Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#518 of 750: 1987 Dodge Shelby CSX

I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- anything touched by the ten gallon hat sporting Texas chicken farmer is gonna be worth something in the future.  It doesn't really matter how terrible the donor chassis was, or what sort of shortsighted bean counters ruined the original version, but if Carroll Shelby put his name on the side of a Radio Flyer, fat cats would drop big money on clean examples under air conditioned tents at big name auctions.  The bare bones could even be the totally underwhelming Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance...or have I gone too far?  Find this 1987 Dodge Shelby CSX offered for $5,700 via Cincinnati craigslist.   Tip from FuelTruck.

The Chrysler corporation produced a P-platform (P for pathetic) economy car badged as the Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance from 1987-1994. It was an pitiful front wheel drive crapcan assembled by the blind and accidentally purchased by people who thought they were signing up for the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes.  Salvation for the Shadowdance came when Carroll Shelby purchased 750 bodies in white for his Carroll Shelby eXperimental project.

The big part of transformation was under the hood, where a version of Chrysler's 2.2 liter inline-4 cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engine - putting out 175 horsepower and 175 ft-lbs of torque was originally installed -- but, the biggest change to the character of the Shadow was the addition of stiffer suspension and proper handling dynamics. 

This CSX has had its glove box signed by the man himself, and if you missed your chance for a signature, you're gonna have to wait for the afterlife to get it on yours.  And good luck getting a Dodge through the security line at the pearly gates.  

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  1. I actually like how the Sundance looks relative to some of its competition.

    1. I rather agree, God help me. The paint/wheels combo works really well to my eyes.

  2. Every person that knows anything about cars at least appreciates the Shadow, even if it's not their thing. They're powerful but light, which makes them exceptionally fast. There is nothing weak about them. Whoever wrote this obviously is "pathetic" and has no taste.

    1. take a number and get in the complaint line behind Stan.


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