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Pick of the Day: 1987 Dodge Daytona Shelby Turbo Z

Custom paint and a turbo-charged 174 bhp engine


Mopar lovers in the 1980s didn’t have a lot of options if they wanted to go fast. The bygone era of rear-wheel drive V8 muscle cars was long gone for Dodge, and Chrysler didn’t release a proper sports car until the Viper in 1991. Dodge didn’t produce a car in the same vein as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, or Pontiac Firebird during the Reagan administration, as such Mopar consumers needed to go a different route for a performance vehicle.

The Pick of the Day is a custom 1987 Dodge Daytona Shelby Turbo Z available for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Click the link to view the listing)

Dodge marketed the Daytona as a front-wheel drive alternative to such rear-wheel drive stalwarts as the Camaro, Mustang and Firebird, touting its turbocharged four-cylinder as a better alternative to their larger V-8 motors while delivering more miles per gallon yet providing almost as much power in a lighter package,” the listing states.

Under the hood is a turbo charged and intercooled 2.2-liter 4-cyliner engine with multiport fuel injection that produced a factory-rated 174 bhp and 200 foot-pounds of torque when new. Not blistering fast by today’s standards with 0-60 mph jaunt in the 7.5-second range. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission (code A555) with Getrag gears.

“This example is one of 7,152 Daytona Turbo Z models made in 1987 and was built on May 7, 1987 at Chrysler’s Fenton, Missouri assembly plant, which was located a couple of miles from the showroom,” the listing states on ClassicCars.com. “This is a one family owned car with 96,584 original miles and is sold on actual mileage Missouri title.”

The exterior is finished with custom purple metallic paint highlighted by chrome illusion front-end flames. It rides on American Racing three-spoke black and silver wheels with 225/50R15 tires.

This Daytona has a gray interior with low-back front and rear bucket seats. It features an aftermarket steering wheel and rearview mirror. Amenities include the factory AM/FM/Cassette stereo, air conditioning, power steering, power steering, and power brakes.

It’s not an American muscle car, but more of a hot hatchback with low original miles, and if one is inclined the asking price is $8,900.

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

David P. Castro
David P. Castro is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. The Santa Rosa, California native resides in Phoenix with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. Admittedly, I don’t care for the custom paint but other than that, this car was as good as anything that was on the
    market in 1987, better than most for the price.

  2. I worked for Dodge from 1986 till 2006. The 2.2 turbo was great when it ran but I paid for 1/4 of my house changing head gaskets and turbos.


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