latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 5c0ff_00P0P_7a4b1J4rTfg_1200x900-610x458 Rare Rides: The 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota – a Subtle, Speedy Box Dodge   Back in the fall of 2017, we featured the hotted-up Dodge Shelby Charger, born of a collaboration between Dodge and elder racing legend Carroll Shelby. That 2.2-liter four-seat coupe is a bit practical though, a bit pedestrian.

Let’s turn up the volume with another Shelby, this one featuring double the cylinders and half the seats of the Charger. Dakota!

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 5c0ff_00B0B_9MkvjFTW93P_1200x900-610x458 Rare Rides: The 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota – a Subtle, Speedy Box Dodge   American manufacturers were caught off guard by demand for smaller pickup trucks in the late Seventies, spurred on by the Oil Crisis. Dodge sought a quick fix by rebadging the Mitsubishi Mighty Max as the Dodge D50. That compact Japanese truck carried the small torch for the Dodge brand all alone between 1979 and 1986.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 5c0ff_00505_ibLXtBtV0QK_1200x900-610x458 Rare Rides: The 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota – a Subtle, Speedy Box Dodge   By 1987, Dodge was ready to debut its own compact segment-starting mid-size in the form of the Dakota. Brand new that year, the model shared dealer floor space with the new (second-generation) D50. It was offered as the larger and more feature-laden alternative to the rather spartan Mitsubishi offering.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 5c0ff_00a0a_4IyrdpuW6Gg_1200x900-610x458 Rare Rides: The 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota – a Subtle, Speedy Box Dodge   Manual or automatic transmissions were available, and, depending on year, power came from the K-car 2.2-liter, a 3.9-liter V6, or the 5.2-liter Magnum V8. For 1989, there was even a convertible Dakota available from your local dealer. Chrysler sent standard Dakotas over to ASC, where they were chopped and revised. The other important development for ’89 was, of course, today’s Shelby Dakota.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 5c0ff_00y0y_jYLXtLEz8lU_1200x900-610x458 Rare Rides: The 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota – a Subtle, Speedy Box Dodge   The first rear-drive Shelby product manufactured in two decades, the special Dakota was limited to just 1,500 examples. Pulling out many of the stops, the Shelby Dakota had a unique front fascia with integrated fog lamps, colored black regardless of exterior paint scheme. Also standard was a graphic stripe package in superb ’80s fashion, five-spoke sporting alloys, and a color-key valance over the bed. The 5.2-liter V8 was standard equipment as well, but was not an option on other Dakota models until 1991.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 5c0ff_00909_jAyXaUv4ws_1200x900-610x458 Rare Rides: The 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota – a Subtle, Speedy Box Dodge

Shelby Dakotas had a unique interior theme: racing steering wheel, embroidered floor mats, and luggage-like Shelby monogrammed interior upholstery. There was also a special Shelby dash plaque above the glove box, but that appears to be missing here.

latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car 5c0ff_00303_kG23jA6a1v7_1200x900-610x458 Rare Rides: The 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota – a Subtle, Speedy Box Dodge   Today’s example had a high 146,000 miles, and was listed for a mere $6,000 in present condition. Since discovery, the listing has been removed. I’m curious whether the general consensus finds the Shelby Dakota a collectible oddity, or just an unfortunate historical blip.

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