Junkyard Gem: 1989 Dodge Daytona Shelby
In addition to leadingChrysler
back to profitability after thefederal bailout of 1979
(by betting heavily, and successfully, on the newK Platform
also managed to sign up Carroll Shelby to help designa bunch of factory-hot-rod Chryslers
. Starting in the 1983 model year, a series of cars based on the K family and the Chrysler Europe-derivedOmnirizon
platform got the Shelby treatment. Here's a well-preserved example of one of the later ShelbyDaytona
s, spotted in a Phoenix self-service wrecking yard last month.
These cars were quick, by the standards of their time, with 174 horsepower from theTurbo II 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine
, in a car that weighed just 2,951 pounds.
944 that year had 162 horsepower in a 2,637-pound car, but it sold for $36,360 versus the Shelby Daytona's $13,295 (in inflation-adjusted 2017 dollars, that's $73,417 and $26,845, respectively). Of course, the 944 had rear-wheel-drive, while the Daytona's engine drove the front wheels.
This one has hood decals indicating that the engine has theVariable Nozzle Technology
setup, which is interesting because the VNT-equippedTurbo
IV engine wasn't used in Shelby Daytonas until the 1990 model year. This car's VIN shows that it's a 1989 model for sure, so perhaps it got wrecked and had the hood replaced by one from a 1990 car. Any of you Shelby Chrysler experts, please let us know what you think might have happened here.
These cars scored pretty high on the Detroit Badass-O-Meter back in 1989, and here's a solid, rust-free Arizona one about to get crushed. Is nothing sacred?VIDEO
Even when it's standing still, it'll blow you away.VIDEO
Here's to you, America!
via Autoblog http://www.autoblog.com
May 16, 2017 at 04:15AM
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