Rob Kinnan
Rob Kinnan Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
May 3, 2019
Contributers: Rob Kinnan, Shelby American, Inc. Photos By: Shelby American, Inc.

Every Mustang enthusiast is well aware of the legendary Shelby G.T. 350H Mustangs that were available for rent from Hertz back in 1966. Those cars were resplendent in their black-with-gold paints schemes (not all but most of them) and as legend tells it, many of them came back to the rental lot with remnants of a hastily installed roll bar and, maybe, a different engine. Those days are back, and this time with a vengeance.

Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), has been commissioned to build a group of exclusive supercharged 2019 Shelby GTs for SIXT Rent A Car. Based on the Mustang fastback, the 600-plus horsepower Shelby GT-S is the first supercharged (via a TVS 2650 blower)
V-8 powered Shelby rental car offered by a national chain in history. Clad in the company's iconic orange and black, the first 20 cars will be available for rent at select Southern California, Southern Florida, and Las Vegas locations.

Shelby president Gary Patterson said, "Shelby American has earned a reputation for building the most exciting rental cars for over 50 years. Our team is honored to make history with SIXT by offering the first supercharged V-8 Ford Mustang available at multiple rental car locations across the US. The hot new SIXT edition 2019 Ford Shelby GT-S Mustang will make any trip an amazing and memorable adventure."

If you haven't heard of it, SIXT is a multinational car rental company with about 2,200 locations in over 105 countries. The company has been expanding across the USA since 2011 and is currently the country's fourth-largest car rental company. SIXT has 55 locations including 20 top airports in the United States.

"Our customers are itching to get behind the wheel of the first SIXT customized Shelby," said Sebastian Birkel, CEO, SIXT USA. "We're always looking to grow our fleet with premium cars that bring passion and excitement to the drive. We can't think of car that better fits that idea than Ford's brand new fully loaded Shelby. This will be the first ever supercharged Shelby available to rent and we are thrilled to have it at SIXT"

The Shelby GT-S sports cars will be built by Shelby American at its Las Vegas facility for rental in the summer of 2019. Each rental fastback will be powered by a supercharged 5.0L V-8 and 10-speed automatic transmission. Shelby tailored the suspension to maximize the car's capabilities without sacrificing ride quality. The Brembo brakes have impressive stopping power to match the Shelby's amazing power. The exterior features proprietary bodywork, SIXT badges and stylish wheels, while Shelby touches can be found throughout the interior. Many of the components were developed specifically for SIXT's Shelby GT-S program.

Every Shelby GT-S will receive a Shelby serial number and be included in the official Shelby Registry. Once the cars are retired from rental duty, they will be available for purchase and the new owners can return their Shelby GT-S to the factory for further enhancements. Individuals interested in renting or buying a Shelby GT-S Mustang please visit www.SIXT.com.