Over the past three years, we have covered a lot of unique Dodge Vipers to cross the auction block. Last year, we got to see Former Chrysler Corporation CEO Lee Iacocca’s personal 1992 Dodge Viper R/T10 Roadster go up for auction. What made that car so special was the fact that it was the very first Dodge Viper ever to be privately sold. The car sold for $285,000 USD, over $233,000 more than its 1992 sticker price of $53,000, last January.
Kicking off production in January 1992 from Chrysler’s Mack Avenue Assembly Plant, the Dodge Viper was the purest form of a performance car entering the 1990s. It featured no exterior-mounted door handles, no exterior locks, nor air conditioning despite having an iconic for A/C on the climate controls (although it was eventually included as an option in 1994). Only available in “Viper Red”, the car was an instant classic. Owners who dared brave the elements could opt for the optional canvas roof, that featured zippered vinyl windows.
Under the hood, was an 8.0-liter Viper V-10 engine producing a massive 400 horsepower at 4,600 RPM and 465 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 RPM. The V-10 was mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and if you could shift fast enough, the 3,280 lb. Viper could accelerate to 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, 0–161 km/h (0–100 mph) in 9.2 seconds. Outstanding numbers for 1992 standards and all done without the aid of traction control and anti-lock brakes. The car had an impressive top speed of 165 mph for the time period as well.
While the Dodge brand manufactured only 285 cars for the initial year of production, there were a handful of celebrities to purchased one. This included Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. Yes, the Denver Bronco quarterback turned President of Operations for the team he once played for, owned one of the very first Vipers to hit the market. But what is interesting is he wasn’t the car’s first owner as he according to Title Records purchased the car in 2004 and owned it until last year.
Now, that very same car is about to cross the auction block this next month during the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. The car was the 45th 1992 Dodge Viper R/T10 Roadster built according to its VIN number and currently has only 7,935 actual miles on the odometer. According to its listing, the car was stored and maintained in the showroom of one of Elway’s dealerships located in Greeley, Colorado.
The car currently has No Reserve price on it and is set for auction with Lot # 1036. Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is scheduled for March 20th to the 27th.
How much do you think this car will go for when it crosses the auction block in Scottsdale next month? Leave your comment below or in the MoparInsiders forums.