For 1987, Carroll Shelby and Dodge teamed up to offer an exclusive compact luxury sedan. Designed to compete with the best small European GTs, including the BMW 3-series and the C-class Mercedes, the Shelby Lancer was packed with performance and luxury features.
The Shelby Lancer was available in one exterior color: Graphic Red accented with unique “Shelby” and “Intercooled Turbo” lettering. Blacked-out trim and Shelby 15-inch wheels with black centers completed the look. A Shelby-tuned Turbo II 2.2 Liter four with 175 hp supplied the power, while half of the exclusive 800-car production run was equipped with the three-speed automatic transmission, the other half with the five-speed manual gearbox.
The Lancer H-body chassis was upgraded with stiffer antiroll bars, Monroe GP struts, special four-wheel disc brakes, and Shelby’s favorite Goodyear Gatorback performance tires. The package offered a stiff but sporty ride with .85 g cornering power.
The stick-shift models got cloth interiors, while the automatics received premium leather. All cars were outfitted with a high-end, 10-speaker Pioneer CD audio system, which included one of the first compact disc players offered in an American car.
A little bulkier than the familiar Omni-based Shelby models but the most elegant and luxurious of all the vehicles produced by the famed Shelby-Dodge partnership, the Shelby Lancer is highly coveted by collectors today. Enthusiast info and moral support are provided by the Shelby Dodge Auto Club (SDAC.org).
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