1989 Shelby Dodge Dakota - rear three-quarter view, on castorsThese days, the Shelby name is synonymous with Ford Mustang performance, but it wasn't always so. Carroll Shelby spent plenty of time decking the halls of Chrysler with quick versions of otherwise plebeian models, including the Dodge Dakota and Lancer. Most of those machines have returned to the earth in spectacular fashion by now, but it looks as if one owner in Pennsville, New Jersey sealed two of the machines away from the world to preserve them for future generations. Behold what could very well be the cleanest and most original 1987 Shelby Lancer and 1989 Shelby Dakota on the face of the planet.

According to their eBay Motors listings, these machines have never been registered, and both still retain their original dealer markings, right down to the protective plastic on the seats and steering wheels. The owner even has the original batteries for both vehicles. What's more, both are #6 in their respective production lines, making them the first civilian models sold. The Lancer has but 22 miles on its odometer, and the Dakota 23. Right now, both relics have Buy It Now prices of $29,000, but the Shelby Dakota is the only one of the pair with a bid.

Of course, the real tragedy here is that the owner has effectively relegated these vehicles to museum duty. Depending on how they've been maintained, the damage done by sitting for years on end could require serious effort and dollars to erase. As of the time of writing, the truck is up to a smidge over $15,400 with three days left on the auction.


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      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks great!! Though car finds like this I have mixed feelings about. 1. Would be great to own a "new" and rare 25 year old performance car (for it's day). But................... 2. I'd be too afraid to drive it and add one single mile to it.
      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the Lancer sub-models had a novel variable vain turbo set up. Interesting, but the technology never caught on.
        StephenT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lasertekk
        Yep, I had a Shadow ES demo with the VVT and it was a very quick little car. Practically no turbo lag. It got water in the fuel over winter time and was never the same again.
      turboawdftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      my dad bought the 1986 n/a version w/ 3 speed auto in 1989, some scrupulous dealer sold it to us with thick oil added to cover the knocking, and the car was knocking like crazy by the second oil change. and we ended up getting rid of it 2 yrs later and it was running on 3 cyl... wow that car was a piece of crap. By the end of its time with us, it would only make it up certain hills in pittsburgh by flooring it well before the hill... this shelby lancer looks sweet, but will likely have a worse prognosis if driven due to the amount of time that it hasn't been driven... The motor might be toast already.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely crazy to see cars from the '80s in immaculate condition like this.
      Robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      these things look like garbage even being brand new. who in there right mind would spend their hard earned money on mopars back then. the build quality is unbelievably terrible. if someone gave me an eighties chrysler with a full tank of gas, i wouldnt spend the fifty to fill it back up, id just leave it where it ran out of gas.
        razorpit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robert
        I guess you either have a short memory or weren't around in the 80's. Build standards and technology were night and day compared to today. Hopefully in twenty-five years we'll be looking at today's cars and say the same thing.
      CoffeeJones
      • 2 Years Ago
      "TO BE PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS" and those future generations don't know what to make of it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_Lancer
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      My sister had a Lancer. P-I-L-E. Met its fate on the interstate median. Actually several f her cars died that way.
      PhilipCohen
      • 2 Years Ago
      And, the reality of buying at auction on eBay ... “Shill Bidding Fraud on eBay: Case Study #5” http://bit.ly/N1nTlc
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the pickup. I wanted one when I was in high school. There was one just the other night on the tv show fast and loud. The reason he is asking so much is because of passing of Carroll and he is trying to cash in on his death.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I had the cash, I'd bid on the truck in a heartbeat. It has a V8. But a real find would be a Shelby CSX-T that was built for Thrifty car rental. Not athat powerful and not that fast, but it's a rental Shelby, and that would be a great collectable.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imoore
        Why does the fact it has a V8 make it appealing. Sure it's a rare edition, but the Dakota was available with a V8 for a long time.
          Josh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          This V8 was in about 2-3 years before Dodge actually made it available. Shelby has the 3:90 gears in the rear and performance transmission that really made it run quite well. We have a white one number 1483.
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      BTW - Does anyone know what the Shelby Lancer's sticker price was in 1987?
        EJD1984
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        Never mind I found it. http://books.google.com/books?id=DZiRmOf3e5cC&pg=PA6&lpg=PA6&dq=dodge+shelby+lancer+price&source=bl&ots=7-fNDY6wVZ&sig=G1gg3LLdkgvUE-_OKVdXAew-2JM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wRV4UOjPBcm8yAHu9IGQDg&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=dodge%20shelby%20lancer%20price&f=false 1987 - $16,995.00 2012 - $34,465.59 (adjusted for inflation)
          Darrell
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EJD1984
          So basically by letting it sit for 25 years he lost money after inflation.. What was this guy thinking?
      Domari Nolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad the Lancer isn't the Turbo. I had a 1986 model, and it was an awesome car at the time.
        Domari Nolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Domari Nolo
        Nevermind... I didn't see it was the Shelby model, which had the turbo motor.
          NicksGarage
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Domari Nolo
          Yes, intercooled turbo and it\'s a 5-speed too. I have a dead one of these in my backyard, used to be my daily driver but was originally a Thrifty rental car. Neat cars but don\'t have much value. These belong in the Chrysler museum.
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