3 Shelby Classics That Are Affordable And Unexpecting Restoration Projects

Carrol Shelby was a racing legend and car designer later in life. His cars are known for their innovative designs that broke the rules and norms. Some famous Shelby cars include the Shelby GT500 Mustang or the AC Cobra. He also partnered with Dodge to modify car designs or parts. Here are some of the Shelby Classics from the '80s and '90s that make for unique restoration projects:

1. 1987 Dodge Charger Shelby

The 1987 Shelby Dodge Charger was one of the best cars from the Dodge era of Shelby's career. It was based on Dodge's L-body platform, which included the Duster and Turismo. The Shelby Charger was powered by a 2.2-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine, which was improved with the Turbo II version in 1987. This increased its power from 146 bhp to 175 bhp. In addition to the improved power on the '87 model, the Shelby cars also included improvements to the brakes and suspension for improved handling. They also had body kits, which were installed on some of the stock Charger and Turismo models that had the 2.2-liter turbo engines.

2. 1986 Shelby GLH

The '86 Shelby Omni GLH looked like nothing more than a four-door compact hatchback from the '80s, which is what made it so great. The GLH model stood for "Goes Like Hell" and features some Shelby mods that made it a quick little grocery getter. It had the 2.2-liter turbo engine that was used in the Dodge Daytona, as well as modifications to the suspension and custom 15 inch wheels.

3. 1989 Shelby Dakota

This was a mid-sized pickup truck that was picked up by Shelby and modified with a 318 cu in V8 power plant that gave it 175 bhp. It also had to have other special modifications, such as the installation of electric cooling fans to accommodate the larger V8 engine. Like other Shelby cars, the '89 Shelby Dakota also featured some changes to the suspension and custom wheels. There were only 1,475 produced, so it can be difficult to find, but the parts common, so it can also be easy to clone if you cannot find an actual Shelby model with matching numbers.

These are some of the unique Shelby cars that you may want to consider for a restoration project. If you need brakes for new or old Shelby car designs, contact a classic or antique car brake parts dealer to get what you need.