Sixt is the latest rental car company to offer a Shelby Mustang to their lucky customers.
Shelby Mustangs and the rental car industry may seem like strange bedfellows, but they have a history together that goes back over half a century. Back in late 1965, Hertz ordered up 1,000 1966 Shelby GT350H Mustangs with special paint and trim to rent to customers.
The tall tales of customers renting the cars, racing them on the weekend, and returning them with remnants of roll cages and racing numbers are legendary in Mustang circles. That did little to discourage Hertz from resurrecting the program in 2006 and 2016.
The latest rental car company to offer a high-performance Shelby Mustang is Sixt. Sixt will be offering customers the opportunity to rent the supercharged Shelby GT-S, painted in Sixt's trademark color scheme of orange and black.
All of the Shelby GT-S Mustangs start as 5.0 liter GT models backed by the 10-speed automatic transmission. With the addition of the supercharger and other Shelby modifications, the GT-S is rated at over 600 horsepower. That's not exactly your average Mustang rental car.
Gallery: 2019 Shelby GT-S Mustang Sixt
The program will begin rolling out to Sixt customers renting cars in Southern California, Southern Florida, and Las Vegas locations, which is where the first 20 cars will reside. The program will soon spread further to other Sixt locations.
After the Sixt Shelby GT-S Mustangs are completed their service with Sixt, they will be sold to the public. Sixt advises in their press release that Shelby would be all too happy to perform additional modifications for their new owners.
Much like the original Shelby Mustang rental car, which wore special "G.T.350H" badging and "Hertz Sports Car Club" wheel center caps, the Shelby GT-S Mustangs feature special Sixt badging. Like the '66 GT350H, we expect these cars to become future classics – especially considering that they are the most powerful Shelby Mustangs ever offered by a rental car company.
LOS ANGELES – May 2, 2019 – 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 GT’s for SIXT Rent A Car. Based on the world-class Ford Mustang fastback, the 600+ horsepower “Shelby GT-S” announced today in Southern California is the first supercharged V8 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 American has earned a reputation for building the most exciting rental cars for over fifty years,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American president. “Our team is honored to make history with SIXT by offering the first supercharged V8 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.”
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. Most recently, the mobility service provider was honored with the World Travel Awards as the USA’s leading car rental company and the Trazee Award as the most popular car rental company among the Millennials target group.
"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 V8 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.
“The SIXT edition Shelby GT-S combines terrific handling with astonishing power, excellent braking, a muscular exhaust note and striking good looks,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Head of Development. “We worked closely with SIXT to design a car that makes a bold statement when you see it and then delivers when behind the wheel. SIXT is giving the public a very rare opportunity to enjoy one of the best sports cars in the world at some of the most exciting destinations in the US. This is the rental car experience that people could only dream about before the Shelby GT-S.”
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.
The Shelby American facility is at 6405 Ensworth Street in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.shelby.com.
About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car, Daytona Coupe and Shelby Series 2 component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, Super Snake, and GT post-title packages for the 2005-2019 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also offers the Shelby Raptor, Shelby F-150 Super Snake and Shelby F-150 trucks. Heritage cars include the continuation 1965 Shelby GT350 competition model, 1967 Ford Shelby Super Snake and 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR. For more information, visit www.Shelby.com.
Headquartered in Pullach, near Munich, Germany, SIXT SE is a leading international provider of high-quality mobility services. With its products SIXT rent, SIXT share and SIXT ride, the company offers a unique, integrated range of global mobility services in the areas of car rental, car sharing and ride services. These products can be booked via a single app that also integrates the services of mobility partners. SIXT is present in approximately 110 countries worldwide. The company’s strengths lie in its consistent customer focus, its culture of innovation with strong technological expertise, its high share of premium cars in the fleet and an attractive price-performance ratio. The SIXT Group generated revenues of EUR 2.6 billion in 2017 and is one of the most profitable mobility service providers worldwide. SIXT SE, the Group’s parent company, has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 1986 (WKN common shares: 723132, WKN preferred shares: 723133). https://about.sixt.de
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SIXT Edition Shelby GT-S Feature List
600+ horsepower Shelby Supercharger (program specific)
Shelby GT deep draw hood with vents
Shelby GT front fascia assembly
Front brake and hub bearing cooling ducts
Shelby spec 20inch wheels, staggered
Shelby X-COMP tires
Ford Performance springs
Ford Performance sway bars
Shelby by Borla cat-back exhaust
“SHELBY” by Brembo front brake system (program specific)
“SHELBY” upper grille
Shelby rocker panels
Shelby rocker wings
“SHELBY” Tail light panel
Le Mans style striping
“SHELBY GT-S” driver and passenger side stripes (program specific)
Shelby GT Emblems and badging
“SIXT SUPERCHARGED” side badging (program specific)
Shelby leather interior (program specific)
“SHELBY” lighted door sill plates
“SHELBY” engine caps
CSM numbered dash plaque and engine plate (program specific)
Shelby tech signature manufacturing plate
“SHELBY” Embroidered floor mats