Hertz adds a mysterious Ford Mustang rental car to the fleet

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Hertz has recently changed gears by adding Tesla and Polestar electric cars to its fleet, but apparently knows that some people still want to drive an old school car from time to time.

Hertz launches a new Ford Mustang Shelby rental car on May 10th.

Hertz launches a new Ford Mustang Shelby rental car on May 10th.
(Hertz)

The rental giant has announced the upcoming unveiling of the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 which will be on offer soon.

The Hertz Mustang hood is identical to the Mustang Shelby GT500SE.

The Hertz Mustang hood is identical to the Mustang Shelby GT500SE.
(Shelby American)

The image tester of the car, which will officially debut on May 10, suggests that it is not just a factory version of the GT500, but a custom-made Shelby Americana. An additional set of vents on the bonnet surrounding the large centerpiece matches those on the Carroll Shelby Signature Edition, GT500SE, a $ 30,000 upgrade to the $ 80,000 GT500 that boosts the horsepower of its 5.2-liter V8 with 760 hp supercharged compressor 800 hp.

The standard GT500 does not have auxiliary openings on the hood as on the Hertz car.

The standard GT500 does not have auxiliary openings on the hood as on the Hertz car.
(Ford)

The GT500SE also gets a redesigned suspension for improved handling and uniquely trimmed seats, and the hood is made of carbon fiber and 30 pounds lighter than the standard version. Hertz’s photo shows his car in the brand’s iconic black-and-gold color scheme.

The GT500SE is adorned with unique upholstery.

The GT500SE is adorned with unique upholstery.
(Shelby American)

Hertz, Ford and Shelby collaborated on a special edition car from the 1966 Shelby GT350H, which became known as a “rent a racer” because customers often drove them on the track, despite bans in the lease.

Examples of the 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350H often sell for more than $ 250,000.

Examples of the 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350H often sell for more than $ 250,000.
(Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

Their latest offering was the 50th anniversary of the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT-H, which was mostly a cosmetic upgrade to the Mustang GT launched on Remembrance Day that year. Less than 200 were built, and one that somehow never reached the rental fleet and had only 100 miles at auction last year was auctioned for $ 99,000.

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The original 1966 version usually sells for a little more than that, and the prices of well-maintained copies often exceed $ 250,000.

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