The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 158
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback Hertz Tribute

Selling on Saturday

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback Hertz Tribute

CHASSIS NO: 5F09T745985

• A beautiful tribute to the 1,001 Shelby Hertz Mustangs ordered in 1966
• 450 HP Coyote V-8 engine and five-speed Tremec for performance
• Beautiful paint and bodywork pay homage to the original
• Leather interior with all the custom Shelby touches

5.0-litre Coyote V-8 engine, 450 HP, five-speed Tremec manual transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, power disc brakes; wheelbase: 108”

After the huge success of the 1965 Mustang, Hertz corporation ordered 1,001 of the new 1966 G.T. 350s to offer as rentals. The side stripes read "G.T. 350H", but the cars quickly became known as Rent-a-Racers, and were often rented, raced, and returned for just $17 a day and $.17 a mile - not a bad deal! About 800 of these unique rentals were painted black with gold racing stripes and, today, they are a highly coveted addition to any Mustang collection.

This unique 1965 Mustang began with a solid donor car and filled out his wish list from there, beginning with a modern 450 HP 5.0 V-8 engine mated to the classic Tremec five-speed manual transmission. All new suspension, wiring, and disc brakes were of course included, making this a very potent and capable package. It is clean and very well-executed throughout, and the engine bay with that Coyote V-8 stuffed in the middle deserves particular attention. The fit and finish, the badging, and the detail striping are done to a very high level, making everyone seeing the car scratch their heads for just a moment. Everything is there - the driving lamps, the hood scoop, and the Alloy “Hertz” wheels. Inside, the leather interior looks like new, complete with Shelby gauges and custom Shelby floor mats. The owner chose a cool Moto-Lita tilt steering wheel, air conditioning and had a custom stereo installed with a port for your iPhone. It’s a lovely tribute car that will certainly more than hold its own at the track or out on the show car circuit. Everything fits beautifully, looks like new, and is highly functional and ready to be driven…well…like a Rent-a-Racer!

In 1966, Hertz helped Shelby become a household name, and today, you can enjoy a car that has the modern performance and classic good looks that might be just about what Carroll Shelby would have built for himself were he alive today.

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