Jay Leno didn't quite march down to his local Hertz Rent-A-Car to film the latest installment of his popular series, but he almost could have. This week, the celebrity car guru extraordinaire checks out the 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H and its predecessor, the original 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350-H on Jay Leno's Garage.
The black-and-gold '66 was an instant classic—and the source of many legends—when it hit Hertz lots 50 years ago. Marketed as a racing car that just about anyone could rent, the coupes were intended to be driven on the street. But that wasn't always the case. Many were rented on Friday, raced on Saturday, and returned on Sunday. And not all were returned with their Shelby-massaged 289-cubic-inch V-8s still in place since the engines were occasionally swapped into other cars.
Today, those original GT350-Hs are worth upward of $150,000. For a little less than that, Hertz this summer will be glad to rent you its latest incarnation. Today's model isn't a proper Shelby GT350, but it is still a 435-horsepower pony car with a special exhaust, a tuned suspension, and, of course, that iconic black-and-gold paint scheme. Just 140 are being offered in select Hertz locations this summer, compared to the 1,000 available back in 1966. The rental price? A cool $399 per day.
Most of this episode of Jay Leno's Garage is focused on the original, but it is nice to see it reunited with its heir.