While the name Carroll Shelby is synonymous with Cobras and Ford Mustangs in the 1960s and then again in the 1990s, people forget that in the 1980s, Carroll partnered again with Lee Iacocca to build a number of special high performance Dodge variants that wore this special badge.
Shelby’s involvement with Dodge began back in the early days of his work with the Mustang. It was through that experience that he came to know Lee Iacocca, who later became president of Chrysler. The downside was that the Ford experience was not a good one for Shelby, so Iacocca had to do a lot of convincing to get Shelby to help at Chrysler, especially when the company was still in the early stages of reinventing itself a huge government bail out. Originally, Iaccoca brought Shelby in only as a consultant to develop and launch “GLH”-labeled (The GLH stood for Goes Like Hell!) performance versions of the 1983 Charger and Omni. Shelby continued throughout the 1980’s building other high performance versions of Dodge cars. By 1989, Chrysler commissioned Shelby to build a version of its very popular Dodge Dakota mid-size truck.
The Shelby Dakota ended up being a one-year-only model in 1989 with only 1,475 units produced. For this project, Shelby followed the same formula he used on the Cobra: he stuffed Chrysler’s 318 cu in (5.2 L) into the V6-only Dakota. Producing 175 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque the Shelby Dakota Pickups achieved sub-nine second 0-60 mph times, which at the time was unheard of in any size truck. Shelby’s creation created a new segment of Hot Rod pickups that Chevrolet and Ford eventually addressed with theor own versions.
Unfortunately, the seller does not provide any description of this vehicle, however judging by the photographs it appears to be in very good condition both inside and out.