Rare Rides: This Dodge Charger From 1987 Is Also a Shelby (and Intercooled, Too)
In the long and varied history of the Dodge Charger name,Â the model has had many different forms â€” often completely unrelated to one another. For a short while in the 1980s, Chrysler Corporation added a little Shelby badge to the Charger name.
Let’s check out some glossy L-body goodness.
The Charger had been on a hiatus since the 1978 model year, when the folks in charge at Dodge determined it was time for a new sporty two-door in the lineup. While the previous version was a semi-luxury rear-drive coupe which shared a body with the very brougham Chrysler Cordoba,Â times had changed. America had moved from rear-drive malaise to front-drive malaise. And Chrysler was short on funds.
In came a new Horizon, sort of.
For the 1983 through 1987 model years, the Charger was based on the compact L-body platform used by the Plymouth Horizon and Dodge Omni. Accompanying the regular Charger on dealer lots was the Shelby version, a sportier alternative. When Dodge announcedÂ the Charger was dropped for 1988, the Shelby Corporation purchased the last 1,000 Shelby Charger examples and created a special model.Â The result is the Rare Ride you see here â€” the Shelby GLHS.
The interior featured a numbered Shelby plaque and a sticker on the speedometer which extended the top indicated speed from 85 to 125 miles per hour. The needle could continue to navigate the dial and, on the second time around, 5 miles per hour would indicate 135.
Under the hood is the 2.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that powered so many Chrysler vehicles of the era. This version is known as the Turbo I, providing the front wheels with 146 raging horsepower (though the Shelby variant bumped power to 175 hp). The Shelby Charger GLHS is the fastest and rarest version of the only front-drive generation of the Charger.
This one was on offer recently via Craigslist (listing expired) for $4,500. An affordable collectible â€” but is it worth collecting?
[Images via seller]
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October 26, 2017 at 01:57PM
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