the car’s color “highland green” wrong!
    * shows the delling dealer “Reynolds Motors” wrong!

    I even just talked to Kevin Marti and we both agree then VIN above does not
    match our records!

    Kevin also says that there are “faked” Marti reports showing up!

    Seller should be reported!

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