Barn Finds Unearths Insanely-rare Shelby GT350H

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1966 Shelby GT350H

As if finding a 1960s Mustang isn’t cool enough, this amazing score is one of 100 manual cars.

Everybody has their own idea of what constitutes the ultimate barn find. Maybe it’s a Boss 429, or an old school drag racer that somebody stored away for decades with barely any miles. But we’re guessing that a lot of you were thinking about the iconic, original Shelby GT350H “Rent-A-Racers” from the ’60s. Amazingly, somebody just found one sitting in some old lady’s garage. And they were kind enough to share their once-in-a-lifetime score with Barn Finds.

One of the readers of the site, Shawn, stumbled upon this incredible 1966 Shelby GT350H, which has reportedly been parked for at least 30 years. And this isn’t your typical barn find for a number of reasons. For starters, Ford and Shelby only built 1,001 of these special cars for Hertz Sports Car Club members. It was truly a unique and now-famous program that’s since been replicated. And many consider the iconic black/gold performance machines to be the nicest looking models ever built.

1966 Shelby GT350H

Other than that, we don’t have a ton of information on this rare score. There doesn’t appear to be much history available on the Shelby GT350H, nor do we know why it was parked in the first place. It does look like the car was wrecked or damaged at some point. Which isn’t really a surprise given the car’s very nature. There have been some repairs completed, which is obvious given the mismatched body panels. But at some point, the previous owner seems to have given up.

1966 Shelby GT350H

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this particular Shelby GT350H, however, is the fact that it packs a four-speed manual transmission. Only the first 100 built in 1966 carried this option, as drivers were complaining about burning out clutches at the track. Ford switched things up mid-cycle and went with automatics thereafter. As if this amazing find needed anything else to make it truly special!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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