Used Car of the Day: Shelby Lancer

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day shelby lancer

Here's a unique one -- a 96,500-mile Shelby Lancer for four grand.

This Florida-based car appears to have some rust and some other minor issues, such as a CD player that doesn't work and gauges that work only intermittently. There are some minor electrical issues and the interior looks old.

On the other hand, the 5-speed transmission has been rebuilt, there's a new clutch, and other major parts are either original or have been kept up to date.

So if you're looking for a rare '80s ride that needs some work but isn't a massive project, this might be your speed.

And if it isn't, please remember that the cars we feature here are interesting -- and that doesn't always mean show-worthy.

[Images: Seller]

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  • Add Lightness Add Lightness on Jun 20, 2023

    Bought a broken one about 20 years ago for parts. Ended up fixing it and did pretty well winter rallying it as one doesn't want a valuable car for winter rallies.

    Fun sleeper and even more so as I had no respect for it an thrashed it whenever possible. Finally perforated the block and then it turned into a parts car. BTW, they have the 555 Getrag rock crusher transmission.

  • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Jun 21, 2023

    " Alpine replaces Pioneer and CD she no work, upholstery looks like it's 37 years old, a couple stars on windshield, Tach works when it wants to, fuel gage same, rear window and door lock electrical problems."

    That want ad description write-up is by far the greatest display of English ever shown by Florida Man. I am in awe, and thinking DeSantis should start shipping a few extra textbooks down there pronto instead of banning them.

    The picture of the interior reminded me of how it was like sitting in a bucket while driving those. This was around the time where many in my immediate and extended family were switching from American to Japanese cars, especially Hondas and Nissans. And those at the time - the ultra low cowl especially in the Civics and Accords made you feel like you were sitting on top of the dashboard with 360 degrees of glass all around you. And then someone in the family had something similar to this - the LeBaron GTS. That entire dashboard was a massive slab billboard that seemed to loom over you while driving. I remember the A/C controls were tiny. The vents were tiny. The radio was standard double-DIN size. The gauges were kind of small. And there was just so much hard, hollow plastic that was so high up that it seemed to shrink the windshield.

    And Chrysler? It's GAUGE. Not GAGE. For decades that has been under my skin when I see that idiot light on an older instrument panel.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jun 21, 2023

      "And Chrysler? It's GAUGE. Not GAGE."

      Don't hate, Chrysler saved 1/2 a cent a unit on deleting the "U".

  • ToolGuy Here is an interesting graphic, if you're into that sort of thing.
  • ToolGuy Nice website you got there (even the glitches have glitches)
  • Namesakeone Actually, per the IIHS ratings, "Acceptable" is second best, not second worst. The ratings are "Good," "Acceptable," "Marginal" and "Poor."
  • Inside Looking Out "And safety was enhanced generally via new reversing lamps and turn signals fitted as standard equipment."Did not get it, turn signals were optional in 1954?
  • Lorenzo As long as Grenadier is just a name, and it doesn't actually grenade like Chrysler UltraDrive transmissions. Still, how big is the market for grossly overpriced vehicles? A name like INEOS doesn't have the snobbobile cachet yet. The bulk of the auto market is people who need a reliable, economical car to get to work, and they're not going to pay these prices.