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1983 Dodge Shelby Charger

13,340 Actual Mile One Owner Shelby Charger 2.2L 4 Cylinder 5 Speed Survivor
Stock #
135055
Body Style
n/a
Engine
2.2 Liter 4
Exterior Color
Sante Fe Blue Crystal Coat & Radiant Silver Crystal Coat
Interior Color
Blue & Silver
Miles
13340

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  • 2.2 liter Shelby-tuned 4-cylinder
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering
  • Sante Fe Blue and Radiant Silver paint
  • A525 5-speed manual transaxle
  • Power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Special Sports Suspension
  • 15-inch ‘pizza’ wheels
  • 13,340-mile survivor

The early ‘80s could quite possibly be considered the dawn of compact performance. The good ole days of fire-breathing muscle cars were long gone, but enthusiasts still thrived. And a new generation of gearheads latched onto small, easy to own hatchbacks like this all-original Shelby Charger. The L-Body Charger, American style with a touch of international power, was a pretty rare car; and it made no qualms about catering directly to enthusiasts. Because of that, most of these global featherweights were whipped to an early grave by three or four different owners. And, as any ‘80s car fan will tell you, finding a Shelby Charger that’s in good condition is becoming extremely difficult. Well, until now… This 13,340 actual mile coupe is an exceptional example of just that. Pampered and paraded its entire life, this Dodge is an impressive time capsule that’ll transport you right back to the days when performance was more than just horsepower!

The most significant piece of ample documentation, this MoPar’s original window sticker breaks down as follows:

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

  • Accelerator pedal that features heel/toe capability
  • 335-amp maintenance-free battery
  • Carpeted interior and cargo area
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Coolant reservoir
  • Corrosion protection
  • Shelby decals
  • Electric cooling fan
  • Electronic ignition
  • Electronic voltage regulator
  • Front wheel drive
  • Interior hood release
  • Dual horns
  • Hood insulation
  • Lighted ashtray
  • Locking glove box
  • Mirrors
  • — Day/night rearview mirror
  • — Passenger’s vanity mirror
  • — Dual remote exterior mirrors
  • Heavy duty radiator
  • AM radio
  • Deluxe seatbelts
  • Sound insulation
  • Multifunction steering column control
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Performance transaxle
  • — 2.78 final drive ratio
  • Deluxe intermittent wipers

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

  • ZS24: Dodge Shelby Charger 2-door hatchback ($00)
  • — Heavy duty power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • — Free-standing center arm rest
  • — Rallye instrument panel that includes a tachometer, clock and trip odometer
  • — Front storage console
  • — Performance exhaust system that’s complete with a bright oval tip
  • — Tinted windows
  • — Unique front fascia and bodyside skirts
  • — Halogen headlamps
  • — Power liftgate release
  • — Rear spoiler
  • — 14.1 quick-ratio power rack-and-pinion steering
  • — Sport Special Handling Suspension
  • — Special 15-inch cast aluminum wheels
  • — PCA: Santa Fe Blue and Radiant Silver paint
  • — S5AC: Dual reclining seats which wear cloth upholstery under Shelby logos
  • D25: 5-speed manual transmission ($00)
  • E68: 2.2 liter high performance 4-cylinder engine ($00)
  • K2J: Tape graphics ($00)
  • R35: AM/FM stereo ($109)
  • U11: 195/50R15 steel-belted radials ($00)

DELIVERED TO: Danville Chrysler – Plymouth in Danville, Indiana
VEHICLE PRICE: $8,290
DESTINATION: $312
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: $109
MANUFACTURER’S SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $8,711

By 1983, this Belvedere-built coupe had become an established player in America’s re-invigorated compact car market. Eccentric gearheads knew if you wanted to look cool, you bought an L-Body. And if you wanted to look cool and go fast, you bought a Shelby L-Body. Averaging just over 430 miles per year, this pint-size MoPar appears to have rarely seen anything other than sunshine and warm summer days. A quick check of the car’s undercarriage and suspension reveals no evidence of catastrophic rust or abuse. A quick check of the car’s profile reveals its body has never seen any major repairs. And a quick check of our pictures confirms its original Santa Fe and Radiant Silver skin is both bright and glossy. That’s right, even 31 years after it rolled out of the showroom this spry sports coupe is still a true head turner everywhere it goes!

With its low window sills and 2.5-box proportions, this Shelby is a model of early ‘80s cool. At the front of the car, an aggressive, Shelby-designed air dam centers a black pentastar and clean “DODGE” script between clear parking lamps and bright halogen headlights. At the top of that dam, a sloped hood leads the eye to tinted and “SHELBY” branded glass that’s flanked by small mirrors and aerodynamic C-pillar trim. At the base of that glass, a planar profile hangs black door handles and a body-matched fuel filler above straight Shelby stripes and pentastar-branded rocker extensions. And at the back of that profile, a dramatic Shelby spoiler frames clean tail lights, a full array of decklid emblems and an original dealer decal.

