Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster

With its muscular roadster body, raucous side-mounted exhaust pipes and insanely powerful V10 engine, the Dodge Viper recalled the purity and purpose of the original Shelby Cobra of the 1960s. Its sheer excitement and stylistic excess made the utilitarian K-Car a distant memory and resurrected the once-proud Chrysler performance heritage.

While the Viper’s basic concept was drawn from the Izod show car of 1985, development gathered steam in early 1988 during a casual meeting between Chrysler president Bob Lutz and design Chief Tom Gale. They envisioned a simple, high-performance “image car,” an idea that was also supported by Carroll Shelby, who was acting as a consultant for Chrysler at the time.

The resulting Viper made its debut at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and was an immediate hit, drawing unsolicited order requests and deposit money on the spot. With its incredible 400-horsepower V10 engine, stunning performance potential and race-inspired handling, the Viper legend was born, and its basic essence continues today.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.

400 bhp, 488 cu. in. overhead-valve V10 engine with fuel injection, Borg-Warner six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length upper and lower control arms, coil-over shock absorbers and anti-roll bars, rear toe link, and ventilated four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.2"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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