2016 Prototype Shelby GT-H to be Auctioned

Mustang Will Cross the Block at Barrett-Jackson Mohegan Sun Auction

2016 Shelby GT-H
In keeping with tradition, each Shelby GT-H will sport a black exterior paint, complete with gold racing stripes, a hallmark of Hertz vehicles dating back to the 1920s. Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

This coming Summer, the Carroll Shelby Foundation will auction the 50th anniversary Ford Shelby GT-H prototype Mustang, at no reserve, at the first ever Barrett-Jackson Mohegan Sun Auction in Uncasville, Connecticut. Proceeds from the auction, which will take place Friday, June 24, 2016, will go towards providing medical assistance and educational opportunities for children and young people. The Carroll Shelby Foundation says Aaron Shelby, grandson of company founder Carroll Shelby, will drive the car on the block.

“I’m excited to be a part of this historic event,” said Aaron Shelby, grandson of Carroll Shelby. “As a board member of the Carroll Shelby Foundation, it’s extremely rewarding to see my grandfather’s legacy of helping kids continue through the auction of the 2016 Shelby GT-H. I’m confident he would have loved this car and what it represents for his Foundation.”

Limited-Edition Rent-a-Racer

The limited-edition 2016 Shelby GT-H was unveiled as part of a special 50 year celebration during the New York Auto Show. The 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H will be limited to 140 units, and will be available for rent, as part of the Hertz Adrenaline Collection, at select Hertz airport locations starting this Memorial Day.

“The Shelby GT-H represents a significant part Shelby American’s heritage as well as Carroll’s legacy,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Co-Trustee of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and Board member of the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

“The Carroll Shelby Foundation is pleased to work with great partners like Shelby American, Ford Motor Company and Hertz to further Carroll’s vision to help kids.”

Classic Features Meets Modern Design

Some features of the GT-H include a black exterior paint, complete with gold racing stripes, a hallmark of Hertz vehicles dating back to the 1920s.

The 5.0-liter V8 powered GT-H is equipped with a Ford Performance cat-back performance exhaust, along with a Ford Racing Handling Pack, including special-tuned dampers, lowering springs, sway bars and a staggered wheel kit. The Shelby GT-H rides on 19-inch aluminum wheels wearing high performance Michelin tires.

The car also sports a custom Shelby-designed vented hood, carbon fiber front splitter and rear spoiler. Special badges appear in the front grille, rear faux gas cap and trunk lid. Inside, Shelby GT-H logos are on the head restraint, sill plates and floor mats.

“For nearly 100 years, understanding our customers’ needs and interests has remained at the forefront of our business,” said Matt Jauchius, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Hertz Global Holdings. “This special 50th anniversary edition of the Ford Shelby GT-H not only underscores our commitment to deliver a fun and personalized rental experience, but it also has helped Hertz become the premium brand it is today. It’s sure to be an exhilarating drive for anyone who has the chance to get behind the wheel of this one-of-a-kind ride.”

Inaugural Barrett-Jackson Mohegan Sun Event

The inaugural Barrett-Jackson Mohegan Sun auction is expected to be a big hit with enthusiasts on the East Coast.

The auction of this special Mustang is sure to add to its growing popularity.

“Shelby American is proud to be a part of the magic of building this prototype 2016 Shelby GT-H,” said Keith Belair, COO and CFO of Shelby American. “Our team not only provided many of the parts, but the time and labor to build this 50th Anniversary edition Shelby GT-H. It will be exciting to see this one-of-a-kind Shelby cross the block during Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Mohegan Sun auction in Connecticut to benefit the Foundation and the young people they support.”

“This auction will help the Carroll Shelby Foundation continue Carroll’s legacy,” said Jenni Shreeves, Executive Director, Carroll Shelby Foundation. “The money raised from this special Shelby will help provide medical assistance and educational opportunities for children, young people and those in need.”

Sources: The Carroll Shelby Foundation, Ford Motor Company, Hertz

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