1989 Dodge

Dakota Shelby


Engine Size
318 V8
Transmission Type
Body Style
Pickup Truck

Laser Straight - 318ci V8 - 15" hollow five-star alloys

This Shelby Dakota pickup was available for the 1989 model year only and is #911 of 1,500 produced. This 149k-mile example spent the first 17 years of its life in California. The truck is said to have been repainted at some point and has been garaged for much of its life. You would be hard-pressed to find a cleaner example of the sought-after Shelby Dakota, as this truck looks more like a 49k mile truck as opposed to its correct odometer reading. The previous owners took pride in this vehicle, and it shows. Not only by the obvious visual appearance, but also in the $3,920.97 in maintenance receipts between July 6, 2018 and August 29, 2018!!!

It is powered by a 318ci V8 and features mild factory-installed performance modifications including a lowered suspension, limited-slip differential, and transmission oil cooler. This truck absolutely runs and drives as well as the day it rolled off the assembly line.

This truck is the recipient of a highly-professional paint job in its original color and shows like new. There is not a trace of dust in the clear, fading, fish eyes or defects of any sort. I would venture to say this current paint is better than what was applied in 1989 at the factory! The factory graphics were all professionally re-installed after the re-paint, and appear to be like new as well.

The Shelby Dakotas were given a lowered stance and blacked-out front grille, bumpers, and lower valence with integrated fog lights. The black trim appears unfaded throughout, and the headlights and other lenses look clear and uncracked. The windshield is also free and clear of any defects. The rear bumper has been replaced with a custom roll pan that perfectly accents this sport truck, and looks better than the factory “truck” bumper.

The correct painted bed shows no scuffing or abrasion marks you might find with hauling chairs and coolers to local shows. Styling cues such as the fiberglass “light bar” and striping are Shelby-designed additions to further accent the style of the late 80's.

The 15″ hollow five-star alloys are original equipment and feature the original hexagonal Shelby center caps. Under the rear bumper is a space-saver spare, as well as a full sized spare with brand new tire sitting in the bed of the truck just in case.

The badging, seat fabric, and graphics proclaim the Shelby heritage proudly. The interior presents itself in extremely clean condition, and is consistent with the exceptionally maintained exterior. The headliner, carpets and dash are free from fading, cracking and any other defects. In fact… the driver's bolster looks almost new! The original Shelby 3-spoke steering wheel is a rare find, as most of these have been robbed from these trucks. The A/C has recently been serviced, and blows cold through the R-134 freon and the original Dakota stereo works perfectly. The door panels and sills also showcase the Shelby name, and show no signs of warping or bends in any of the plastic and vinyl components. Even the original Shelby floor mats are in place to protect the carpets!

Shelby Dakotas featured a 318ci V8 with throttle-body injection adapted from the Ram full-size trucks and installed with no modifications apart from an electric fan. The engine put power to the rear wheels through an A500 4-speed automatic transmission with electronic overdrive. This engine has received routine oil changes on schedule. The engine starts and runs just as it should with no exceptions or disappointments.

Having spent a large part of its life in California; the underside is well-preserved and shows only light surface corrosion on the driveshaft, leaf springs, and undersides of the frame rails. The factory single exhaust was replaced at some point due to standard corrosion, and was enhanced by a chrome tip. Shelby-specific additions to the drivetrain included a limited-slip differential and a transmission oil cooler.

This Shelby Dakota is one of only 860 produced in red and is a garage-kept example that has been left largely unmodified over its lifetime. Included with the truck are many original items such as:
- Original Shelby Dakota numbered plaque
- 1989 Dakota Owner's Manual
- 1989 Dodge Warranty Pamphlet
- Shelby Dakota Owner's Manual
- 1989 Chrysler Sound System booklet
- Original Goodyear Warranty booklet
- Original keys w/ spares

The Shelby Dakota was the first modern performance sport truck produced and paved the way for more radical trucks like the GMC Syclone and Ford Lightning. This truck is a largely original and preserved driver that has a unique presence all its own.

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Engine Type
Engine Size
318 V8


Body Color
Body Style
Pickup Truck


Dakota Shelby


Interior Color
Red & Silver
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console

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