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For Sale: 1986 Dodge Shelby in Charlotte, North Carolina


Vehicle Description

The early 1980s could quite possibly be considered the dawn of compact performance. The good ole days of fire-breathing muscle cars were long gone, but enthusiasts still thrived. And a new generation of gearheads latched onto small, easy to own hatchbacks like this exclusive Shelby GLHS. Number 477 of only 500 Omnis upfitted to "Goes Like Hell S'more" form by Shelby American, this impressive classic was a rare car even when new, and it certainly makes no qualms about catering directly to enthusiasts. Because of that, most of these featherweights were whipped to an early grave by three or four different owners. And, as any '80s car fan will tell you, finding a GLHS that's in good condition has become beyond difficult. Well, until now... This fully documented, 3-owner survivor is an exceptional example of just that!


By 1986, Dodge's honest Omni had become an established player in America's re-invigorated compact car market. Eccentric gearheads knew if you wanted to look cool, you bought a GLH. If you wanted to look cool and go fast, you bought a GLHT. And if you wanted to look cool, go fast and slay some serious sports car titans, you bought a GLHS. Averaging just over 419 miles per year, this pint-size MoPar appears to have rarely seen anything other than sunshine and warm summer days. In fact, the first 18 miles of its life was under the meticulous care of its original owner who, after purchasing this Shelby from Canoga Park, California's Dependable Dodge, would keep it for roughly eight years. The second owner was quick to make a deal after spotting the car in Autotrader, and promptly relocated it to a garage in Moorpark, California. Fast forward thirteen years and this Dodge's third owners found their new muse on Autotrader online, sporting roughly 8,800 miles. And in mid-2019, this highly original head turner found its way here to RK Motors Charlotte wearing a still paltry 13,839 miles.

With low window sills, 2.5-box proportions and 100% original paint, this Shelby is a model of '80s cool. At the front of the car, an aggressive air dam frames bright Bosch Pilot fog lamps beneath a monochromatic bumper and a body-matched, Pentastar-branded grille. At the top of that grille, a vented hood reflects "DODGE" and "GLHS" decals opposite Shelby-branded glass that's framed in Satin Black trim. At the base of that glass, a planar, GLHS-branded profile hangs black door handles and matte trim spears between stylish mirrors and aggressive, Shelby-branded rockers. And at the back of that profile, a second monochromatic bumper frames clean taillights, a full array of hatch decals and a small Center High Mount Stop Lamp.


Naturally, in their seemingly never ending effort to improve the Omni, Shelby did not overlook the car's mechanicals. Using many of the components that would eventually form the basis of Chrysler's forthcoming Turbo II powerplant, the firm created what would predictably be known as the Turbo I. Massaging Chrysler's stalwart 2.2 liter began with quite a bit of top-end work. A Turbo II air box was bolted in front of a larger, Turbo II throttle body and a modified intake that was designed to complement the car's larger turbocharger. A spliced and reconfigured wiring harness linked a GLHS-spec sloped boost curve logic module with Turbo II fuel rails and Turbo II fuel injectors. And tuned exhaust manifolds joined a better radiator, a better intercooler and better fan assemblies to manage power-robbing heat. Consequently, the Shelby powerplant created 175 horsepower and 175 lb./ft. of torque on its way to a 6.5 second 0-60 time and a top speed of 135 MPH. Put into perspective, that meant the GLHS was a very formidable car. Prized for both its ability to dominate track competition and outrun many of the day's best performance icons, this Dodge bested cars like the Camaro, the Trans Am, Ford's Mustang and even many Corvettes.


The GLHS came standard with an A525 5-speed that feeds the front wheels. Holding that tossable drivetrain off the ground is a Shelby-massaged suspension that makes excellent use of adjustable Koni shocks. Those shocks are led by lucid power steering. Stops come courtesy of power front disc and rear drum brakes. At the center of that chassis, an original single-pipe exhaust system snakes spent gases through a Chrysler-branded muffler. At the corners of that chassis, machined wheels spin 205/50ZR15 Michelin Pilot Exaltos. And, fully sorted and factory-spec, this hatch is a clean, first class survivor that's ready to hit the road as soon as it rolls out of our showroom!

1980S COZY

Between the doors, a sedate tri-tone cockpit shows hardly any signs of wear. Cloth-lined seats keep passengers as comfortable for quick blasts of speed as they do during long road trips. Front and center, a pliable dash founds factory air conditioning beneath factory telemetry that's complete with a correct 135 MPH speedometer overlay. At the base of the dash, a boxy console frames a short shifter that's finished with a leather-wrapped Momo knob. A modern Kenwood head unit bumps crisp Polk Audio speakers. The driver twists a leather-wrapped Izumi steering wheel. And naturally, there's a prominent Shelby plaque that lists this GLHS's sequential production number.

Whenever we post unique, low-mileage survivors, they sell almost immediately. A whole generation of buyers grew up with these endearing hatchbacks. And since they're becoming increasingly scarce, the good ones get snapped up as quickly as they hit the market. If you're an enthusiast who likes to put their hardware on the road, few classics deliver this blend of exclusivity and practicality. And with only 13,839 original miles, this is one MoPar that'll have you smiling every time you slide behind its wheel!


Fully documented, 3-owner Dodge Shelby GLHS survivor that's traveled only 13,839 miles

Number 477 of only 500 produced

2.2 liter Turbo I 4-cylinder

A525 5-speed manual transaxle

Factory air conditioning

Power steering

Power front disc and rear drum brakes

Shelby-tuned suspension

Modern audio system

Original Window Sticker

Bill of Sale and Odometer Disclosure Statement from original owner

Autotrader ads from 1994 and 2007 (when the car transitioned to owners two and three)

Service records

All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection

We can arrange shipment of your purchase anywhere in the world

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1245926
  • Price:$31,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1986
  • Make:Dodge
  • Model:Shelby
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:13829
  • Stock Number:136528
  • VIN:1B3BZ18E5GD267272