Between buying 100,000 Teslas and 65,000 Polyester, Hertz will provide options for those who prefer to rent a battery-electric way. But the agency still seems to have gearheads in mind. Last week the yellow rental car company tweeted something that looked a lot like the return of the famous Hertz Shelby Mustang. The caption of the tweet is “Get ready to step behind the wheel of the American driving icon. We’re making something big on May 10. Let’s go!” The image is of a current Mustang hood with an aggressive trio vent and a hood pin that carries the word “Shelby”. The color scheme is black and has a pair of gold stripes in the middle.
Get ready to step behind the wheel of the American driving icon. We are making something much bigger on May 10th. Let’s go! #Hertz #HertzLetsGo #The NewAmericanDrive # Americanroadtrip #EnjoyTheRide pic.twitter.com/0IO9LcHHeh
– Hertz (6 Hz)
May 5, 2022
A black Mustang with two gold stripes, a hood scoop and a hood pin was the original identifier of the Shelby GT350-H that launched the infamous “Rent a Racer” program in 1966. Hertz bought the 1000 Shelby-tuned Mustang, dubbed the “Hartz Opportunity for Working Classes to Rent the Dream Sports Car.” The program lasted a single year, when the cost of repairs burned the intended profit and then some. The tenants were not just racing cars, they were snatching them; The K-Code 306-horsepower 289-ci V8 was replaced by a low-powered Ford engine that drove cars leaving the Hertz lot. More innocently, some drivers were not accustomed to how much pressure was to be applied to the racing brakes on the GT350-H, which increased the number of tenants behind other vehicles. They go for six figures in the auction, attracting a high bid of $ 120,000 before the price skyrocketed in a 2013 makeup auction.
Since then, there have been ten more tie-ups for the Exclusive Hertz Fleet, such as the Fun Collection and the Adrenaline Collection, as well as two more runs on the Shelby GT-H Mustangs in 2006 and 2016, and the Corvette ZHZ in 2008 and 2009. In 2020 Hertz and Hendrick Motorsports were the most recent, resulting in a special edition Camaro ZL1 and Camaro SS in the fleet. The tweeted image looks like the current Shelby GT500 with a few extra vents and scripts on the hood pin. However, the program does have some spruce-up Mustang GT, so it could be a GT given a front-end makeover. We’ll find out on Tuesday.