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Pick of the Day: An affordable Shelby

1986 Shelby Dodge Charger has Carroll’s handiwork but won’t do much harm to your bank account

The name Shelby is one of the most powerful in the collector car hobby and the cars wearing the Shelby badge, from Cobras to Mustangs, tend to be among the most desirable and, sadly for most of us, among the most expensive as well.

There is a sort of back door into the Shelby mystique that offers exciting and rare cars that are available for a fraction of the price. Those cars are the Shelby Dodges.

The whole Shelby/Dodge partnership happened after Lee Iacocca’s move from Ford to Chrysler in 1978. Iacocca knew Shelby from the Ford days and engaged him to elevate the performance image of some Chrysler cars.

The first models were the fast but ugly Omni GLH and GLHS, but were soon followed by my favorite of the Shelby Dodges and our Pick of the Day, a 1986 Shelby Dodge Charger.

This Charger is an all-original example represented by a dealer in Lithia Springs, Georgia. Finished in its original Santa Fe Blue with a Radiant Silver paint stripe, as well as its original Blue and Silver Shelby cloth seats, this car looks to be a spectacular survivor.  Both paint and interior look to be in amazing shape with no visible issues.

Under the hood, this Charger has its original 2.2-liter SOHC inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with multi-port injection. This engine in stock form developed 146 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque, which allowed the car to reach a top speed of 124 mph and cover the 0-to-60 sprint in 7.8 seconds, which was quite fast for the time.

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The seller goes on to state that this Shelby Charger has been fully serviced, receiving new driver’s side CV joints, and also comes with its service history.

The pictures of the underside of the car show a car that has been impeccably cared for with no evidence of any rust. With only 47,000 original miles, this car is a true time capsule.

So, if you have always longed to own a true piece of Shelby history but have always lacked the required funds, this Shelby Dodge Charger with an asking price of $14,995 might be just the ticket to that exclusive Shelby owners club. 

In addition, this is a perfect car for the classiccars.com Future Collectors Car Show. If you were to show it at the FCCS, I can practically guarantee that it would be a crowd favorite.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

6 COMMENTS

  1. These were quick for their day but in terms of build quality they were junk. The 2.2 turbo motor had a rather voracious appetite for head gaskets if I remember correctly.
    I had a 1986 Chrysler LeBaron GTS with the 2.2 Turbo and automatic. Worst pos car I ever laid eyes on. I swear that car was possessed! 👹☠️

  2. I’m sorry, God bless Carrol Shelby but this car is a “bone”. By ‘86 most American Performance cars were bloated, ugly and other than their name tags, just an empty shell of the original designs.
    After growing up around the awesome cars of the mid sixties and early seventies, I remember being nothing but disappointed year after year, at the new, boring, plastic, dogs that Detroit was spitting out. I guess I’m a hopeless torque junkie! 😆👍

    • I think the only bright spots were the Mustang “5” liter HOs and the Buick Grand National Regals in those days. I think the Camaros and the Trans Ams were starting to get better but not there yet. Bad times for cars.

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