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VIN #1 SRT Viper Brings $300K At Barrett-Jackson

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On: Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 3:43PM | By: Chris Salamone


VIN #1 SRT Viper Brings $300K At Barrett-Jackson

At about 3:00PM on Saturday, a special car rolled onto the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County event. Back in April, media junkies first caught wind of a possible SRT Viper sale, and, despite months of anticipation, Saturday’s auction did not disappoint.

Teaming up with the Austin Hatcher Foundation, Chrysler offered vin numero uno of the much-adored incoming 2013 SRT Viper. And while the sale’s proceeds were to be donated to a noteworthy and significant cause, enthusiasts worldwide also took notice for another reason.

This vehicle will be the first of its kind – the scion of a new house in the automotive realm.

Aesthetically, the 2013 SRT Viper looks like Chrysler took Italian supercar design theory for inspiration…and then stayed up for a week straight listening to AC/DC and Megadeth…in an attempt to rehash traditional supercar looks in a thoroughly modern and American way. The result is a vehicle which gives every impression of adrenaline, vice, and latent hostility.

Under the hood is an 8.4L V10 good for 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque – paired to an equally exhilarating 6-speed manual transmission. Motor Trend estimates a jump from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and a base MSRP of $95,000.

Of course, the very first production SRT Viper should be worth a lot more. And it was, bringing $300,000 at Saturday’s Barrett-Jackson auction.

The bidding jumped to $200,000 within seconds, amidst cheers and an air of glee. Then, around $250,000, the auction stalled. To rejuvenate bidding, a trip to the Petit Le Mans and an SRT Track Experience were thrown in. Bidding quickly escalated and peaked at $300,000.

The Austin Hatcher Foundation focuses on pediatric cancer, with a long term goal of erasing the effects of pediatric cancer and maximizing the quality of life for those impacted – from the time of diagnosis all the way through treatment.

Interestingly, though, the SRT Viper on display was not the actual vehicle to be delivered after sale. This particular Viper was a pre-production version. But, even sight unseen, the purchase of a factory first 2013 SRT Viper for $300,000 is probably still a great investment. Chrysler is currently full-steam ahead, producing hit after hit. The SRT Viper is sure to wow journos and the buying public. Second, rarified muscle cars have been known to be valued far beyond their original list price.

Since the SRT Viper is, essentially, a modern super-muscle car and we expect it to blow the roof off of competitor vehicles (for a lot less money), long-term gains in value are highly likely. And, lest we forget, that’s a $300,000 tax write off too…


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