We're not asking a whole lot for a genuine Shelby car. And we suggest you dig deeper into this 1987 Shelby Charger, because this is a rare coupe with a worthwhile pedigree and the right recent servicing to make it the best turnkey bang-for-your-buck you can find.
The Omni-based Chargers were of a different breed than the muscle car legends we associate with this name. These hatchbacks have a lightweight construction that Carroll Shelby used to the fullest – just what he did with a little roadster from England. And just like how the AC Ace turned into the Cobra, when Shelby worked his magic on these cars, they got a far more aggressive appearance. The body kit, black wheels, aggressive power bulge hood, and chrome exhaust tips all transform this economy car into something much meaner. That's especially true when it's presented in the correct black paint with fully surrounding stripe package. Also, you might notice the Dodge name doesn't appear on these. That's because the 1987 cars are part of a special run. Unlike the other coupes in the series, these were part of a final line that were built at Shelby's factory and limited to around 1,000 examples. So we might call it a Dodge, but it's really a special Shelby Charger model with GLHS (Goes Like Hell S'more) upgrades.
Inside is an exceptionally well-preserved gray interior. The bucket seats, headliner, and door panels are all coordinating nicely with far less wear than the coupe's age would suggest. This makes for a great background to what the Shelby people really want to see – like the custom Shelby logo embroidered in every headrest and the individually numbered plaque on the dash. But this is also a classic for the road, and that's why you'll be happy to see features like the Chrysler AM/FM/cassette stereo, power steering, sunroof, and cold-blowing air conditioning. When you slip behind the original sports steering wheel, you get a full gauge panel that includes the large tach. And while the cell phone mounted on the center console is a fun novelty today, the stick shift next to it means much more serious business.
It is a really cool thing to be able to open up the hood and see a Shelby cover that properly belongs to this motor. It's even cooler with it is the correct numbers-matching original turbo powerhouse. The GLHS was a special edition that made the most out of the 2.2-liter fuel-injected motor. The turbocharged and intercooled powerplant was rated at 175 horsepower, which was quite good during the low-power era of the '80s. And more importantly, the lightweight package gives this coupe 0 to 60 times that rival some of the best Europeans of the day. Add in the five-speed manual transmission (with new clutch and shift rods,) front disc brakes, and a Shelby-tuned suspension, and this is some serious fun for very little cash.
Complete with owner's manual, this is an interesting and affordable classic with a genuine Shelby history. But for the same reasons why it's attractive to you also makes it irresistible to others, too. So should hurry if you want to take this one home. Call today!!!