1986 Dodge Omni GLHS For Sale in Michigan

1986 Dodge Omni GLHS Photo

Our daily Bring a Trailer email had something fun in it today: a black 1986 Dodge Omni GLHS with 6,600 claimed original miles on it. The car is being sold by what appears to be a Clinton Township, Michigan, used car dealer specializing in Whitesnake-era muscle. You know. Stuff with less than 250 horsepower that might look pretty good with Tawny Kitaen on the hood. Not 2012 Tawny Kitaen. 1980s Tawny Kitaen.

TAWNY KITAEN WAS SUPER HOT

For all you youngsters under 35, Tawny Kitaen was super hot. And the Dodge Omni was Chrysler’s answer to the Volkswagen Rabbit. Actually, it was more than an answer. It was a carbon copy except it left out all of the Volkswagen’s awesome German engineering and entertaining driving character. The Omni arrived waaaaaaay back in 1978, and by 1986 it was getting ready for retirement, having gravely disappointed customers for almost a decade.

CARROLL SHELBY SAID THE OMNI GLH “GOES LIKE HELL!”

This was about the time that Carroll Shelby, famous for the iconic V8-ification of the AC Cobra in the early 1960s, followed by a string of hot Mustangs, began tinkering with turbocharged Chryslers in the mid-1980s. The lightweight Omni was an imperfect platform, but Shelby did the best with what he had and created the first Omni GLH for 1984, as in: “Dang, Boy! That car Goes Like Hell!

DODGE OMNI GLHS WAS ONE FAST PIECE OF CRAP

An Omni GLH Turbo arrived for 1985, and for the 1986 Dodge Omni GLHS rolled into showrooms with 175 horsepower at 5,300 rpm, 175 pound-feet of torque between 2,200 and 4,800 rpm, a five-speed manual gearbox, faster steering, improved brakes, and suspension upgrades including adjustable Konis up front. The entire package weighed little more than 2,200 pounds, and was good for 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds, a quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds at 94 mph, and 0.88g on a skidpad. The original sticker price was $10,995 plus destination. Only 500 were built.

DODGE OMNI GLHS PROTOTYPE FOR SALE

The car for sale in Michigan is not one of those 500 cars. Bring a Trailer reports that it was a prototype driven by the media, and the eBay ad says this car was previously owned by legendary drag racer Don Garlits. The auction runs through March 10, and bidding is at $12,445 with the reserve not met as we post this.

– Christian Wardlaw

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