In the mid-80's, Dodge collaborated with Carroll Shelby on some performance versions of the popular but pedestrian 2-door and 4-door Omni. In 1990, I purchased a 1985 Dodge Omni GLH Turbo from a friend.
Like most kids my age, I was enamored with performance hatchbacks, and the GLH, at least in my mind, was the king of the hill. The GTi was arguably a better car, but the exclusivity of the GLH along with the fact that not many people had any idea what lurked under the hood, made it a really fun car to own. The turbocharged 2.2 engine produced a whopping 146 bhp, which at the time, was quite impressive. Especially considering the whole package weighed a tick above 2000 pounds. It was mated to a 5-speed, which gave it incredible pep. In addition to these performance upgrades, the GLH-T was fitted with 15" alloys and sported a nifty ground effects package including Bosch driving lamps and blacked out trim and bumpers. These touches were subtle, which helped the GLH-T remain a "sleeper".
In time, things deteriorated. In addition to the body rust that I tried hard to combat, the gearbox and clutch went on me. I had it to a few different shops, but no one was able to really fix it. Once these problems hit, I reluctantly listed it in the Auto Trader. I ended up selling it to a kid who wrecked it the first weekend he took it out. There is a small part of me that thinks it would be cool to track one down and relive my youth. If that were to happen, I would probably opt for the even-more-rare GLH-S, which is pictured above. That one had an intercooler and 175 bhp. At the time, Dodge claimed the GLH-S out accelerated the Porsche 944 and Ferrari 308 to 60 mph. Anyway, here's some shots of what was arguably the most fun car I ever had the pleasure of owning.
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