Tuesday, March 12, 2013

5k: MotoCSXotica; 1989 Dodge Shelby CSX-VNT

In the late 1980s, the Chrysler Corporation was having problems unloading its mundane P-body cars, badged as the Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance.  Enter Carroll Shelby and his five gallon hat.  Mr. Shelby added bigger turbocharger, custom suspension tuning, wheels and a bunch of Shelby themed cosmetic components to make it his own.  Find this 1989 Shelby CSX-VNT with 62k original miles currently bidding for $3,501 with 4 days to go, located in Fenton, MO from the cool cats at MotoExotica.

The name CSX-VNT is a bit strange, CSX meaning Carroll Shelby Experimental and VNT standing for Variable Nozzle Turbine, but the car was made by Carroll Shelby and he had carte blanche to do whatever he wanted after winning LeMans...like putting his name in pin striping all over the seats, defacing dashboards with magic markers, suing everyone he'd ever met, groping big Texas ladies...you know, basic stuff.

The CSX-VNT is powered by a limited edition 2.2 liter version of Chrysler 4-banger, called the Turbo IV.  The CSX-VNT's Garrett turbo uses a variable geometry nozzle to control gas flow into the turbine, to function similarly to a wastegate by regulating the turbo speed and boost levels, but allowing for much less lag at lower engine speeds. The Turbo IV is good for 175 horsepower and a 205 ft-lbs of torque at a tractor-low RPM of 2100. Some may claim that the first gasoline passenger car with VNT technology was the Porsche 997 Turbo...but they would be conveniently forgetting this FWD Dodge.

Egads!  Some vandal has defaced the interior by writing his name all over the seats, door cards, horn, dash...oh...no...that says Shelby - its okay, call off the dogs.  The serial branding inside the car is great in case you are ever driving it and wonder if you've accidentally stepped into any number of 80s FWD ecrapoboxes...nope...still in the Shelby...

All kidding aside, this is a rare and somewhat cool automobile - only 500 of the VNT models were built and it is probably a hoot to drive around...at least until your friends find out.
Image from motorstown.com
With not many of these still around, it will be interesting to see where the bidding ends.

See nicer Shelby branded livestock?  email us here:  tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. ~that interior is quite nice for an 80's Dodge. i don't know what a real Shelby autograph is worth, but does it add value equal to it's cost?
    . haven't got an explanation for the '65' road marker-looking sticker. specially considering MotoeXotica is a couple thousand yards off historic Route 66 (I-44)
    “Fiberride” compressed fiberglass wheels? who can provide more info??

    1. A closeup of the 65 sticker says something about Team Shelby Members Weekend.



    2. ~ @ 1F2F, good catch.


    3. The wheels were a fiberglass plastic composite

  2. Herr Kreutzer at TTAC has good things to say about the Dodge Shadow Turbo he once owned. Also, he's a good, nay great writer. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/turbo-love-at-first-sight/

    1. ~ right you are. not only is the car of more interest to me after the TTAC article but i will also be watching for future writing from Thomas Kreutzer. good link.


Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint Eastwood...it don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="http://www.IMAGE_LINK.com" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.