My dad bought a Spirit brand new in '89. He wanted the Shadow with a stick, but since it was mainly for my mom and us kids he got the 4-door and 3-speed auto...Aw yiss, them's my roots!
I got started in turbo cars with a Shelby Charger that I bought off ebay for $1k, and then eventually had all sorts of Turbo Dodges. Omnis, Shadows, a Dakota, a Caravan, etc. I always thought the Omni and the mk1/mk2 Golf looked a lot alike. Also, the history of Carol Shelby, Dodge, the Viper, GLH/GLH-S, and Mitsubishi back in the day is a really interesting story -- and became the foundation for what eventually turned into the Neon SRT-4.
Donovan's Garage was the best!