GT350H's Red Headed Step Sister, The Shelby CSX-T Thrifty Rental

The Hertz GT350H is a high dollar collectible sought after by Shelby fans and command six figure prices from sites like Hemmings.com. Many years later Papa Shelby had relations with Thrifty Rental Car and spawned a Chrysler front wheel drive hot rod called the CSX-T which today are 100th the cost of a Hertztang.

In 1966 Carroll Shelby partnered with Hertz Rent-A-Car to provide Shelby Mustangs for the rental market. Post rental thrashing, the cars were returned to Shelby and he sold them to the public for cheap because nobody wanted an ex-rental car. Today the original 1966 Shelby GT350H rental cars are worth big bucks...not sure about worth, but are sold for big bucks. Save your 401k for retirement and instead buy this 1987 Shelby CSX-T Thrifty Rental car for sale in Henderson, NV currently bidding at $750 with 1 day to go via ebay (and on craigslist for $2k)

GT350H's Red Headed Step Sister, The Shelby CSX-T Thrifty Rental

Only 1000 of the CSX-T models were ever produced, making them similar in rarity as the 1966 GT350H. Unfortunately this is where the similarities end...as the GT350H was rented by racers and campaigned in SCCA races on the weekend, but Thrifty CSX-T was driven to Thriftys on the weekend for ice-cream, in 1987 the days of racing a stock car in SCCA was ancient history.

The CSX was based on the Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance, but with a sprinkling of Mr Shelby's magic powder to make things more fun. Shebly added a bit more power, some stiffer suspension parts and cosmetic external pieces to put a little more quick-step in the Shadow's dance routine. This particular CSX-T is wearing a coat of faded or flat black paint and fits the bill for an 80s rat rod. The 2.2 liter Chrysler turbo I engine was equipped with a non-intercooled Garrett T03 turbocharger boosting the power output to 146 horsepower and 160 ft-lbs of torque. Power is put to the front wheels via a 5 speed manual gearbox.

GT350H's Red Headed Step Sister, The Shelby CSX-T Thrifty Rental

This CSX-T proudly displays its "Thrifty" dash plaque and is number 775 out of the 1001 cars produced. We don't think that the CSX-T will ever be as sought after as the GT350H, but clearly the current prices are nearing bottom and this would be a good time to pickup a clean example...

GT350H's Red Headed Step Sister, The Shelby CSX-T Thrifty Rental

If have your heart set on a front-drive Shelby coupe, but you prefer a Dodge Shelby Daytona, those are cheap too! Here is a 1989 Shelby Daytona near Washington, DC that looks in fair shape for $2500.

Originally published as 1987 Shelby CSX-T, Thrifty Rental on the dailyturismo.com

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