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Carroll Shelby's daily Dodge Omni GLHS could sell for just $75,000

You could own a piece of American automobile history for less than six figures!

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You may think that a Dodge Omni going for $75,000 is a sign of the world having finally gone completely insane. Well, you might be right, but this particular Omni can explain its price tag, as it was once the daily driver of the legendary Carroll Shelby.

The Omni was Dodge's 'spicy' hatchback from the 80's, produced during Lee Iacocca's turnaround of the company during the latter part of the 20th century. Intrigued and inspired by the roaring success of the VW Golf GTi and other 'hot' hatchbacks, Dodge wanted a slice of the action, and Iacocca turned to his good friend Shelby to inject some 'pep' into the Omni's step.

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However, Shelby then went a step further, producing the GLHS version. This featured a 2.2l SOHC engine, making 175hp. Limited to just 500 units, that power output may seem little by today's standards, but when the Golf GTi at the time in the states made just 105hp, it was pretty quick, hitting 60mph in just 6.5 seconds.

It performed so well, in fact, that Shelby wanted one of his own. This car, number 86 from the production run of 500, retains its original paint, stickers, finish, and has less than 8,200 miles on the clock. It also features the all-important Shelby signature, mounted on the dashboard.

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So, despite not being the most visually arresting car in the world, this particular Omni may well sell in the estimate range of $50,000-$75,000 at Mecum's Kissimmee auction.

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      15 days ago
  • People don't know this but at one time, the Dodge Omni was the second fastest production car made in America!

      15 days ago
    • A version of that motor got put in a lot of "high performance" Dodges and Chryslers. My friend had a Dodge Lancer with it with a 5 speed and that car had some balls when we drove around in it back in the late 1980's.

        14 days ago
    • I friend of mine had one also. We got pulled over coming back from a soccer game. It was a very quick car.

        14 days ago
  • I mean, I would never spend that much on an Omni, but I'm sure to collectors it's worth it.

      15 days ago
  • I had the misfortune of driving an Omni when they were new. I say kill it before it reproduces!

      15 days ago
    • I had the misfortune of fixing Omni's when they were not so new. Trash.

        14 days ago
    • shifting that thing was like hunting for a marble in a huge bowl of pudding...

        14 days ago
  • "Just"??

      15 days ago
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