For the majority of the 1980s the compact Dodge Ram Mini pick-up was actually a Mitsubishi truck, simply re-badged for sale in the USA. That changed in 1987 when Dodge brought out their home-grown Dakota to replace it. It was bigger than most of its rivals plus ran a 238ci (3.9-liter) V6. Two years later Dodge offered a Sport version of the same truck, with blacked-out trim and alloys. Carroll Shelby decided to go one further when he offered his Shelby Dakota later that same year, by removing the V6 and squeezing in Chrysler's 318ci (5.4-liter) V8, giving it way more power. But it wasn't all about acceleration, because Shelby also added stiffer springs and dampers, Goodyear Eagle tyres and a limited-slip differential for the rear live axle. A sport steering wheel plus Shelby trim inside finished it off as a new breed of sport truck.
Shelby Dakota Specifications
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