Dodge Viper RT/10 1992 – SPRZEDANY

Słynny manager Forda, a później Chryslera, Lee Iacocca, nazwał go ogromnych sukcesem jeszcze przed rozpoczęciem produkcji. Prezentował go publiczności wraz z legendarnym Carrollem Shelbym, którego zdołał namówić do pracy nad projektem. Dodge Viper RT/10 był dla ówczesnej klienteli marki prawdziwym szokiem. Wszak w ofercie koncernu Chryslera królowały wówczas minivany i przednionapędowe kompakty, a to był prawdziwy samochód sportowy w klasycznym tego słowa znaczeniu. Mocny silnik, minimalistyczny, prosty design, muskularna i agresywna stylistyka oraz rewelacyjne osiągi – zupełnie, jak Shelby Cobra z lat 60-tych. Z silnikiem V10 zmodyfikowanym przez należącą wówczas do Chryslera firmę Lamborghini, wóz stał się ikoną. Ten egzemplarz bez wątpienia jest dziś najbardziej wartościowym Viperem na świecie. Jest pierwszym wyprodukowanym egzemplarzem i należał do zmarłego w tym roku Lee Iacocci, który będą pewnym sukcesu samochodu, zdecydował się go zachować we własnej kolekcji. Auto ma zaledwie 6500 mil oryginalnego przebiegu i zachowane jest w idealnym stanie. Mimo, że Viper licytowany był bez ceny minimalnej, sprzedany został za imponujące 285,5 tys. dolarów, czyli ponad milion złotych.

Link: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25718/lot/65/

LOT 65
1992 Dodge Viper RT/10
US$ 100,000 – 125,000
PLN 380,000 – 480,000
To be sold without reserve

The Scottsdale Auction
16 Jan 2020, 11:00 MST
Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

1992 Dodge Viper RT/10
VIN. 1B3BR65E5NV100001

488ci OHV V10 Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
400bhp at 4,600rpm
6-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*From the personal collection of Lee Iacocca
*The first Dodge viper produced, 001
*Fewer than 6,500 original miles
*Retained by lee Iacocca from new
*The world’s most desirable Dodge Viper

THE DODGE VIPER

Iacocca introduced the viper during a press conference in 1990, proclaiming that it was already a huge success before production had even begun. He invites legendary auto executive Bob Lutz on stage telling him to „build the damn thing” in front of an audience of reporters and photographers.

It’s hard to overstate how radical a car the Viper was for Chrysler in the 1990s: Here was a company best known for minivans and front-drive compacts producing an all-out sports car in the classic sense. Iacocca and the team were able to get Cobra mastermind Carroll Shelby on board to help out with the project. The Viper was a true halo car for the brand, leading Chrysler into the 1990s and in a new direction. Bearing a powerful engine, a minimalist, straightforward design, muscular and aggressive styling, and high performance, the Viper was conceived as a historical take on the classic American sports car. The Viper debuted as a concept in January of 1989 and soon found its way onto the production line, with the first customer cars getting delivered in early 1992. From the start, the car was a raw beast, powered by a massive V-10 engine heavily modified by Lamborghini, which at the time was owned by Chrysler. Still as aggressive as ever, the Viper soldiers on today as an unabashed example of how supercars are built in America.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Bonhams is honored to offer this very special piece of automotive history. This 1992 Dodge Viper is the first example off of the production line, carrying number 001. In addition to being the first examples of Dodge’s radical supercar, this car has been under the care of one individual since its birth – the legend himself, Lee Iacocca. At the press conference where Iacocca introduced the car to the world with the help of Carroll Shelby and Bob Lutz, Iacocca stated „back in the 60s old Shelby there and I did something called the Cobra. Shelby took the first one we built, he took it off the line and he told me you get number two and I argued with him and said, I think it’s a lousy car – so I passed” He goes on to say „I am not making the same mistake twice!, this one, this one right here is mine!” As he points to the car on stage with Carroll Shelby beside it.

After it’s press tour and a short stint in Colorado, the original Viper would spend the next 25 years in California. All services were carried out by Crystal Chrysler of Cathedral City, California. Today, having covered less than 6,500 miles, the car is virtually indistinguishable from when it was on stage being introduced to the world all those years ago. The Dodge Viper is a car that will undoubtedly go down in history as one of Dodges greatest creations. This particular Dodge Viper, 001, Lee Iacoaca’s personal car from new, is without a doubt the finest and most desirable Dodge Viper in the world.