Shelby Mustang GT-H

The Ford press conference at the 2006 North American International Auto Show started off with a lot of happy talk about how the Fusion/Milan twins are making plenty of Camry conquest sales and F150 success stories.

As the “we’re doing fine” jibba-jabba blathered on, our attention began to wander. We started to read the posters that were scattered around about the new, limited-edition Shelby Mustang GT-H, which turned out to be the big news of this event. Available for rent only through Hertz, these 330-horsepower machines hearken back to the 1966 special-edition Shelby GT-350H, which made a stir as the first hot-rods available at rental counters nationwide. (As the old stories go, many of them were returned with their 300-plus horsepower engines replaced with stock Mustang 289 V8s.) Ford is making only 500 of these ponies, all with Sirius satellite radio ad the special black/gold paint scheme.

Ford also showed the GT500 coupe and convertible, which go on sale in late summer packing 500 horsepower. Carroll Shelby himself came onstage to talk about these ultimate Mustangs. Still, even such a storied personage as Mr. Shelby was eclipsed by the classic 1966 GT-350H next to him.

Shelby Mustang GT-H

Shelby Mustang GT-H

Ford, New York International Auto Show

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.
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