According to its seller, today’s Nice Price or No Dice Viper was built for both the show and the go, and it has the awards from the former and the specs for the latter. Let’s see if that combo can acquit its price tag.
Jalopinions: Dodge Viper SRT-10
A double benefit was presented by the 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5XT we looked at yesterday. Not only did it show as a fine example of the desirable model, but it also afforded the opportunity to warmly greet it before every drive with the salutation “Run, Forester, Run!” Unfortunately for its seller, few of you felt those factors added up to a $15,000 asking, as the Forester flamed out in an 88 percent No Dice loss.
Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and that means a couple of things. First off, it’s the day when our Canadian neighbors to the North look down upon us and say, “Been there, done that.” It also is officially the last day when one can legitimately shake a fist at festive garland and tinsel and loudly complain that it’s “too early for Christmas decorations,” garnering sympathetic nods from others.
Most importantly, though, it’s the day when many of us give thanks for the good things we’ve got going on in life since they seem so tenuous these days. One thing I’m definitely thankful for is all of you. I’m grateful that you all come here every weekday and share some time with me, looking closely at what’s inarguably the backbone of any nation’s economy: old used cars.
Another thing for which I am grateful is living in a nation where wonderfully crazy and over-the-top cars like today’s twin-turbo, 1,500-horsepower 2004 Dodge Viper SRT10 are allowed to exist. Admittedly, that’s probably almost any country outside of Scandinavia and places where SRT10 sounds like a curse word in the local dialect, but you get the gist.
The more important question is: do you get this modded second-generation Viper? In the words of the 1960s counter-culture: can you dig it?
According to the ad, this clean-title, low-mileage (45,008) Viper was the vision quest of its present owner. Having been offered a ride in an earlier edition, they were instantly hooked by the Viper’s, how shall we say it, uniquely brutish charms. Sixteen years later, they bought this car but wanted something even more out of the ordinary than just a run of the mill limited edition V10 super sports car. That led to the engine being pulled and then rebuilt with strengthened internals, a displacement bump to 562 cubic inches, and the addition of a pair of Precision 6266 CEA turbos to turn the Viper engine from an unruly monster into a V10 version of Mike Tyson.
To back up the hot mill, this Viper has a Centerforce clutch, an enlarged oil cooler, braided fluid lines, and a rebuilt and upgraded six-speed gearbox, with the letter done just about 1,000 miles ago. The ad assures that all of the work was handled professionally and that the car has been maintained with care during its present owner’s stewardship.
A number of visual updates have also been made to the car, including black plasti-dipped wheels, a sprinkling of carbon fiber trim in the cabin, and a hella-big wing bolted to the boot lid. That all makes the car stand out even more, and the ad does, in fact, include pictures of the car festooned with the car show trophies it has won.
Nothing about the car looks to have changed since then, and while the seller says this was their holy grail project, health issues are now forcing its sale. The asking price is $79,995, which works out to $53.53 per pony from that killer V10 mill. The seller says that they consider that to be a “very reasonable” price and counsels parties not to bother lowballing them.
Naturally, we’re above lowballing, but at the same time, we don’t like to get ripped off either. With that in mind, what’s your take on this modded Viper and that $79,995 asking? Does that feel like a deal for a car that’s just so “extra?” Or is that price have you saying “No thanks”?
Dallas, Texas, Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.
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