LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1966 Shelby GT350H.
When Hertz introduced the GT350H, many people immediately began renting them for Sunday drag racing events, or even SCCA weekend events. They would install roll bars, swap engines with their racers, or make other modifications to meet SCCA specs, then simply take off the modifications and return the car to Hertz on Monday.
In 1966, the American Road Race of Champions took place at Riverside, California during Thanksgiving Weekend. Rick Kopec (now head of the SAAC) and Mel Wentzel were fielding a original 289 race Cobra for weekend. Failing to obtain a Shelby American Company GT350 as promised by director Lew Spencer, Wentzel convinced Spencer to help him rent a Hertz GT350H for the weekend as he was under 25 at the time. Mel picked the car up from the LAX Hertz location and took it to the race shop to meet Kopec. Kopec immediately began drilling holes and installing a trailer hitch as they were going to use this GT350H to tow the Cobra to the race track! There were two reasons for this, one; Wentzel’s budget did not include a tow vehicle for the weekend, and two; the engine in the GT350H was the same one as in their Cobra, so they had all the spare parts they could ever need! The weekend went off without a hitch and the hood of the GT350H never needed to be lifted, but the car still had two holes drilled in car from the trailer hitch when returned to Hertz. Unfortunately, Kopec and Wentzel never looked at the serial number of the GT350H and it was a mystery for the next 40 years as to where the Hertz GT350 had ended up.
In 2004, the mystery was solved. A member of the SAAC contacted Rick Kopec, and explained to him that there are two holes in his GT350H that are very similar to what is described in the articles and pictures. When Kopec saw the holes and wiring work, his response was “there was no doubt that this was the car we used for the 1966 American Road Race of Champions”. After 38 years, the mystery was finally solved.
This Shelby, the same GT350H used during the ARRC at Riverside in 1966. The Black paint with Gold Hertz stripes shines and shows very well. It also has a fold down rear seat, Koni shocks, dash mounted tach, and of course, its trailer hitch. With the car, comes the vast array of documentation including; a letter from Rick Kopec confirming Riverside use, several articles about the story and old photographs of the car at Riverside in 1966, the owner’s manual and Hertz rental cards, a GT350 spec sheet, a 1966 Shelby Parts Manual, and a CD with all photos of the car at the ARRC at Riverside.
This GT350H has a remarkable story behind it, which makes it stand out from the other 999 Hertz rentals in the world. It is a rare and unique chance to own not only one of the desired Hertz GT350s, but a Hertz GT350 with a story that became folklore and a history that involved Rick Kopec himself.