The Shelby Dakota was a limited-production performance version of
the Dodge Dakota Sport pickup truck. Offered by Shelby for 1989
only, it was his first rear wheel drive vehicle in many years.
The Shelby Dakota started with a short-wheelbase, short-bed,
standard-cab pickup. The 3.9 L V6 was removed in favor of the
company's 5.2 L V8 with throttle-body injection. On paper, the swap
looked simple since both engines were similar, but the tight space
in the Dakota's engine compartment meant removing the engine-driven
fan in front and using electric ones instead.
Special wheels and trim, as well as individually numbered dash
plaques proclaimed the car's heritage. At the time, it was the
highest-performing pickup truck in existence, except for the Dodge
Li'l Red Express Truck, and would set the stage for later factory
efforts like the GMC Syclone and Ford Lightning. Total Production:
1500. 505 in white and 995 in red. 1 was made in two-tone with red
below the stripe and white above the stripe.
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1989 Dodge Dakota
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