Limited Edition Shelby Beast: 1987 Dodge Charger/Shelby GLHS

1987 Dodge Charger Shelby GLHS

This featured 1987 Dodge Charger Shelby GLHS is a limited edition performance car built by Carroll Shelby. It is a low-mileage ride that is being listed for sale with an asking price of $6,995. It is neither a modified Ford Mustang nor AC Ace sports car with a V8 engine upgrade. It is one of the only front-wheel drive Shelby model that features a transverse 4-cylinder engine.

It is one out of a thousand Dodge Chargers that was bought by Carroll Shelby from Chrysler Motors and converted into a small but terrible hatchbacks at his shop in Whittier, California. The plan was to exploit the Shelby name which was proven to be successful by the previous conversion of 700 Dodge Omnis to Shelby GLH models.

1987 Shelby GLHS

The GLH stands for “Goes Like Hell” and the improved GLHS stands for “Goes Like Hell S’more”. And both the GLH and GLHS models never had a Dodge logo on them, instead, the Shelby name was engraved on the body, engine valve cover, and interior, which is common for every Shelby car.

This Shelby GLHS is an all original and well-preserved example that can be found in La Vergne, Tennessee and is currently being sold by a local dealer. It only has 30,570 miles on its odometer. Based on the pictures, this GLHS has very little wear and the glossy-black finish still looks great with the ‘80s style.

1987 Shelby GLHS interior

“We’re not asking a whole lot for a genuine Shelby car,” the dealer said. “And we suggest you dig deeper into this 1987 Shelby Charger because this is a rare coupe with a worthwhile pedigree and the right recent servicing to make it the best turnkey bang-for-your-buck you can find.”

Even though it looks like just a beefed-up Charger, the GLHS is not just for show and is fitted with serious performance goodies. It is powered by a turbocharged 2.2L engine that can easily produce 175 horsepower. The engine is matched to a 5-speed manual transmission which provides excellent acceleration for a small and lightweight car. The GLHS was officially recorded to run from 0 to 60 in just 6.5 seconds. At that time, the Charger was recorded to run the quarter mile strip in under 15 seconds.

1987 Dodge Charger Shelby GLHS exterior

Shelby also improved the handling by adding Koni adjustable shock absorbers and tuned the suspensions. The GLHS was loaded with accessories popular at that time such as AM/FM/cassette stereo, power brakes, power steering, sunroof, sports seats, and complete instruments. It also has an outdated built-in telephone which was a popular addition in the 80s. it no longer serves any purpose except for a funky conversation starter.

The $6,996 asking price is a bargain price for such a rare Shelby car which will certainly be a crowd magnet and a fun ride to have. The Shelby name is enough for some to go crazy over this car.

1987 Shelby GLHS engine

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