• Jul 29th 2006 at 9:15PM
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Well, it looks like the market's been set for the Shelby GT-H.

FoMoCo , Shelby and Hertz donated one of the 500 Hertz Mustangs to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) to be auctioned at their Gathering of Eagles fundraiser earlier this week. Given the rarity of the car and the bloodlines that stretch back to Shelby's 60s-era Rent-A-Racers, it was expected to pull in big dollars -- and it did: $250,000 to be exact.

The remaining 499 cars will see duty at selected Hertz outlets as part of the the company's Fun Collection, after which they'll trickle into the hands of Ford dealers and likely cross the block at some high-profile auctions. Who wants to bet that the first GT-H to show up at the cash tornado otherwise known as Barrett-Jackson eclipses that $250,000 figure?

[Source: EAA via Winding Road]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Befor I retired, I traveled a lot for my company. I rented more cars than I can remember. I do remember, however, a standard maxim for all renters- "Nothing outperformes a rental car". I know what I did to some of those cars, and believe me, I wouldn't EVER buy a former rental car! I played "bumper" cars with a buddy at 90 MPH on the I90. ( lost a grill.) Went fourwheel'in on the dunes with a Lincoln Town Car. Climbed a small mountain in a DeVille. Wrecked two Mustangs. Tore the front tires off a Bonneville jumping curbs at the malls. And more. I never lost a bet on who could get to the airport first, and ALWAYS knew just how fast any of these rentals were. Thank God they didn't belong to me,
      • 9 Years Ago
      I was quoted $185 per day with unlimited mileage at Las Vegas for next week.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Are you kidding me? A mustang for $250K? Has the world gone mad? That is more expensive than a SL65 AMG fully loaded. Just because Shelby was willing to put his name on it for some amount of money?
      I am sorry but the build quality of all Ford cars is crap, cheap plastic panels, metal joints that aren't brushed and don't fit well, doors and windows that squeak. Not to mention that the car can't handle at all. In a straight away its a fast car but try steering and accelerating at the same time.

      I wouldn't buy this car for $25K much less $250K. I'll say to this what I have said about people who buy Jaguars, They have money but no sense.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Hertz Mustang isn't worth 250K, remember this was a charity auction. I believe the first (or maybe 2nd) GT500 went for 600K at Barret-Jackson in January... that was to benefit Shelby's charity for kids. Nice to see people with big pockets donating some serious coin for good causes...If they were REALLY nice, they would donate the car back to be auctioned again....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Must have seen the same one in the boston area on 128.
      DJ - Where can I rent the elise from? I've been dying to try it out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I saw one of those parked in my Boston garage about a month ago. Didn't have a camera on me, but the exhaust looked after-marketish but nice, and the hood looked mean.
      Auto trans and Hertz pamphlets inside.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I doubt any of the other Shelby GT-H's will exceed this sales price any time in the near future for three reasons:

      1) This is the first one to be owned privately;
      2) Unlike the other 499 this one is not a used rental car with 20,000+ miles; and
      3) The price paid over the sticker price for this vehicle being auctioned for charity is tax deductible, which will not be the case for those sold by Hertz after their use as a rental.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #9 you must be going to Vegas for the new car preview. I wonder how many of the GT-H's will be rented out that week!

      To the guy who says the Stang can't handle...look at the standings in the Grand American Cup race series from last year.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I rented one in Orlando in June for $150 a day. It was a blast to drive, had a great exhaust note and caught a lot of attention. I burned through a tank of gas in 200 miles.
      The real issue is why anyone will pay a premium to buy a car out of the Hertz fleet. The car I rented had less than 300 miles when I picked it up. I did not observe any break-in tactics and none were offered. I felt bad about redlining a new engine but did ring my value out of it. Good luck to the poor saps who choose to maintain these long term. These cars will be the poster children for run hard and put away wet.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Cowboy bob your the man
      • 9 Years Ago
      hey, I ran one around this weekend, paid the price and got my moneys worth. and NO they are Not! worth 250K unless you have money/gas to burn. you can buy ALL the "Ford Raceing" parts you need to make one from a "GT" just like SHELBY did, nothing beats people telling you how they "have one on order" or "That's a Fake?!" you have to RENT one, before you say anything about them, Looks,Stares and Glares it was Great!
      • 9 Years Ago

      Its a small rental place in Portland, sucks that its in Portland but I'm going there next summer for a wedding and in doing some reading about the area (never been there before) I found an exotic car rental service directory of America there cars are not that great but the cost of the Elise is incredible.... sadly no place to rent a Elise in Boston that I have found.

      http://www.dreamcarsnw.com for Americas cheapest Elise

      http://www.gothamdreamcars.com for NYC and surrounding areas..has some amazing true super cars F430'S, Ford GT's, Gallardo (hard top or convertible) and a really gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish

      http://www.exoticcarrental.com/ for a general exotic car rental directory by state for a general exotic car rental directory by state
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