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The second true Shelby vehicle of the 80s, these cars all began life as standard 87 Shelby Chargers. Carroll Shelby purchased the last 1000 of them -- all black, T-1 5spd -- and they were shipped to Shelby Automobiles in Whitter, California. Once they arrived his team set about making changes. The suspension was upgraded with Koni adjustable struts/shocks all around. The alignment was altered, Shelby called for the front camber to be set more negative, and a little more toe-in was performed on the rear. The tires were upsized to 205/50VR-15 Goodyear Gatorbacks mounted on specific Shelby Centurion aluminum wheels.

Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Momo shift knob were installed. The all-important numbered dash plaque was affixed where the standard Charger badge once resided. And not to be overlooked, a clear sticker overlay was added to the unpegged speedometer which extended the numeric readout to 125 MPH.

The most exciting changes were underhood. The changes included a different turbo, the front-mounted intercooler, a different radiator, 2-piece tuned-length intake manifold, larger fuel injectors, a 46mm throttle body, and a different logic module set for 12 psi (up from 9) and programmed with knowledge of the intercooler. Also, a heated O2 sensor was swapped in, and a few other non-Turbo I sensors were added.

Fitted with all this hardware, the GLHS was now rated at 175 horsepower. This was definitely enough to rocket the flyweight Charger into the 14s; Top speed increased to an honest 130 MPH, very respectable for a econocar. At a low 14psi, hp was 205!

All 87 GLHSs were equipped identically. They all featured the sunroof, cassette stereo, center console, rear defroster, air conditioning, stainless steel exhaust, and so on. Curiously they did not have the rear window louver, which was standard on all 87 Dodge Shelby Chargers. There were no available options and the price was $12,995us.


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It's so...eighties. Bleh. And it isn't that fast. This car is one of the strongest examples of "things that didn't age well".

Uncool now (but cool back then.)
id have to say nice bang for the buck, not that great in the looks department however. Cool
Saw an awesome stunt show with these cars at the CNE in the 80's but even that won't save this car from being seriously uncool.
Mr b00st
shelby should be embarassed to have his name on this piece of shit.
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