When the third-generation (GEN III) Dodge Viper made its debut in 2003, it did so in the form of a roadster. It would take until 2006, for Dodge to release a coupe. The 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe was the answer enthusiasts at the time had been asking for.
But it was more than just slapping a roof on the striking SRT-10 Roadster. Only the front fascia, front fenders, hood, and doors are shared between the Roadster and Coupe models. In addition to a new canopy and decklid, the Coupe featured a unique windshield surround, door side glass, rear fascia, rear quarter panels, and taillight (taken from the original GTS Coupe). The SRT-10 Coupe even included the “double-bubble” roof, an iconic design treatment taken from the Shelby Daytona that the original Viper GTS Coupe was based on. It would become a key element of every Viper coupe in the car’s 25-year “hissstory”.
One thing the Viper is known for is how many special editions of the car were made. One of those special editions for the 2006 model year was the Viper Club of America (VCA) Special Edition. Only 50 units were produced for members of the Viper Club of America. But what set this car apart from the standard offering?
- Unique Viper Red with Stone White Stripes Paint Scheme (only time the combination was used for 2006)
- Red Stitching Accents
- Steering Wheel
- Hand Brake
- Red Background on the Viper Hood Badge
- Red Background on the Viper Steering Wheel Badge
- 5-Spoke Aluminum Polished Wheels (18-Inch x 10-Inch, Front/19-Inch x 13-Inch, Rear)
- Serialized Dash Plaque
- VCA Exterior Decals
Those who wished to purchase one of the cars at the time were placed in a lottery and randomly chosen on December 5th, 2005. Since then, the 50-unit run has become the most sought-after Vipers from the GEN III generation.
This particular one-owner car is scheduled to cross the auction block at Mecum Dallas 2022 on Saturday, September 10th. The car only has 2,049 miles on the odometer.
Under the hood, is an 8.3-liter (505 cubic-inch) Viper V-10 engine, delivering 510 horsepower (380 kW) and 525 lb.-ft. (712 Nm) of torque. Power is sent from the motor to the ground via a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission and a 3.07:1 rear axle.
The car also features Xenon HID headlights, power windows/locks/mirrors, AM/FM stereo with a 6-disc CD changer, and preferred suede and leather bucket seats.
With Vipers selling for all-time record numbers, it will be interesting how much this car goes for once it crosses the block. For more information or bidding details, you can visit the dedicated Mecum page for the car.