Hertz teases special Ford Mustang S550, could be a GT500 or GT350H

Hertz recently teased something fun that will be based on the Ford Mustang. A photo shared by the rental company on Twitter shows a Mustang S550 with a slatted hood and the iconic black/gold color combination. Any muscle car enthusiast should be excited about this one. As to whether or not this is the return of the Shelby GT350H – the legendary rental car – or a novelty based on the Shelby GT500, that remains a mystery that will remain secret until May 10.

The same paint scheme in the teaser photo would have been found on the 1966 GT350H that Hertz would have rented to you nearly 60 years ago for its Rent-a Racer program. The program was a partnership between Hertz and Shelby American. Ordinary people were able to drive Shelby’s race-modified Mustang for much less than buying one. Renters were even allowed to take the cars out on track days.

It all seemed like a pretty good idea to put The People behind the wheel of a high-performance race car, that is, until People got a little too smart and started stealing the 306 K horsepower -code 289 V8 of leased vehicles and returning them with underpowered engines. A reminder that you can’t have nice things.

As for whether or not this will be the return of the Shelby GT350H… the Ford Mustang GT350 S550 left us in 2020, retiring the 5.2L flat-crank V8 dubbed the “Voodoo” in stride. The engine could rev up to 8,500 rpm, where it produced 526 horsepower, a peak torque of 429 lb-ft was available lower in the rpm range. It was an absolute howl. Ford has indirectly replaced the Shelby GT350 with the Coyote-powered Mustang Mach 1, which has been on sale worldwide since 2021.

Ford, Hertz and Shelby relaunched a racer rental for the program’s 40th anniversary and produced 1,001 examples of GT350Hs for rent. The trio would team up again in 2016 for the 50th anniversary, but this time only 140 special-edition GT350H Mustang muscle cars would be built. But with the GT350 nameplate in the garage once more, it’s possible to take advantage of the Mustang Shelby GT500. Either way, it could be quite the send off for the S550 generation, which will end next year while the Mustang S650 is expected to debut in the first half of 2022.

Hertz also didn’t keep things exclusive to Ford Performance models. In 2019, the rental giant announced the rental of unique Chevrolet Camaros with special performance upgrades from Hendrick Motorsports.

MC&T We’ll keep you posted with all the information we can when the vehicle is unveiled on May 10.

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