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1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« on: March 23, 2020, 09:57:22 PM »
Wondering what all might be out there -

Certainly not as much as in 1966.

This is a scan of a small counter top brochure that I have. I've posted it in the past and my scan has shown up all over the place, including books and magazine articles.

Notice the 10 spokes on the Shelby.

Anybody have any other vintage Shelby/Hertz stuff from 1968?

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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2020, 10:09:43 PM »
Here is an ad that ran on the back cover of the Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race program.

It is dated June 7-8, 1969, which seems kind of late for them to be running an ad the features a 1968 Shelby.

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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2020, 10:11:10 PM »
Here is a detail of just the Shelby.

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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2020, 08:45:49 AM »
It looks like a tilt-away steering wheel. Did all the Hertz Shelbys have them?

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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2020, 09:36:39 AM »
It looks like a tilt-away steering wheel. Did all the Hertz Shelbys have them?

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The "tilt-pop" was part of the package the '68 Hertz cars were normally equipped with.

I'm not sure if even at this point it can be said with 100% certainty that "they all" had it but the thought is that yes, they are supposed to have it.

The reason that I say that is even Kevin Marti has noticed that Ford official records are not always 100% accurate.

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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2020, 09:43:49 AM »
I believe all Hertz cars were built after “tilt” became a “mandatory” option. The exception being the Hertz convertible prototype
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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2020, 04:31:12 PM »
Here is a small announcement that appeared in Sports Car Graphic magazine.

Guess they didn't know where to put the front license plate.

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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2020, 04:44:48 PM »
Here is a small announcement that appeared in Sports Car Graphic magazine.

Guess they didn't know where to put the front license plate.

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Maybe so or maybe depicted in a state that didn't require front plates yet.
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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2020, 05:20:12 PM »
Questionable front plate placement, even if it is just for a photo.

In the real world, it would do wonders to increase the "Damn it's overheating again" and the "What the hell is that flapping noise" conversations.
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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2020, 08:13:25 PM »
Real olden days: Front license plate bracket came in the trunk. A. Didn't want to drill holes in the car. B. Front plate wasn't "cool" but a legal necessity in some states. This placement easy on and off in the real world. :)
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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2020, 08:26:49 PM »
That’s a New Jersey manufacturer’s plate probably from the Ford New York district office in Teterboro, NJ. Unfortunately the state still requires a front plate and not having one has always been an easy target for a ticket.
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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2020, 09:26:04 PM »
Not from 1968, but close! Playing cards still in the original cellophane wrapper. They're from 1969.
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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2020, 09:22:12 AM »
^^^ those are cool Marty!

I have not seen those - wish they had the Cougar Eliminator on them.

The Eliminators were included in the Hertz Sports Car Club for '69. They were all automatics with a power sun roof.

Only vintage Cougar with a sunroof and no vinyl top. Guess ASC had to be extra careful with those installations, as they couldn't hide any sloppy work with a vinyl top.

Here are some regular (not Hertz Sports Car Club) Hertz playing cards I have that date from 1968. I have some for sale if anyone is interested.

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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2020, 05:14:43 PM »
Here is a rate card.

Interesting to see what was charged for which car.

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Re: 1968 Hertz Sports Car Club Stuff
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2020, 01:24:28 PM »
Ok, this just about blows my wad so far as '68 Hertz/Shelby/Cougar stuff goes.

As I've said, I'm hoping there might be more out there - so please share if you have some.

Below are copies of vintage paperwork where Hertz first expressed an interest in having a high end Shelby-like Cougar to add to it's Sports Car Cub rental program.

You'll notice the mention of Shelby American and the XR-7S Cougar.

Some of you will be familiar with that show car - it has been speculated that the "S" stood for Shelby. Henry Ford II had and XR-7S built for himself that still exists and made an appearance at a SAAC convention in the '80s.

For some reason, the XR-7S was more-or-less split off into two production Cougars; the GT-E (427 and then 428 CJ powered and built in-house) and the XR7-G (assigned to Shelby Automotive and put together at A.O. Smith).

Hope everyone is doing well!!

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