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1983 Dodge Shelby Ram Prototype VIN. 1B7FD14T9DS492434

Sold for US$33,040 inc. premiumLot to be sold without reserve
Lot 142
From the Private Collection of Carroll Shelby
1983 Dodge Shelby Ram Prototype

1983 Dodge Shelby Ram Prototype
VIN. 1B7FD14T9DS492434

360ci V8
Single Holley Carburetor
300bhp at 6,000rpm
Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension Solid Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*From the personal collection of Carroll Shelby
*The original Shelby truck
*A Dodge commissioned Shelby experiment
*Ram styling at its finest


The full-size Ram D150 pickup prototype was built as a styling exercise at the Santa Fe Springs California Shelby/Chrysler Development center as a one-of-a-kind vehicle built to resemble the prior year's Shelby Charger Prototype. The exterior featured the Shelby Charger color scheme of Santa Fe Blue and Radiant Silver topped with Shelby striping. The paint adorned a custom fiberglass tonneau cover, roll bar with off-road lights, side skirts, and front spoiler. The custom-made chrome crosshatch grille featured a large Chrysler Pentastar with a massive chrome front bumper and brush guard. The package is topped with a fantastic gold Ram logo. The interior's stock bench seat was replaced with bucket seats. A Direct Connection steering wheel, CB radio and custom switches for the off-road lights were also added. Underneath, the suspension was modified in order to lower the center of gravity for better handling. Under the hood, the stock 318-cubic-inch engine was replaced with a 360-cid V-8 short block containing 10:1 pistons and a performance camshaft. The top end consisted of W2 cylinder heads with 2.02 intake valves, Holley Street Dominator intake manifold and Holley 600 CFM carburetor. All of these modification added up to over 300 brake horsepower. The 727 Torqueflite transmission with shift kit helped propel the full size truck to some very impressive speeds.


The one and only Shelby Ram Prototype has spent the entirety of its life in California under the care of its creator, Carroll Shelby. The truck is a true testament to the capabilities of the Shelby Team. It is reported that during testing, the full size truck threw down 0-60 times in the mid 7 second range and quarter-mile times in the low 16 second range at speeds close to 90 miles per hour. Having covered less than 11,000 miles from new, the truck has been incredibly well preserved, with all of its unique one-off design cues in place. In addition to the promise of being one of the most interesting trucks present at any event it attends, the Prototype is offered with a Shelby vehicle authenticity certificate certifying that the car was owned by Carroll Shelby.

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