In their effort to improve the Charger, Shelby and Chrysler did not overlook the car’s mechanicals. They tweaked the engine, milling the block 0.030 inches to raise compression to 9.6 to 1. They changed the camshaft timing by advancing the cam a few degrees. They also made modifications to the 2.2 liter’s electronic controls to extract optimum performance. Consequently, the Shelby powerplant develops 13 more horsepower and 10 more lb./ft. of torque than the standard Omni mill. These enhancements, plus a lower final drive ratio, make the car a tick quicker than the standard Charger and its early ‘80s competition. Specifically, the Shelby has a 0 to 60 time of 10 seconds flat and a 117MPH top speed. The engine compartment in this L-Body is mostly original and in great condition. And, decked in black and blue, it’s as serious looking as the rest of the car, with just a hint of color here and there to add both texture and contrast.

Shelby Chargers came standard with an A525 5-speed that feeds the front wheels. Holding that tossable drivetrain off the ground is an original Special Sports Suspension that utilizes shorter springs, stiffer shocks and correct power front disc and rear drum brakes to both lower the car and improve already responsive handling. At the center of that chassis, an original single-pipe exhaust system snakes spent gases through a factory-correct muffler. At the corners of that chassis, original ‘pizza’ wheels spin original 195/50R15 Goodyear Eagle GTs around locking lug nuts. And, still dressed in most of its blue overspray, this Charger is a clean, fully sorted survivor that’s ready to hit the road as soon as it rolls out of our showroom!

This coupe’s tri-tone cockpit, which nicely complements its 2-tone exterior, shows hardly any signs of wear. The reclining seats keep you as comfortable for quick blasts of speed as they do during long road trips. In front of the driver, a pliable dash, which shows zero defects, is packed full of gauges that work exactly as they should. At the center of that dash, you’ll find a correct AM/FM stereo. Between the aforementioned seats, crack-free consoles prop a black shifter on gray carpet that’s protected by carpeted and color-keyed floor mats. At the sides of that carpet, factory door panels, which are typically faded and ballooned from heat, look good-as-new. And when you open the car’s hatch, you’ll find a clean cargo area that’s showroom fresh in virtually every way.

The sale of this small Dodge includes:

  • A vintage dealer brochure
  • An original window sticker
  • An original owner’s manual
  • Original warranty and accessory booklets.
  • An original New Vehicle Preparation checklist
  • Original paperwork for the car’s rust proofing and cassette radio
  • Original keys and key tags
  • An original Title Application
  • Original registrations from ’83-86
  • An original temporary tag
  • A vintage Hot Rod Magazine Ad
  • An emissions recall letter from 1990
  • A memo pad of service records
  • A pamphlet for the Shelby Dodge Automobile Club

Whenever we post unique, low mileage survivors, they sell almost immediately. A whole generation of buyers grew up with these endearing coupes. And since they’re becoming increasingly scarce, the good ones get snapped up as quickly as they hit the market. If you’re an enthusiast who likes to put their hardware on the road, few classics deliver this blend of exclusivity and practicality. And with only 13,336 original miles, this is one MoPar that’ll have you smiling every time you slide behind its wheel!

Basic

Year
1983
Make
Dodge
Secondary Make
Shelby
Model Name
Charger
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Sports Car
Mileage
13340

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
2.2 Liter 4
Engine Number
n/a
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
5 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
n/a
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Radio
Battery Location
LH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Blue & Silver
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Cloth
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
n/a
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Sante Fe Blue Crystal Coat & Radiant Silver Crystal Coat
Paint Type
n/a
Stripes
Yes

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Independent
Rear Suspension Type
Independent
Axle Specification
n/a
Front Wheel Specification
15"
Rear Wheel Specification
15"
Front Tire Specification
195/50R15
Rear Tire Specification
195/50R15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Spare
n/a
Exhaust Type
Single Exhaust
Muffler Type
Original Equipment

History

Restoration Status
Survivor
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
* Vintage dealer brochure. * Original window sticker. * Original owner's manual. * Original booklets. * Original New Vehicle Prep. checklist. * Original paperwork for add-ons. * Original Title Application. * Original registrations from '83-86. * Original temporary tag. * Vintage Hot Rod Magazine Ad. * 1990 Emissions recall letter. * Memo pad of service records * Shelby Dodge Automobile Club pamph. *Documents filed behind banner on Consignment Vehicle Documents shelf ~ CS

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