1989 Shelby CSX VNT

GAA Classic Cars February 2021
Thursday, 25 February - Saturday, 27 February 2021
Sale Price
26 February 2021
Sold Date
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Unrestored original
GAA Classic Cars
Auction House
Chassis no. REC23A148C002601WI. Exotic Red over gray cloth. 2.2/175hp turbo four, 5-speed, gold composite wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Recaro seats, power steering, air conditioning.

Evaluation: Car 281 of 500 produced. Represented with 38,852 original miles, ownership history, and original window sticker. Used but maintained engine bay. Clean, lightly aged interior. A well-kept and relatively rare Shelby Dodge pocket rocket.

Bottom Line: Based on the Dodge Shadow, the CSX (Carroll Shelby eXperimental) was built from 1987 until 1989, and the final year introduced the VNT (variable-nozzle turbo) model, claimed to be the first use of a variable turbine in a road car as well as the first use of composite wheels on a road car. Shelby also upgraded the suspension and the brakes. All impressive stuff, even if to the casual observer it still looks like just a mildly souped-up ’80s econobox.

The Shelby Dodge partnership was surprisingly prolific and lasted for most of the 1980s, but it didn’t produce any true icons the way Shelby’s partnership with Ford did. Shelby Dodges do have a following, however, and this one sold reasonably well given its age and mileage. For reference, though, its window sticker reads $12,376, or about $26,000 in today’s money.

by Andrew Newton
9 March 2021
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