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!
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.
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.
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.