Fast, fun Mustangs never last long on the showroom floor here at Streetside Classics, and this cool 1965 coupe is probably no exception. Dressed in Shelby GT350H Hertz "Rent-A-Racer" livery, it's a neat little fastback with the right look and a high-revving 289 that snarls like it belongs on the track.
Black and gold were Hertz's colors and the black finish with gold stripes made the GT350H stand out from its siblings. This is a highly accurate replica, too, from the hood pins to the Plexiglas quarter windows, it's obvious that someone did their homework before the build started. The black seems to show off the Mustang's details best, like the side cove that ends in a brake cooling scoop that is fully functional. Fortunately, there's no oversized hood scoop or rear wing, a fate that befalls entirely too many early Mustangs, and the clean, original shape has been permitted to live unmodified. The stripes were professionally applied, so the workmanship is first rate, giving it a clean, purposeful look. Freshly chromed bumpers, a proper Shelby grille, and a GT350 badge and gas cap on the tail panel complete the period-perfect look.
All Hertz Shelbys received black interiors, so that's what went in here, too. With beautifully stitched seat covers, it's highly authentic and with a few upgrades, extremely practical as well. Fresh carpets offer the correct weave, and matching door panels look like they're fresh out of the wrapper. There is no console, which wasn't part of the Shelby package, but you will note that this one has a 4-speed manual gearbox. While a vast majority of the GT350H cars were indeed automatics, a handful of 4-speed cars were built, so this one is technically correct. A newer AM/FM head unit has been fitted in the original radio's location, preserving the stock dash, and a set of aftermarket gauges live under the dash with a correct Shelby-style tach up high where it's easy to see. A wood-rimmed Shelby-style steering wheel warms up the otherwise all-black passenger compartment and the fire extinguisher is just plain cool. The trunk is correctly dressed up with plaid mats and a spare tire with matching cover.
The engine was originally a C-code 289 2-barrel, but today there's a cackling 289 built to correct Shelby 306 horsepower specifications. Wearing correct Ford Blue paint, the sharp little small block cackles and snarls through a dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, and a new aluminum high-rise intake and a Holley carburetor help make horsepower. At idle, you can definitely tell that it has a big cam inside, and the gorgeous finned valve covers and Cobra air cleaner give it a real Shelby look. Underneath, there's a slightly lowered suspension that makes the car sit just right, plus front disc brakes, and a correct set of traction bars for the rear leaf springs. It starts and runs beautifully, the transmission shifts like it should, and this is a Mustang that you could drive every day if you were so inclined, just like back in the 1960s. Handsome and correct Hertz wheels wearing 14-inch tires are just the right size, not too big, not too small.
So go ahead and look through our inventory and see how many Mustangs wear a SOLD sign. This exceptional GT350H replica will be joining them soon, so don't delay, call now!