In 1984, Dodge was faced with a problem: import cars, including its own captive imports from Mitsubishi, were making serious inroads to the North American market. Like Ford and GM, their first response was to build smaller cars. Starting in the 70’s. Chrysler responded by downsizing its domestic vehicles, and later, simply stopping production on certain vehicles. However, import market share continued to increase, and in 1979, the L-body Dodge Omni 024, later the Charger, made its debut.
Chrysler and Carroll Shelby got together in 1983 to modify the Charger further and improve its performance image. The biggest difference between Shelby Chargers and the standard Charger was the handling and appearance; Shelby focused on things like springs, quicker steering, and yes, the ubiquitous sticker & stripe package that accompanied the premium price. Shelby was getting smart, and understood that people were buying his cars for the name more than any stated or implied sporting pretention.
All that brings us to today’s Fastback Friday entry. One of just 7,552 models sold in 1984, is this Shelby Charger unique enough to be desirable, or just rare enough to be a sad reminder of Malaise?
Shelby Charger Turbo 4cyl 5sp – $1995 (Snohomish) 1984 Dodge Charger Shelby Turbo Charged 4cyl 5sp 2dr Fastback. no keys, Great restoration car. view it in person at Whiteside Truck Parts. 17728 SR 9 SE. Snohomish, WA 98296. call 425-471-4301 ask for Gene Thanks Only 1995.00 for this rare auto.
The seller, a local towing yard in the bustling metropolis of Snohomish, doesn’t give us many details, but we can guess that this Charger is fairly uncommon, especially with its 5-speed transmission. As a driving car, it’s going to need some work: not only are the keys missing, but I think I see the armrests in the trunk, which tells me the interior is probably not the prettiest place to sit right now.
Still, for $2,000 and a new ignition lock, you could be well on your way to owning an unusual piece of automotive history. Is it desirable? You be the judge. Let us know in the comments.