1987 Dodge Shelby Lancer

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).


To build your own future classic from the current Dodge lineup, go to Dodge.com.



  • Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I have a complete lancer shelby for sale it will either need completely restored or parted out I’m asking $1500 it does run, does not drive, you can get a hold of me at 330 904 zero255 I’m Jim

    • Clay Morris
      Posted September 19, 2015 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      Are either of these two cars still available?

  • Chuck
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    My wife’s estate has a 1987 Shelby Lancer for sale. It is number 666 of the original 800. It is a 100% southern California car, but needs work and has not been run in a few years. If interested, please contact me at my email address 11pirateships@gmail.com.

  • Cavalier
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Odd car but still very cool

  • glhs0075
    Posted March 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Redline, you’ve got it wrong. It’s not a “1987 Dodge Shelby Lancer”. It’s a “1987 Shelby Lancer”. In 1988 and 1989 there was a “Dodge Lancer Shelby”. In other words, 1987 Make = Shelby, Model = Lancer. 1988-89 Make = Dodge, Model = Lancer, Trim Level = Shelby.

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