After a decade-long performance car drought, Detroit was back in the business of building exciting vehicles for the enthusiast during the mid-1980′s. Although the formula had changed from high-compression big blocks to fuel efficient 4- & 6-cylinder turbo engines, the principal was the same.
However, many old-school fans still believe that other than the turbocharged Buick Regals of the era, there weren’t any collectible vehicles built during this time. We fully disagree. While a strong case could be made for the ’89 Turbo Trans Am, IROC’s, GTA’s, and SVO and 5-liter Mustangs, it’s difficult to overlook the impact the turbocharged Shelby cars had made.
Carroll Shelby had taken the entire Dodge K-car lineup (except for the Aries) and turned them into ground pounders. This included the Charger, Daytona, Lancer, Shadow, and in this case, the Omni.
The ultimate of the bunch was the latter. It was lightest and potentially the quickest, with the 2.2L available in two specifications, Turbo GLH and Turbo II GLHS. In case you aren’t aware, the initials stand for Goes Like Hell and Goes Like Hell Some [more].
They were small, lightweight, affordable, and thanks to it’s boosted 2.2L engine, easily modified for substantial power gains. Unfortunately they’re incredibly rare these days so when we found this one on eBay for $30,000, we had to investigate.
The body on this 1986 Omni GLHS is incredibly clean for it’s age. It only has one ding in the whole car, and the interior is immaculate. It should, since it only has 14,000 miles on the ticker. The car appears to be totally stock, and everything looks in order.
It’s definitely one of the nicest examples we’ve seen, but is it worth thirty stacks? You decide.