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Hagerty
Hagerty Employee

Rent Hertz' 900-hp GT500, Harley's $15K electric bike, Monkeemobile for sale

Intake: Starting this summer, Hertz and Shelby American are kicking off a three-year partnership program by offering custom-built GT500 models with more than 900 supercharged hp alongside naturally aspirated Shelby GT-H models. (That's a 140-hp upgrade from stock, for those counting.)
https://www.hagerty.com/media/news/the-manifold/2022-05-11/
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Tinkerah
Engineer

Monkeemobile = grooviest car EVER. The only misstep is it's a dummy supercharger but I could fix that.
RokemRonnie
Instructor

Apparently, the first Monkeemobile built for the show originally had a functioning supercharger, which was disabled when the car proved to be dangerously fast.
Tinkerah
Engineer

Wow I never knew that! I can think of a handful of better ways to tune out power without losing the blower though.

Snailish
Gearhead

My dad used to make us watch reruns of the Monkees.

I liked the show and as a kid thought the car was a wild looking thing.

As an adult I can't defend the looks of it except "It's a TV car".
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

The Hertz-Shelby GT500 seems to be a silly effort, but I'm ok with it. Considering the regular GT500 can barely put the 760hp to the ground I would not expect this one to be any faster.

The Monkeemobile has some oddball side exhausts. I agree I wish the supercharger was real.
RedRyder_SFZ
Detailer

A 900 HP rental car….now there’s a recipe for disaster. Cool stuff though. If I were there and could afford it, count me in.

A German Scout…..I want an article about this vehicle. I’m a Scout guy and I’m wondering about this one.

As for the monkee mobile, not sure the younger crowd has any idea who they are. This vehicles value has probably seen it’s best day. Think Pierre Laval….
Snailish
Gearhead

Does VW own the International Scout history and rights now or just jumped on a name trademark that expired (or someone sold them)?

Stellantis for example, would own a lot of names/history if all the rights from prior incarnations/mergers still carry forward. We've seen Willys on Jeeps for example... no Kaisers that I recall though.
Ken68
Intermediate Driver

No mention of the projected rental fee's for the Hertz Shelby GT 500. Wonder if they'll incorporate a 'rev limiter' and some other devise to monitor the driving behaviors of those with the deep pockets whom opt to rent such a high powered vehicle? No doubt this limited fleet will command collector interest when disposed of.
SJ
Technician

Figures no Shelby Rentals near me!
SJ
Technician

That engine in the Monkeemobile looks so damn fake.