Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pilot Build: 1984 Shelby Charger

The term pilot in the manufacturing sense means a first build, an alpha or beta so to speak.  The reason you build a pilot is to understand your build process, tune its finer points, but also to decide if you ever want to do it again.  This next car appears to have been a pilot build  of a unique color combination for the 80s Shelby Charger that never made it into subsequent full scale production.  Find this 1984 Shelby Charger here on eBay offered for $9,500 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Bayonne, NJ.

This has to be one special edition of the Dodge/Shelby Charger to be worth anything near the asking price. It doesn't get much more rare than one-of-one, and this thing allegedly includes documentation from Chrysler indicating that it was the first and only Shelby Charger built with gold accent stripe and seat embroidery.

A peek inside and you see a large part of the crazy asking price: a set of deep maroon seats with gold embroidered Carroll Shelby logos in the headrests. 

This  Charger uses the same basic Chrysler 2.2 liter inline-4 shared with the K-car and rated at 110 horsepower.  At least it is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and suspension was setup by Shelby, so the attitude in the turns should be great.

See a better way to get into a special edition for cheap?

1 comment:

  1. The CS embroidered seats are pretty sweet. The car kind of fills a wierd niche. Decent condition and Shelby prototype are good. Too bad no power, wrong wheel drive and 80's chrysler build quality.


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