Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A 1986 Shelby GLHS vs a 1989 Shelby CSX

Hello, and welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend of eBay Showdowns. When Lee Iacocca was at the helm of the revitalized Chrysler Corporation, he invited Carroll Shelby to inject some excitement into the lineup, using existing product. By this time, Chrysler was awash in K-Car derivative models, the L-Body Omni and Horizon twins, and the old M-Body Diplomat and Fifth Avenue. Mr. Shelby has a lot of work on his hands, but he was able to produce some awe inspired models during his tenure at Chrysler, and here are two of his best; A 1986 Dodge Omni GLHS, and a very rare 1989 Dodge Shelby CSX. Which one would you prefer?

Let’s start with the GLHS. Records document that only 500 of these cars were built, and this particular car has only 6,600 miles on the odometer. According to the dealer who is selling this car, it was once owned by the drag racer Don Garlits, and was the prototype used in developing the GLHS for production.

According to the listing:

1986 DODGE OMNI GLHS
-6,600 MILES
-2.2L TURBO
-4 SPEED MANUAL TRANS
-GRAY CLOTH INTERIOR
-SHELBY CENTRION WHEELS
-DUNLOP 205-5-15 TIRES
-AM/FM CHRYSLER RADIO
-FACTORY CAGE REMOVED
-METICULOUSLY KEPT OVER THE YEARS.

PROTOTYPE VEHICLE FOR SHELBY – VERY RARE- OUTPERFORMED GT350
PREVIOUSLY OWNED DON GARLITS – ALLO DOCUMENTATION AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES. ROAD & TRACK

The opening bid for this Omni GLHS is $10,000. I would suspect the price to go up a lot more, but these cars have always been under appreciated. See the listing and tell me what you think about this Shelby built from an Omni.

Now onto the CSX. During the 1989 model year, the CSX was actually the CSX-VNT because it was the first car to use a new technology, the Garrett variable-nozzle turbocharger. The variable geometry turbo vanes were computer controlled and needed no wastegate. Instead, they adjusted the flow of exhaust gasses to spool up instantly and provide strong power. Turbo lag was eliminated, with full boost (15 psi) available at 2100 rpm. It was among the fastest cars in production at that time. Only 500 were built.

According to the listing:

You are bidding on a 1989 Dodge Shelby CSX, #192, with only 52,756 miles. This is one of 500 made. It has been in storage for the last 8 years. Always garage kept – no weather (rain, snow). The car was originally bought at Peninsula Dodge in Newport News, VA. The original owner took it to CA. and then we bought it and had it shipped to PA. This car was equipped with the Recaro seat option (which makes it more rare). All the Shelby equipment is intact and original. The ground effects are not broken, chipped or cracked. This car has ZERO rust. The car was recently tuned-up and the oil changed. The only known problem is it drips alittle bit of oil. Reason for selling is we are buying a house.

With only 12 hours to go as of this writing, the top bid currently sits at $5,600, with an unmet reserve. This car still rides on the very rare set of Fiberrides, which are composite rims that are said to be lighter than any other type of wheel. See the listing here, and tell me if this is the FWD Shelby you’ve been longing for.

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One response to “Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A 1986 Shelby GLHS vs a 1989 Shelby CSX”

  1. Warren Tom Avatar
    Warren Tom

    As the former owner of a 1986 Shelby GLHS and the current owner of a 1989 Shelby CSX-VNT, I would say the choice comes down to civility of driving experience. The GLHS original mission is simplistic – Go fast for not mch money. Everything about it feels cheap, but its mission is clear. It is simply the most thrilling car I have ever driven – Fast, maneuverable, and scary. Can play with Fiesta ST’s and Subaru STi’s, yet is near 30 years older. Because of the brute force power in such a light body, you always feel like you are always one incident away from ending your life. The CSX is like a “gentleman’s car” in comparison. The power comes on progressively, unlike the GLHS power which comes on like flicking a switch. The CSX has better seats, particularly if you have the Recaro option. The power is the same, but the CSX is a heavier more substantial car. Everything feels upgraded versus the older car. Tho it lacks the same driving thrills of the GLHS, the CSX is still a rocket on rails.

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