CHASSIS NO: SFM6S449
• Rare white with blue rocker stripe Rent-A-Racer
• Early production model, registered with SAAC
• Authentic presentation, pedigree verified with invoices
• Official brake test car
• Outstanding example, never before offered at auction
289 cid, V-8 engine, 306 HP, four-barrel carburetor, early four-speed manual transmission conversion, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with rear leaf springs, factory early style rear override traction bars, 9” Detroit Locker rear end, rear-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, front disc brakes; wheelbase: 108”
Even before the Mustang in April 1964, Lee Iacocca was hoping to have a super-hot edition to join in with the rest of the Ford’s Total Performance program. They turned to a proven winner, Carroll Shelby, who already had a very successful relationship with Ford through the purchase of small-block V-8 engines for his legendary Cobra roadsters. Given engineering assistance and a liberal development budget, he used the 2+2 Fastback as the basis for his Shelby American GT350, available in both street and competition versions. Selling out the entire 1965 production run, bigger and better things were on the horizon for 1966, especially when the Hertz Rent-A-Car Corporation approached Ford and Shelby with the notion that they wanted to buy up to 1,000 of these new supercars to be made available as a rental on a limited basis. These 289 cubic-inch small block cars with the Shelby tweak delivered 306 HP. The “H” models would be fitted with the Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmissions. All Hertz models were to be Raven Black in color with gold rocker stripes identifying these cars as the GT350-H. However, among some of the first cars delivered to Hertz was a batch of 18 vehicles done in Wimbledon White with blue GT350 rocker stripes only.
It is one of those few white Shelby GT-350H fastbacks that we are proud to offer for your consideration. The extensive documentation provided with this unique car shows this Shelby carries significant historical importance. Delivered new to Hi-Performance Motors in El Segundo, California, on January 28, 1966, it was one 20 GT350-H models used in the well-publicized brake testing program conducted by Ford, Shelby and Hertz. After testing, it was released into the Rent-A-Car program. Hertz received this small group of stripe-less white 1966 Hertz cars and immediately specified that all future cars were to be black cars with over the top stripes and GT350H on the rockers in gold. After it had served its life with Hertz, 6S449 was sold to Albert “Ozzie” Grenade Jr. of Carson City who owned it until 1974. At that time, Shelby enthusiast and collector Steve Wagers of Salem, Oregon acquired 6S449 for the princely sum of $1,450 and owned it for about one year before selling it to Robert Duncan of Portland, Oregon. It is believed that Duncan traded the car to Burwell Ford, also of Portland Oregon, and in December 1981, a few days before Christmas, 6S449 was sold it to Larry Corey. During Corey’s ownership the engine pitched a rod at which time a proper replacement block was installed retaining the original heads, intake, internals, exhaust manifolds and other original Shelby specific parts. For the next 14 years Corey treasured his beloved Shelby GT350-H. Prior to his passing in August 1995, he left strict instructions for his wife to not sell the car until the passing of the car’s creator, Carroll Shelby. Mrs. Corey kept her late husband’s wishes and stored the car for 20 years. On April 12, 2012, the world lost Shelby. In February 2015, the current owner located and purchased 6S499 from Corey’s widow. After it was acquired, the engine, transmission, and all the mechanicals were removed, rebuilt and refinished to original specifications from front to back. 6S449 received a high-level re-paint in Wimbledon White and the blue GT350 stripes were once again applied to rocker panels. During the repaint it was found that the sheet metal was original, rust-free and in excellent condition and requiring only minimal repairs.
This is an early 1966 model with the override traction bars, the correct MICO special brake system and the Shelby Cobra tachometer. It has original Carlite glass all around, original factory installed seats, carpet, headliner and door panels. Only the driver’s seat needed minor attention, which is understandable after 54 years of an exciting life. 6S449 rides on its original Shelby wheels with the special Hertz center-caps and is riding on a new set of Goodyear “Wide-O-Oval” tires. The undercarriage still shows the factory-applied red-oxide primer with factory overspray. It is an early example of Shelby history with outstanding presence. Ready for the strip or the show circuit, this Shelby GT350-H would be a welcomed entry at any Shelby gathering.