SG Auction is proud to offer this collection of 3 late 80s Dodge offerings, each in some way blessed by the hand of Carrol Shelby, all selling individually at No Reserve!
A surprisingly prolific partnership struck in the 1980s between Chrysler Corporation and Carroll Shelby may have given a number of forgettable Dodges a fighting chance to see their values actually rise. In the early 1980s, life came at Carrol Shelby at fast! Lee Iacocca, head of all things Mopar at the time, set up Shelby with the Chrysler Shelby Performance Center outside Los Angeles and gave him free reign across Mopar’s whole 80s lineup: the Omni, the Charger, the Daytona, the Lancer ES. Starting off simple, Shelby added graphics, bodywork, and suspension tweaks, but by 1985 he really began to tune things up, literally: turbocharging!
This 1989 Dodge CSX showing production #379 on the dash tag, is selling at No Reserve! The CSX, which is built on the Dodge Shadow platform, stood for Carrol Shelby, eXperimental. Production was limited to 500 vehicles and with the completion of these cars, Carroll Shelby’s direct involvement with Dodge was complete! 1989 marked two notable technological advances to this platform: the introduction of a Garrett variable-nozzle turbo (VNT) and the application of composite wheels. Designed by Shelby and produced by Motor Wheel Corporation, known as “Fiberrides” claiming to be lighter than contemporary wheels. The engine was Chrysler’s new intercooled Turbo IV equipped with a Getrag A555 5-speed transmission. The variable geometry turbo vanes were computer controlled and needed no wastegate. Instead, they adjusted the flow of exhaust gases to spool up instantly and provide strong power. Chrysler kept the horsepower rating at 175 hp, but upped the torque rating to 205 ft·lbs at an unheard of 2100 rpm. Full torque was available from this low rpm to well past redline. Turbo lag was eliminated, with full boost (15 psi spike) available at 2100 rpm. The intense powerband, coupled with the car’s low weight, made the CSX-VNT very fast on the street. Car and Driver magazine called it “a high-tech hot rod” and “a technological showcase” and were impressed with the engine’s flexibility and top-gear acceleration. A ground effects package produced by Kaminari Aerodynamics gave the CSX-VNT a ground hugging appearance. The suspension was also modified, as the alignment specs are radically different from the other Shelby Dodges. Drivers praised the quick yet neutral handling. Shelby chose Exotic Red, a mix of bright red and maroon, with gold wheels and trim to finish this car. The MSRP price in 1989 was $15,995.
This 1986 Daytona Turbo Z CS (Carroll Shelby) with T-roof option is being offered at No Reserve! There were several changes for the 1986 Daytona. The middle “Turbo” model was dropped, leaving only two models, the base and Turbo Z. A T-roof option package was added to the list, and around 5,984 Daytona owners chose this option. The biggest addition was the C/S (Carroll Shelby) suspension package, available only as an option on the Turbo Z. This consisted of 32 mm in the front and 28 mm in the rear, anti-sway bars, performance tuned struts, and 225/50VR15 Goodyear Eagle Gatorback tires. Some 7,704 owners added this handling package to their Daytonas, this one included! Total production this year was 44,366.
Selling at No Reserve as well, this 1986 Dodge Charger Shelby is 1 of a total 7,669 believed produced! In 1985, the MPFI/Turbocharged Turbo I engine was added for Dodge’s Shelby Charger. This engine produced 146 hp and was changed from its first appearance in the 1984 Dodge Daytona Turbo. A Garrett AiResearch T3 turbocharger and Chrysler/Bosch multiple-point fuel injection enabled the 2.2 L engine to produce the additional horsepower. Dodge Shelby Chargers were available in four different color combinations: Black w/silver skunk stripe (1985–87), Santa Fe Blue w/silver skunk stripe (1983–86), Silver w/Santa Fe Blue skunk stripe (1983–86), and the color combo this 1986 Dodge Charger is wearing, Garnett Red w/silver skunk stripe (1984–87).