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    What do you do when Federally mandated Corporate downsizing forces a bland econobox into the marketplace? You pretty it up and bring back a name long associated with power and muscle, of course!

    To add to the confusion, hand a few of them to famed Carroll Shelby and see what he can do with them...

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    Neat offering from ERTL from back in the days when most all ERTL models were made in Dyersville, IA.

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    • #3
      This Charger is one of four in a set,
      all of which are found in the database.

      Here is the other 3.

      1984 Chevrolet Corvette
      1983 Pontiac Firebird
      1984 Pontiac Fiero

      The Corvette and Firebird were also found in pull back wind up versions.
      Far as I know, the Charger and Fiero each have only one version without variations.

      Eric

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      • #4
        Great model to feature! As a former Charger 2.2 owner I'm very happy to have one of these Ertl Shelby Chargers in the collection.

        Expectations were different in the '70s/'80s. I enjoyed my Charger very much and didn't considered it "bland" at the time. I think it was actually changing consumer demands that led to the development of the L-platform cars, as opposed to federal mandates. The post-1973 Oil Crisis sales success of the Volkswagen Rabbit (and Scirocco) in the U.S. was more of a factor in co-engineering the Simca Horizon for U.S. sale than anything else. Chrysler was way ahead of Ford and GM on this.

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        That's my old ride with the winter wheel and tire combo for the snow (alloys safely in storage away from the salt and sand), along with the closest thing I could find to it in small scale below (a Hot Wheels/LEO model made India.)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lane1through75 View Post
          Great model to feature! As a former Charger 2.2 owner I'm very happy to have one of these Ertl Shelby Chargers in the collection.

          Expectations were different in the '70s/'80s. I enjoyed my Charger very much and didn't considered it "bland" at the time. I think it was actually changing consumer demands that led to the development of the L-platform cars, as opposed to federal mandates. The post-1973 Oil Crisis sales success of the Volkswagen Rabbit (and Scirocco) in the U.S. was more of a factor in co-engineering the Simca Horizon for U.S. sale than anything else. Chrysler was way ahead of Ford and GM on this.

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          That's my old ride with the winter wheel and tire combo for the snow (alloys safely in storage away from the salt and sand), along with the closest thing I could find to it in small scale below (a Hot Wheels/LEO model made India.)

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          Nice old Made In India LEO/Hot Wheels there, Lane. But it's a model of the old Dodge Omni 024, and NOT a model of the old 80's Charger like you once owned in real-life and that's the topic of this thread, unfortunately.

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          • #6
            Ah, but it is close enough for government work. The Charger was a modified Omni O24.
            The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

            Thank you for your understanding.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Matt'sCars View Post

              Nice old Made In India LEO/Hot Wheels there, Lane. But it's a model of the old Dodge Omni 024, and NOT a model of the old 80's Charger like you once owned in real-life and that's the topic of this thread, unfortunately.
              They are the same car.

              I present the sum total of the differences between the two cars:

              1). Updated front fascia with quad vs. dual lights,

              2). Easily swapped plastic part that covers rear portion of the quarter window (instead of the middle portion the same window) They made several varieties over the years to try to mix things up, as you can see below.

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              3). Model nameplates.

              Every other part is identical/ interchangeable from O24 to Charger.

              They even kept selling Shelby Chargers (with O24-style dual-headlight front clip) alongside the quad-headlight Chargers that came off the same assembly line.

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              Same car.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lane1through75 View Post

                They are the same car.

                I present the sum total of the differences between the two cars:

                1). Updated front fascia with quad vs. dual lights,

                2). Easily swapped plastic part that covers rear portion of the quarter window (instead of the middle portion the same window) They made several varieties over the years to try to mix things up, as you can see below.

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                3). Model nameplates.

                Every other part is identical/ interchangeable from O24 to Charger.

                They even kept selling Shelby Chargers (with O24-style dual-headlight front clip) alongside the quad-headlight Chargers that came off the same assembly line.

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                Same car.

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                Well, I stand corrected then, Lane! Thanks for the education, sir! I do happen to have an old blackwall HW Dodge Omni 024 from the early 80's in silver, but always thought the 1/1 had significant enough of differences from its contemporary back then, the Dodge Charger. Nope!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Matt'sCars View Post

                  Well, I stand corrected then, Lane! Thanks for the education, sir! I do happen to have an old blackwall HW Dodge Omni 024 from the early 80's in silver, but always thought the 1/1 had significant enough of differences from its contemporary back then, the Dodge Charger. Nope!
                  No problem, Matt. Is it possible you saw the quad headlights on my Charger and were thinking of the Dodge Daytona?

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                  The Daytona was sold side-by-side with the Charger, but was -indeed- a different car than the O24/Charger.

                  It was built on what Chrysler called the G-platform, which was one of many K-car derivatives, making it different than the L-platform Charger.

                  In small scale the differences are even less obvious between my car and the quad-headlamp Daytona.


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                  (Sorry for the low quality of the old photos that were sitting deep in my ‘bucket. I can’t get to the models right at the moment.)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lane1through75 View Post

                    No problem, Matt. Is it possible you saw the quad headlights on my Charger and were thinking of the Dodge Daytona?

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                    The Daytona was sold side-by-side with the Charger, but was -indeed- a different car than the O24/Charger.

                    It was built on what Chrysler called the G-platform, which was one of many K-car derivatives, making it different than the L-platform Charger.

                    In small scale the differences are even less obvious between my car and the quad-headlamp Daytona.


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                    (Sorry for the low quality of the old photos that were sitting deep in my ‘bucket. I can’t get to the models right at the moment.)
                    Yup, it sure was the good old Dodge Daytona from the very same era that first came to mind and caused the confusion, Lane! Thanks again!

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                    • #11
                      I'm seeing a custom with blisterpack/acetate sheet window glass, a Hot Wheels Omni 024 interior, real car pinstripe tape for the Shelby stripes, 3D printed Mopar turbo-era wheels from OFAS, and a much thinner paint job, off a playworn one of these..

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                      • #12
                        I hope you find a playworn example, that would be nice to see.

                        This car certainly deserves an update, particularly the Shelby Edition.
                        The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                        Thank you for your understanding.

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                        • #13
                          funny is I may have seen that Charger with a Mitsubishi name on it

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