I definitely don't consider the 2019 GT-H a failure but I don't see it is as a resounding success. Here's where this all stems from for me:
When the 2016 GT-H's first hit the market through Hertz, they were asking how much? $150,000! For a used rental car with Shelby Heritage..... ridiculous. Hertz was looking to "establish market pricing" or as I call it "fishing for a sucker". I had rented two of the 16 cars (in Chicago for the SAAC 50th anniversary held at Mid Ohio for the 66 GT350H and again in Vegas) and I wanted to buy one but I was totally insulted by this ridiculous "introductory" $150,000 pricing that Hertz "offered" to us. Talk about alienating your loyal enthusiast.
Then, in a chance encounter, I met a Hertz executive at the SAI museum just off the I15. This was one of my 30 or 40 visits to SAI's museum facilities at the old North Las Vegas facility along with the new facility off the I15. When I met this Hertz executive and his wife, they were picking up his executive built 2016 GT-H 6spd stick/supercharged car. One of the 18 that were produced for 2016. It was awesome and we talked for over an hour about his new 2016 GT-H, his 2007 5spd super charged GT-H and his 2006 auto GT-H. We were obviously both Shelby nuts. You know what he showed me? He showed me his cost of his brand new 2016 GT-H 6sp super charged car. This was only 3 years ago. The car that was being sold on the secondary market for $150,000 cost him what?.......... $67,000!! Supply and demand, I get it.
So after two years of trying to buy a 16 GT-H executive car and a 16 rental car at a "fair" market price now we have the 19 GT-H which has no linage with the Hertz rental cars for $90,000 +/-. Feels like another cash grab and a slap in the face to the loyal enthusiasts.
I know......boo hoo...... first world problems. It is indeed a first world problem but it is still a problem😉. Remember, I own an executive 2007 GT-H 5spd car which I freakin drove 36 hours to bring it home to Alberta, Canada from Oklahoma City. I own a 68 GT500 which came from South Carolina. I still own both cars and I still make it to the Vegas SAI museum several times a year along with attending the yearly SAAC conventions. I......am.......certifiable..........Shelby........but........
I'm not sure anyone really cares but I am not sure Shelby cars are even reasonably or realistically priced. Is it because the economy is ripping? Probably. Don't worry, I'm not buying a Dodge Demon, I bleed Ford blue and that is why a FGT is my latest endeavor and not a Dodge or a Corvette or a Ferrari or a Porsche......... I bought a Ford and I am damn proud of it! I'm not trying to slam Shelby, I love Shelby, I'm just trying to........... vent........ I suppose. It's not about the money, it's about perceived value.