Shelby CSX History


The Shadow

In 1985 Chrysler announced the Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance. The new cars were to be slightly larger, heavier, and more expensive than the older Omni and Horizon they were intended to replace. The popularity of those cars, however, delayed the actual introduction of the Shadow and Sundance until the 1987 model year.

The Shadow Goes
The Shadow Goes
When first announced, Chrysler said the new AP-body (commonly called simply the P-body) cars would have a 1.8L derivative of the popular 2.2L four-cylinder engine. However, when they finally appeared in the fall of 1986, Chrysler stuck with the 2.2L and 2.5L engines already developed. The body styling was very similar to the LeBaron GTS and Lancer (H-bodies). Although they didn't look it, the P-bodies were hatchbacks with a large trunk space that was even larger when the rear seat backs were folded down.

Shadow from DaimlerChrysler's site
Shadow from
DaimlerChrysler's site
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According to a press release, 1,423,068 P-body cars were made during an eight-year production run. The last Shadow was produced on March 11, 1994, at the Sterling Heights, MI plant. DaimlerChrysler actually has one picture of a Shadow on their Web site (as of January 2001).

Shadow review in Car Craft
Shadow review
in Car Craft
A review of the new Shadow appeared in the August 1987 issue of Car Craft. It mentions the CSX, not by name, but as an upcoming Shadow with "the Shelby treatment." The 1987 Shadow's base price with the standard 2.2L throttle-body injected (TBI) engine was $7,499.

More Shadow and Sundance history can be found at Auto-Enthusiast and at the Allpar Web site.

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