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Autotrader Find: 1987 Shelby CSX

The Dodge Shadow was a very forgettable car. It was the compact car in the Dodge lineup that replaced the Omni and preceded the Neon (both of which are more memorable and interesting cars). However, there was a special kind of performance-oriented Dodge Shadow that technically wasn’t a Dodge or a Shadow at all. It was the Shelby CSX and it’s quite the rarity. There is currently one for sale on Autotrader. It’s an exceptionally clean example with 68,126 miles on the clock and an asking price of $11,900.

According to the listing, this is #27 of the 750 1987 Shelby CSX models built. It was a product of the Shelby Automobiles brand and another example of Shelby building a car based on a Dodge model like the Shelby versions of the Dakota and the Lancer. The Shelby CSX is kind of a spiritual successor to Dodge Omni-based 1986 Shelby GLH-S, another super-sporty compact.

Speaking of the GLH-S, this CSX is powered by the same “Turbo II” 2.2-liter inline-four engine which makes 175 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque and a 5-speed manual was the only transmission option. That’s quite the upgrade over the plain old K engine in the Shadow, which made 93 hp and 122 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers might not sound too crazy, but this thing delivers respectable performance with a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds, which is nothing to scoff at for an ’80s Chrysler product.

Every Shelby CSX was a two-door and we’re not sure if we should call it a coupe or a hatchback. They also all had the same two-tone black and gray paint job with some tasteful blue trim. Like with almost every Shelby model, this car has special wheels that are distinct to the Shelby. Other modifications include a revises suspension and disc rear brakes borrowed from the Daytona Shelby Z, giving it much-improved handling and stopping power.

There might not be a big collector market for this car, but it’s a pretty cool little automotive oddity that should be a genuine joy to drive. It also might be the cleanest Shelby CSX you ever find for sale. A price of just under $12,000 would normally be pretty steep for a Dodge Shadow, but this is no ordinary Dodge Shadow. Find a Dodge Shadow for sale

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  1. My first car was a 1987 Dodge Shadow sedan. It was eight different shades of dark blue, the clear coat was off the trunk, and the light blue interior had browned to the point that I’m fairly certain before my ownership  that it was at the bottom of a body of water somewhere. Piece of crap, but I had $600 for a car and it fit the bill. I oddly find myself intrigued by this one, however.

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