2.2 liter Shelby-tuned 4-cylinder
A525 5-speed manual transaxle
Special Sports Suspension
Power rack-and-pinion steering
Power front disc and rear drum brakes
15-inch 'pizza' wheels
Sante Fe Blue and Radiant Silver paint
The early '80s 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 all-original Shelby Charger. The L-Body Charger, American style with a touch of international power, was a pretty rare car; and it made no qualms about catering directly to enthusiasts. Because of that, most of these global featherweights were whipped to an early grave by three or four different owners. And, as any '80s car fan will tell you, finding a Shelby Charger that's in good condition is becoming extremely difficult. Well, until now... This 7,970 actual mile coupe is an exceptional example of just that. This Dodge is an impressive time capsule that'll transport you right back to the days when performance was more than just horsepower!
By 1983, this Belvedere-built coupe had become an established player in America's re-invigorated compact car market. Eccentric gearheads knew if you wanted to look cool, you bought an L-Body. And if you wanted to look cool and go fast, you bought a Shelby L-Body. Averaging just over 240 miles per year, this pint-size MoPar appears to have rarely seen anything other than sunshine and warm summer days. In fact, the first 7,900 miles of its life was under the meticulous care of its original owner in their first 3 years of ownership. In 1986, the Shelby Charger was stowed away in a barn for long-term storage. 2005 is when this Mopar would see sunlight again when the original owner decided to put it up for sale. The second owner was quick to make a deal after spotting it online and towed the car home where he got it back to the mechanical condition it was in 19 years prior. And with the help of some NOS parts sourcing by the second owner, this spry sports coupe is still a true head turner everywhere it goes!
With its low window sills, a 2.5-box proportions, and still wrapped in 100% original paint this Shelby is a model of early '80s cool. At the front of the car, an aggressive, Shelby-designed air dam centers a black pentastar and clean "DODGE" script between clear parking lamps and bright halogen headlights. At the top of that dam, a sloped hood leads the eye to tinted and "SHELBY" branded glass that's flanked by small mirrors and aerodynamic C-pillar trim. At the base of that glass, a planar profile hangs black door handles and a body-matched fuel filler above straight Shelby stripes and pentastar-branded rocker extensions. And at the back of that profile, a dramatic Shelby spoiler frames clean tail lights, a full array of decklid emblems and an original dealer decal.
In their effort to improve the Charger, Shelby and Chrysler did not overlook the car's mechanicals. They tweaked the engine, milling the block 0.030 inches to raise compression to 9.6 to 1. They changed the camshaft timing by advancing the cam a few degrees. They also made modifications to the 2.2 liter's electronic controls to extract optimum performance. Consequently, the Shelby powerplant develops 13 more horsepower and 10 more lb./ft. of torque than the standard Omni mill. These enhancements, plus a lower final drive ratio, make the car a tick quicker than the standard Charger and its early '80s competition. Specifically, the Shelby has a 0 to 60 time of 10 seconds flat and a 117MPH top speed. The engine compartment in this L-Body is mostly original and in great condition. And, decked in black and blue, it's as serious looking as the rest of the car, with just a hint of color here and there to add both texture and contrast.
Shelby Chargers came standard with an A525 5-speed that feeds the front wheels. Holding that tossable drivetrain off the ground is an original Special Sports Suspension that utilizes shorter springs, stiffer shocks and correct power front disc and rear drum brakes to both lower the car and improve already responsive handling. At the center of that chassis, an original single-pipe exhaust system snakes spent gases through a factory-correct muffler. At the corners of that chassis, original 'pizza' wheels spin original 195/50R15 Goodyear Eagle GTs around locking lug nuts. And, still dressed in most of its blue overspray, this Charger is a clean, fully sorted survivor that's ready to hit the road as soon as it rolls out of our showroom!
This coupe's tri-tone cockpit, which nicely complements its 2-tone exterior, shows hardly any signs of wear. The reclining seats keep you as comfortable for quick blasts of speed as they do during long road trips. In front of the driver, a pliable dash, which shows zero defects, is packed full of gauges that work exactly as they should. At the center of that dash, you'll find a correct AM/FM stereo and to the right of the dash is a 'Carol Shelby' signature that is complete with a Certificate of Authenticity. Between the aforementioned seats, crack-free consoles prop a black shifter on gray carpet that's protected by carpeted and color-keyed floor mats. At the sides of that carpet, factory door panels, which are typically faded and ballooned from heat, look good-as-new. And when you open the car's hatch, you'll find a clean cargo area that's showroom fresh in virtually every way.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION
Original order form
Original window sticker and additional cost sticker
Original warranty booklet and extended warranty document
Original owners manual and related booklets
Registrations from 1983-1985
Original VT license plates
Photos of car in the shed where it was stored for 19 years
Certificate of Authenticity for Carroll Shelby's autograph on glove box
Two boxes of original tape stripes
Whenever we post unique, low mileage survivors, they sell almost immediately. A whole generation of buyers grew up with these endearing coupes. 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 7,970 original miles, this is one MoPar that'll have you smiling every time you slide behind its wheel!