Lot #653.1 - When the 2007 Ford Shelby GT-H coupes were retired from service, Ford Motor Company, Shelby American and The Hertz Corporation returned with a special run of 500 convertible versions of the 4.6L V8 car. The convertibles were upfitted with the same components as the coupes at the Shelby American facility in Las Vegas to enhance performance and style. Each convertible was clad in black exterior paint set off with gold "Le Mans" dual racing stripes and "Shelby GT-H" rocker stripes, a Hertz Edition emblem on the front fenders and Hertz Shelby GT-H sill plates. To give the car additional stiffness, a stylish light bar and supplemental bracing will also be added to the convertible. A numbered dash badge with Carroll Shelby's signature was mounted inside the cockpit. This Ford Shelby GT-H convertible was the concept and development car for the first Shelby Hertz convertible in history. Though the prototype for the 2007 GT-H convertible, it was the only one built using a 2006 model year car. This convertible was featured at the New York Auto Show and driven on the "Bull Run" by Car & Driver Radio host Alan Taylor with Shelby test driver Gary Patterson. It was a Shelby executive's car and driven to company events for the media, dealers and Hertz officials. "The Ford Shelby GT-H was so much fun to drive that people literally begged us for more," said Carroll Shelby. "The Mustang program never stands still, so we created a Ford Shelby GT-H convertible that gives people another unique driving experience. It's a genuine American pony car that delivers open air motoring."
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