So if you like to drive a classic American muscle car, but you don’t have a 30K+ to spend on one, check out this affordable muscle car 1985 Dodge Shelby Charger in-depth video review by Motor Week and if you like what you see you might look around for one of those affordable muscle cars based on your budget.
Dodge Shelby Charger
Although in the 80’s the American muscle’s golden era was already over, new generation of enthusiasts were born and the high revving V8 machines were replaced by smaller, compact and more affordable muscle cars, which did not offer a significant amount of horsepower, but still had that classic American style.
Ask any 1980’s muscle car enthusiast and he will tell you that if you wanted to look cool cruising down the street back then you buy an L-body car and if you wanted to go fast as well then you needed a Shelby L-body. Even though those muscle cars are quite affordable it is really hard to find a well preserved Dodge Shelby Charger today.
The Shelby Charger muscle car was born with Chrysler’s idea to improve the 1980 Dodge Charger. The improvements consists in tweaking the motor a bit in order to improve the compression ratio, changing the camshaft timing and some electronic mods in order to squeeze extra 13 horse power and 10 pounds of torque from the 2.2 liter engine.
After Carroll Shelby tuned the Charger the muscle car was offered on the market as a Dodge Shelby Charger from 1983 until 1987. After Chrysler discontinued the production Shelby bought the final 1000 vehicles and equipped those with the engine management system used on the 1986 Shelby GLHS producing 175 hp and 175 ft/lbs sent trough a 5-speed manual gearbox. Shelby also modified the suspension, put his own wheels and better tires from Good Year, which in combination with the improved engine resulted in a very good 1/4 mile and 0-60 mph times for the 80’s.