Original Dodge Viper: Timeless Thrills at an Affordable Price

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Original Dodge Viper
Original Dodge Viper

The first-generation Dodge Viper made a bold statement for Chrysler, featuring iconic styling and delivering a visceral driving experience. Despite lacking amenities like glass windows or air conditioning in early models, it garnered a devoted following.

While subsequent generations improved on paper, the original Viper remains highly desirable to collectors, offering a raw driving experience devoid of electronic aids. Surprisingly, first-gen Vipers are relatively affordable, with examples in good condition available for under $50,000.

Original Dodge Viper
Original Dodge Viper (Credit: Bring a Trailer)

For instance, a 1995 Viper Red model with 6,700 miles recently attracted bids up to $40,500 at auction. Sporting classic features like fog lights, side-exit exhausts, and Quartz leather seats, it epitomizes the essence of the original Viper.

Powered by an 8.0-liter V10 engine mated to a Tremec T-56 manual gearbox, it delivers exhilarating performance with 400 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. While lacking ABS, it offers a pure driving experience sought after by enthusiasts. Priced similarly to modern sports cars like the Ford Mustang, it presents a compelling option for those seeking a unique and thrilling driving experience.


By Park-Shin Jung

I am Park-Shin Jung. I am a professional content writer for cars.

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