Carroll Shelby: CSX, CSX-T, CSX-VNT
1987 CSX Information:
Total Production: 750 - 165 were sent to Thrifty
Based on the Dodge Shadow ES Turbo, Shelby converted the stock motor into the same one used for the 86 and 87 GLHS. Although performance oriented, the CSX had slightly less radical components. Instead of previous Konis, the stock springs are replaced with high-rate, shortened ones and the shocks/struts were replaced with Monroe Formula GPs. The tubular rear anti-roll bar was replaced by a larger, solid one. Although the previous cars where solid in the brake department, the CSX had four-wheel disks adapted from the Daytona Shelby Z. And of course we can't forget the obligatory 205/50VR-15 Goodyear Gatorbacks on Shelby wheels.The interior was basic stock Shadow with the addition of a large-gripped steering wheel with Shelby logo horn button and Carroll's signature, Shelby dash plaque, "Shelby Automobiles" floor moldings, and the new blue Shelby Turbo decal on the boost gauge.The outside, in my opinion left much to be desired. Instead of adding small airdams, Shelby went with the "Boy Racer" look and added radical (for the time) front and rear airdams and sideskirts. The stock grill was replaced with one having a larger opening. Very few decals and badges were added to the exterior and they consisted of a large circular Shelby badge in the center of the rear hatch and blue Shelby CSX decals on both doors and decklid, "Intercooled" sticker on the hood, CSX decal on the grill, and a Shelby windshield decal. This gave performance numbers of: 0-60 in 7.0 seconds, Quarter mile of 15.4 seconds, and a top speed of 131 mph. If you have any information about standard equipment, please let me know.
Mr. Shelby with 1987 CSX
CSX-T: The great Thirty Rental Car!
1988 CSX-T Information:
Total Production: 1,000
Well in 1988 Shelby produced the CSX-T, T meaning Thrifty Car Rental. The CSX-T was created solely as a Thrifty rental car, and could be rented for $34.95 per day. As with any rental car, most were sold to the public after their rental life was over. The CSX-T spec'd out very much like the 87 CSX. The CSX-T DID NOT have an intercooler. It featured the standard 1988 Dodge 2.2 liter turbo engine with no modifications. Because some intercooled 87 CSXs were sent to Thrifty, they were found to have too much power. Thrifty asked that the cars be de-tuned for the 88 year model. The interior was recycled '87 and the only item to change was the numbered dash plaque. It now had the Thrifty logo rather than Carroll's signature. All of the CSX-Ts where white instead of black but the lower body remained gray. The decals were revised to say CSX-T. The wheels were also changed; they were a new 15x6.5 5-spoke design in polished aluminum. These were the largest wheels ever stuffed beneath a Shelby. Out of the 1,000 produced - two where unique ones made: one was intercooled and given to the president of Thrifty and the other had a sunroof installed and was given to the president's daughter.
1989 CSX-VNT: The Best - Variable Nozzle Turbocharger
1989 CSX-VNT Information:
Total Production: 500 - Two were modified with DOHC for '90 model prototype that was never produced. 231 were equipped with Recaro seats, 15 with large tires and Recaro's, and two with large tires and stock seats.
Unfortunately 1989 was the last year that Shelby would create a Dodge-based front wheel drive car. The 1989 CSX was based on the Dodge Shadow and used many new technologies. Shelby based this car's powerplant on the 88 Turbo II that was then converted to Turbo IV specs. Needless to say the intercooler and one-piece tuned intake manifold were used again. However, we now have a completely different design in the turbo. Shelby used a Garrett unit that featured variable nozzles - small blades surrounding the exhaust turbine. At low turbo speeds, the blades would decrease the volume of the turbine housing, causing the turbo to accelerate quickly. Once up to speed, the blades would open to allow higher levels of boost. The nozzles allowed for the wastegate to be removed. The turbo was controlled by the car's computer. This was the first VNT ever seen on a production car. And while it did not raise the boost level, it did change the torque rating to 205lb-ft at 2100rpm. Acceleration didn't differ much from the 87 CSX, that is until the car was accelerating on a roll. Car and Driver showed acceleration in top gear from 30 to 50 and from 50 to 70 had decreased by about 3 seconds for each.
Monroe Formula GP shocks and struts, larger sway bars, and 195/60VR-15 Goodyear Eagle GT 4s make up most of the suspension changes. The interior received new cloth with a Shelby pattern on the seats and door panels. Normal instrumentation appeared was augmented with the center console boost gauge labeled Shelby Turbo. And the obligatory signature leather-wrapped steering wheel. For the exterior, it had the most conspicuous, "boy racer" body panels. A grossly large, very deep front airdam, special lower side moldings, a rear airdam below the rear bumper, and a larger wing on the trunklid. Exotic Red was used for the paint with gold CSX decals. Another first for production cars was the use of gold 5-spoke Fiberide wheels made of a fiberglass-reinforced plastic which is stronger and lighter than aluminum.
There were two options available: Goodyear Gatorbacks size 225/50VR15 and Recaro seats.
Random CSX,CSX-T, & CSX-VNT pics(if you know the owner or the # let me know). Also if you have a pic or know a site that does have a pic of a CSX-VNT that I dont have let me know, love to post all I can.
Mr. Shelby, happy 65th birthday enjoy your car!
The above is a total lose.
The only complete one out of these three.
Needs body parts anyone have some spares?
The owner of this CSX-T is Philip Sciarra. He was the last owner of this car. Anyone knows him, get this cars S/N and i'll give this car its deserved respect of it not being a lost number Shelby
Turbosunleashed.com 87 CSX(need number anyone?)
I don't have any information about the below pictured othen then they are all prototypes... If you know something i don't let me know!
At $13,495, the new 1987 Shelby CSX was a steal if you're looking for acceleration and handling usually offered by cars double that price.
The CSX is a modified Dodge Shadow ES from Shelby Automobiles, low-volume producer of performance cars. The Whittier, Calif., company is headed by former racer and car builder Carroll Shelby. He had worked out a deal with Chrysler Corp. to modify various Dodge models, then put the Shelby name on them. These models included the charger, GLH, GLHS, Daytona, Shadow(CSX), Dakota, in the early 80's mid 90's. Items that where added during the production of these cars had been replaced at the SHELBY plant. Items include...
Wheels and Tires