Tune-Up Needed: 1987 Shelby GLHS

You don’t normally see one-of-1,000 cars blessed with the performance genius of Carroll Shelby popping up as tired drivers on eBay. But that’s exactly what you’ll get with this 1987 Shelby GLHS, which represents a final batch of Shelby-modified Mopars that the man himself tweaked to his liking during the turbocharged heyday of econobox Chryslers. This Shelby GLHS was used as a daily driver before being retired and is listed here on eBay with one bid to $1K.

The seller notes it will run with a battery, but needs a tune-up. The whole listing reads like the GLHS was used as daily transport, then parked it when either boredom set in or it got too expensive to maintain as a grocery getter. Thankfully, the Turbo 1 drivetrain is fairly easy to find OEM / replacement parts for, so performing a basic tuneup shouldn’t be an issue. Fixing that paint fade, however, may require outside professional help.

I actually think the bigger challenge ahead of the next owner isn’t the tune-up but the deep cleaning the Shelby desperately needs. The interior is downright filthy, which is surprising to see given how many collectors cherish these cars and keep them in mint condition. I actually think there’s an opportunity here for the next owner to perform a high-level detailing and have a car that will either appreciate slightly or be a great flip candidate.

Of course, the paint may be past the point of salvation with just a detail – what is going on with that nose panel? The seller notes a few different body issues, including a damaged front valence from a run-in with a curb. The passenger door is stuck shut, as is the rear hatch. A “little rust” is noted under the driver’s feet in the Sheby’s pedal box area, but pictures don’t show anything too frightening. Is this Shelby-ized Charger worthy of rescue?


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  1. BillB

    A piece of Shelby history after his first stint with Ford. What a shame the owners never appreciated it.

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  2. kiteflier

    Had one for a daily commute for 13 years. It was a turbo II, koni’s, chipped, indy cooler. 22 miles one way, all rural with two large ess and one left hand falling away hairpin. Walked into work with a smile everyday.

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  3. Mark M.

    Needs a tune up, usually , what I see is a bad cylinder by many sellers.

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  4. djjerme

    Man, this is tempting, but that rust in the bottom. It’s not the rust you see that worries me most.

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  5. RG in PDX

    Ugh. Too bad this one is so far gone.

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    • djjerme

      awww c’mon, a can of Por15 and some Griot’s quick shine will have her looking like new!

  6. Lynn Dockey Member

    The fords that Shelby had worked his magic on were infinitely better than the DOdGeS that had his name on them. I had the 83 non turbo, carburetor version. Total PÍA

    • Mr.BZ

      Virtually every car in the 60s was infinitely better than virtually every car in the 80s.

  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    If this were nearby, it would be a tempting project.
    Not the most valuable Shelby, but it was blessed by the man himself.

    I don’t think that there is any one who actually drove one of these that disses it.

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  8. Lynn Dockey Member

    I’m dissing the 83 Shelby charger not the 87

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