As one of the performance gems from the mid-1980s, the 1986 Shelby Omni GLHS was a modified Omni GLH with changes made by Shelby Automotive at their facility. The cars were retitled as Shelby Automobiles and sold at select Dodge dealers. While the name GLH stood for “Goes Like Hell”, the GLHS moniker stood for “Goes Like Hell S’more”.
This low-mile example is currently listed on the popular online auction site, Bring A Trailer. With only 8,190 miles on the odometer, this particular car was once titled to the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust for a time before it was acquired by the current owner in December 2020.
The car is now being offered on consignment in Florida by the California-based dealer with copies of previous California titles, magazines, and other literature, a DVD copy of an episode of My Classic Car featuring the car (you can watch the video above), an award from the 2019 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, and a clean Kansas title.
Under the hood, was a turbocharged 2.2-liter “Turbo I” inline-four-cylinder engine. Modified with pre-production pieces from what would become the Turbo II inline-four engine, the GLH-S received a new air-to-air intercooler, an increase in boost pressure, larger fuel injectors, and a Shelby-designed intake manifold to boost output to 175 horsepower (130 kW) and 175 lb.-ft. (237 N·m) of torque. The Turbo I was mated to a 5-speed A525 manual transmission. An automatic transmission was not offered.
Performance was quite impressive for the day, with a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) time in just 6.5 seconds. The Omni GLHS could run the 1/4-mile in just 14.8 seconds. The top speed for the small hot hatch was 135 mph (217 km/h).
The black hatchback features “GLHS Intercooled” side decals, side skirts, a unique front air dam, fog lamps with Bosch Pilot covers, and black-painted bumpers, window surrounds, and trim. Each GLHS came with a set of 15-inch Shelby Centurion aluminum wheels, wrapped in 205/50 Dunlop Direzza DZ102 rubber. Koni adjustable dampers and front disc brakes were also part of the package.
Some GLHS customers removed the graphics from their cars, making them the ultimate sleeper weapon to take on the 1980s muscle cars of the day.
Inside, there are gray cloth seats with vinyl accents, AM/FM stereo, a Momo leather-trimmed shift knob, air conditioning, manual-crank windows, and a rear window defroster. An Izumi leather-wrapped steering wheel was also installed. Each car got its own personalized dash plaque featuring its own special serial number of the 500 units produced. This car is #86.
A clean Carfax report, shows no accidents or other damage have happened since its first report in June 1997. As of the writing of this article, the current top bid for the car is listed at $27,750. To see more photos, learn more, or bid on the car, you can visit its Bring A Trailer page.
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