This past week a 1996 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe with 5,084 miles on the odometer at the Mecum Kissimmee event collected a total of $148,000 when it crossed the auction block. The second-generation (GEN II) has been regarded as one of the most recognized versions of the sports car, thanks to its GTS Blue exterior paint and iconic white stripes. The car was an instant hit with fans when it first hit the track to pace the 80th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Joining the Viper for race duties, was the 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 as the race’s “Official Truck”. The “Indy 500 Special Edition” Ram 1500 shared the Viper GTS pace car design theme with a Brilliant Blue Pearl paint with Quartz White dual stripes. The trucks were only produced during the Spring of 1996.
The limited-production Indy 500 Special Edition began life as a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Regular Cab Short Box Sport 4×2 equipped with the 5.9-liter MAGNUM V8. The Ram 1500 Indy 500 Special Edition included the following…
- Ram 1500 Regular Cab Short Bed 4×2 – (BR1L61)
- 5.9-liter MAGNUM V8/4-Speed Automatic Transmission Laramie SLT – (26G)
- Brilliant Blue Exterior Paint – (PCH)
- Sport Package – (AGG)
- Indy Package – (AGJ)
- 5.9-liter MAGNUM V8 with + 15 Horsepower (245 net BHP)
- Monotone Paint Treatment
- White Accent Stripes
- “Dodge” Windshield Graphics
- 17-Inch American Racing Wheels
- 17-Inch Goodyear Eagle GTII Tires
- Sport-Tuned Exhaust with Chrome Tip
- Commemorative Indy 500 Graphics (Shipped Uninstalled with Truck)
- Indy Package MSRP (over SLT Sport) – $1,350
There were several available options one was able to select on the Indy 500 Special Edition. That included the following equipment…
- 3.92 Axle Ratio (3.55 standard) – (DMH)
- Axle – SureGrip – (DSA)
- Brakes – 4-Wheel Antilock – (BGK)
- Bumper – Rear Step (Painted Blue, Replaces Standard Valance Panel) – (MBQ)
- Floor Carpet Delete – (CKQ)
- CA/MA/NY Emissions – (NAE)
- Border States Emissions – (YCF)
- Engine Block Heater – (NHK)
- HD Service Group – (ADJ)
- Power Dual Bright 6-Inch x 9-Inch Mirrors – (GPP)
- AM/FM Stereo Cassette with Graphic Equalizer – (RBN)
- AM/FM Stereo CD with Graphic Equalizer – (RBR)
- Seat – 6-Way Power Driver – (JPS)
- Trailer Tow Group (Required MBQ Rear Bumper) – (AHC)
- Travel Group – (AWK)
- Dual Lighted Visors – (GNG)
- Window – Rear Sliding – (GFD)
Equipped with the 5.9-liter (360 cubic-inch) MAGNUM V8, the Ram 1500 Indy 500 Special Edition produced 245 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.9-liter featured Sequential Multipoint Fuel Injection (SMPI), a progressive-bore throttle body, aluminum intake manifold, high-flow exhaust manifolds, short-stem valves, powdered metal rocker arm fulcrums, extra-thick rocker arm covers, serpentine belt accessory drive, heavy-duty spark plug wires, and high-flow water pump.
This particular truck shown is currently available on “Bring A Trailer” and only has 1,000 miles on the odometer. It still prominently features its “Official Truck” and “Indy 500” decals and was equipped with a number of options like AM/FM CD player with Infinity premium sound, dual-lighted vanity visors, sliding rear window, and Travel Group.
The truck has all of its original documentation and looks pretty immaculate considering it’s 25 years of age. At the time of this writing, the truck has a bid of $22,750 USD, slightly more than its original $22,452 sticker price.
To see more on the truck, or to make a bid you can visit the Bring A Trailer website.
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