• May 14, 2010
1987 Shelby Dodge Charger GLH-S – Click above for high-res image gallery

When Carroll Shelby, the legendary creator of the Cobra (as if you didn't know), started lending his name and company's tuning capabilities to the front-wheel drive Chrysler products in the 1980s, instant classics were made. Contemporary tests found that the Shelby Dodges were completely up to the task of keeping pace with the best American performance cars of the era, and the relative undesirability of the base cars meant that a rather small number of Shelby Omnis, Chargers and Shadows were sold.

This raises an interesting question: Now that a several decades have passed since Shelby was tuning Pentastars, are those cars now collectible? And if so, just how collectible are we talking? Today's eBay Find of the Day seeks to answer that very question. The example currently up for bid ticks all the right boxes and is therefore a perfect measuring stick. To wit, it has seen just 2,700 miles pass under its 2.2-liter turbocharged engine and it appears to be in pristine condition; it's the top-level GLH-S (meaning it Goes Like Hell, Some more) and it carries all kinds of documentation dating back to 1987, the year of its birth.

So, how much is it worth? We may soon find out. As is often pointed out, a car is worth exactly as much as someone is willing to pay for it. As of the time this was written, this Shelby Charger's bidding stood at $13,800 after 11 bids and the reserve was not yet met. Just under two days left, for what it's, ahem... worth.



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I had an Omni GLH. That car was scary - in a good sort of way. But these cars need another decade before they will truly be appreciated by anyone other than Mopar faithful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a GLH-T sitting in my backyard right now, not the 'real' shelby, but its Chryslers turbo 1 version GLH-S being a turbo 2.. love that little thing gonna have to restore it someday
      • 4 Years Ago
      My uncle had one when I was a kid and at the time I thought it was such an ugly plastic mess that he had done the mods himself. It looks no better today
      • 4 Years Ago
      Piece of history or piece of something else? Chrysler didn't know how to hop these up so they hired (whored?) ' the legendary' Shelby to add his name and 'expertise' as he had
      such deep knowledge and experience of all things Mopar? That's when I lost all respect
      for Ol' Shel because that's when he became Ol' Shill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you even know what these cars are all about?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Chrysler didn't know how to hop these up..."

        Who do you think developed the turbo motors originally introduced in 1984? It wasn't Shelby. Shelby was hired to tune the cars. Suspension, tires, brakes, and some go fast goodies thrown in. But he never developed whole engines for Chrysler. His working for Chrysler was as much due to his personal relationship to Iaccoca as anything. If Ford couldn't keep him interested in working for them that's their problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It already hit $ 15100 on a previous auction.
      It's a cool car to me because I'm the right age to have grown up with them.

      BUT
      Recently I saw a cherry one owner 55000 mile Porsche 968 with an asking price of $ 16500.

      I know which one I'd buy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks better and it out performed any Honda CRX,Prelude,Nissan and Mazda product of the day !! low 6 sec 0-60 and 14's in the 1/4...

      I had a 86 Shelby Charger 2.2 Turbo I (146 hp) It ran a best e.t of 14.98 in 1991 and averaged 15.10's..you had to give a little more rpm to kick in the Turbo at take-off,too much rpm you smoked the tires !! My family and friends owned many Turbo cars and they are very reliable,highest mileage one had 250,000 before it was rear ended !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Look at what Daimler broke."

      That's quite a revisionist streak there. Chrysler cars were crap before Mercedes got their hands on them. Take for instance:

      1st gen LH cars with steering components that would pretty much self-destruct within 30k miles.

      Neons that could be had with a 5spd manual or 3spd auto until 2001! 'Course they managed worse mileage outta the 4spd auto than the three. lol. A friend of mine had a 95 Neon for a while. It was a blast on the twisties. 'Course it also had duct tape all over the driver's air bag because someone had tapped the *passenger* fender lightly.

      How about their K-car based minivans or JA cars with their glass autoboxes? For For a company with a $12 billion slush fund, they sure turned out some real turds before Mercedes got their mitts on them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one hell of an ugly car, good luck reaching the reserve...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get the hate.

      The front end doesn't look that drastically different than an 80s dodge daytona or F-body Camaro.

      The roofline doesn't look all that different than a Fox mustang.

      Not saying that this car is AS GOOD as those other cars... it is a bit budget-bin in comparison to those, but it isn't drastically different enough to garner such hatred.

      And it is the hotted-up Shelby, not just a regular model. Looks better than the Ford Escort EXP did, at least.

      I am not saying everyone should worship it, far from it, but I just don't think it is a horrible as other folks here do, evidently.

      Personally, I like this bodystyle more than the rabbit-wannabe Omni body. I just have never been a fan of boxy hatchbacks, and I like the fastback cars better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, the Omni/Horizon coupe was one of Chrysler's better small cars. Did they tack on a lot of, um, stuff for the GLH-S? Yeah, but it was no worse than the Camaros or Mustangs of the day.

        The GLH and GLH-S were an interesting performance experiment for their day; a completely over-the-top answer to the GTI. In their own weird way, these might be the last cars that were truly built to the Shelby formula (take something cheap and light, pump it full of outrageous horsepower, and unleash it on an unsuspecting public).
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it weren't FWD, I think it would have more cred.
      • 4 Years Ago
      crack pipe.

      Whoops, thought I was somewhere else.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the omni glhs more, but this one is cool too. I think it would make a fine edition for a mopar collector. A bit pricey though.
      Joseph Forcier
      • 2 Years Ago
      These cars,the early chrysler turbo cars,were the first tuner cars.They are legends. People can hate on them all they want, I am sure they just can't stand being beat by a four cylinder. If they have traction,look out. The absolute best example has got to be the 89 csx vnt. Google it. It will blow your mind.
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