The Dakota was a compact pickup truck from Dodge sold between 1987 and 1996, which was dependable, tough-looking, and came with a wide arrange of engines and trim levels. But Dodge wanted more, and in the late ’80s, the company conceived a performance version created by legendary Carroll Shelby, who was working with Chrysler Corporation at the moment (via Hemmings).
Shelby took the regular production Dakota and installed a 5.2-liter V8 engine with 175 HP. Even though the power output was relatively small, the Dakota was light and had lots of torque which meant that this compact truck had some convincing performance. Shelby also dressed up Dakota with special paint, trim, roll bar, and wheels, which made this little truck stand on the streets. However, the price of over $15,000 was too much for most buyers, and in the end, Dodge managed to sell only 1475 of them.