Two Owner Turbo: 1989 Dodge Daytona Shelby

Isn’t it about time the late 80s and early 90s Mopar products massaged by Carroll Shelby began to appreciate? I think so, even though I don’t have one of these unicorns in my garage. Unlike so many “performance” car improved by stickers and spoilers alone, these Shelby cars actually delivered decent scoot out of the box and respectable handling. This 1989 Dodge Daytona Shelby here on eBay is a late production car with bidding over $4K and the reserve unmet.

The seller says this Daytona is one of 281 configured this way, and the condition is impressive. Just two owners before the current seller for the last 30 years, and one respray in its history. I love the Daytona Blue paint, which is a nice change of pace from the typical reds and whites we typically see Daytonas sprayed in.

The seller says there are no modifications in the interior aside from an updated CD player. The driver’s floor pan was patched, which is surprising for a car that otherwise sees incredibly nice for its age. The Daytona is in New York State, so perhaps even a preserved car like this succumbed to some exposure to road salt. Some bolster wear is noted on the seats, but it still presents much better than most cars this age.

While the seller says the Daytona is free from alterations besides the radio head unit, it sounds like some nice tweaks have been made under the hood. It now features a Garret T3 turbocharger with a Mopar Stage 2 computer and aftermarket exhaust. That’s far from excessive, and likely makes an already fun car even more of a blast to drive. Hopefully, the reserve isn’t much higher than $5K, but few Daytonas still exist in condition like this.

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  1. bobhess Member

    Wife’s grocery cart was an ’86 Daytona Shelby Turbo Z. Fully loaded, Black on black on black. With a mild tweak we got 140 plus out of it on a long road in the mid west. Comfortable, well built, fast. We moved a couple years later and didn’t have space to store 5 cars so it got traded for a ’91 Dodge Caravan. Not quite the power but turned out to be a very dependable and handy vehicle. Miss the Z these days still….

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  2. RICHARD TRUESDELL

    I drove my 1984 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z in the 1986 One Lap of America, finished in 77th place, finishing all 8,000+ miles.

    Mine hit a top speed of 142 mph, somewhere on US 50 where I could see for miles ahead.

    What happened to being able to post photos with comments?

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    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      And, what happened to being able to edit posts for 5 minutes after hitting the “Post Comment” button?

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  3. Superdessucke

    And the Academy Award for Worst Interior Photos goes to….

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  4. cold340t

    If only it was REARWHEEL DRIVE! It would be in my driveway right now. Same goes for the discontinued DART. Who asked for front drive cars anyways? Lame!

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  5. Rabbit

    Orchard Park, NY. Home of the Bills. Car’s only been registered a few months, going by the tags. Looks too good to have been here all it’s life. That or it was really well cared for. If I only had room……

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  6. Bodyman68

    I worked on these when they were new , never cared for them and they had problems with head gaskets . I wish you had a pic of one doing over 100mph for any amount of time . Looking at these now i still laugh as its only a k car .

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  7. DN

    Too much in the way of rust issues to deal with. Floor pan patch already? No telling what the rest looks like underneath but I’m certain the corroded hardware under the hood is a sign of what lurks. Northern cars, ugh!

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