The Very First Dodge Viper Sells for Twice as Much as Expected

Dodge Viper- Covington, GA
Dodge Viper- Covington, GA

There’s no doubt that the Viper is one of Dodge’s most iconic vehicles due to its supercar performance, head-turning good looks, and premium luxury features. Continuing the car’s legacy, the very first Dodge Viper to leave the production line is worth far more than anyone expected — twice as much, to be precise.

In January 2020, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based auction house listed a Dodge Viper for sale. The car in question was originally owned by former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, who passed away last year. Though the vehicle was initially expected to net far less than $150,000, the Viper’s final sale price came to a whopping $285,000.

The car sold at the Bonham’s auction was not your run-of-the-mill Viper, however. The 1992 Dodge Viper SRT-10 listed at the auction was actually the very first Viper to ever roll off the production line. The auctioned car had just 6,500 miles on it, and featured the original manual six-speed transmission and naturally aspirated V10 engine. Despite being over 25 years old, the 1992 Viper’s 400 horsepower capability is still mighty impressive.

Despite being one of Dodge’s most legendary vehicles, it can be difficult to find a Viper for sale, even if they weren’t owned by Lee Iacocca. The last model was produced in 2017, and Dodge currently has no plans to revive the nameplate.

Even so, Iacocca’s legacy can be felt in a number of Chrysler’s vehicles, and we hope you’ll join us at Ginn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram soon for a test drive.

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