Turbo 5-Speed: 1989 Dodge Lancer Shelby

This 1989 Dodge Lancer Shelby is quite rare, due not only to its limited production numbers but also because most folks know about the Shelby Lancer – this being a Lancer Shelby means it was assembled by Dodge in Detroit, as opposed to the first year car’s birth in a Shelby production facility. With the preferred manual transmission and under 60,000 miles, this Lancer Shelby  here on eBay is intriguing survivor with performance capabilities that are still respectable today.

Those first-year models were hard to miss, with red paint and gunmetal wheels. This later edition introduced other colors into the Shelby-enhanced package, but the main draw was still the performance capabilities of this modified entry-level sedan. You’ll note two rear spoilers, color-matched wheels, ground effects, and more, but most of the changes affected the chassis.

The Lancer Shelby, despite being assembled in the same plant as the more plebeian Lancer, offered numerous upgrades, including leather bucket seats, full power equipment, and more. Under the skin drivers would find a quicker steering box, bigger sway bars, and lowering springs, in addition to the standard Turbo II engine.

The Lancer Shelby was made in very small batches, with less than 300 made in both years of production. While the first year model may seem like a more full-throated version of a Shelby product for its assembly in a Shelby facility, there’s no denying this 1989 example is still a rare bird in incredibly well-preserved condition with a Buy-It-Now of $9,750 OBRO.

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Comments

  1. Michael

    My younger sister bought one of these many years back for $200.00. The body was shot, but the car ran well. Was sort of fun to drive for what it was. You aren’t going to win Indy in it. But it’s a great going from point A to B in. Price on this one is rather high though. More like four grand.

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  2. Angel Member

    Funny how rarity can spike interest in something you’d never look twice at.

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  3. Del

    Nice example.

    NADA says 2500 to 3500 value.

    Even concours only 4000

    Price is silly

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  4. glenn

    Way too much $. This is about what Shelby’s personal car sold for at a highly publicized auction. $3500 tops. Broken AC? Really?

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  5. James Martin

    Almost 10000 you can own your very own pos. 4 door too. Did Chrysler use this idea to make the 4 door charger?

  6. CCFisher

    Let’s be clear: whether it’s a Shelby Lancer or a Lancer Shelby, it was assembled by Chrysler in Sterling Heights. Shelby Lancers were modified in a Shelby facility. Lancer Shelbys were not.

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    • GTiDave Member

      So you’re saying the later were modified on the line in Sterling Heights?

      • Superdessucke

        I think it was just an option package so not really. It was assembled with the regular Lancers but it had the different components described in the article.

  7. Coventrycat

    I’d save up another 6k and get the Maxton instead. This is just an old Lancer.

  8. Bakyrdhero

    I’ve only seen one of these in person. It was donated to our high school auto tech class in the mid nineties. It was actually a cool car for what it was, though it was well warn and sporting Chrysler’s patented peeling paint.

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  9. Rodney

    I was a sales manager at a Dodge store back then and grabbed one of these as a demo. Cool car (compared to the K-cars we were selling) and quite advanced electronically. My first CD player in a car. About bankrupted me throwing cassettes out and replacing with the Next Big Thing in music: compact discs.
    Omar and the Howlers, that’s what I remember listening to in that car.

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