6k-Mile 1997 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe is definitely collectable

Dubbed the SR II, the second generation of the Viper was introduced for the 1996 model year and retired in 2002. Written by Tom Gale of Plymouth Prowler, the V10-powered sports car swings between two extremes: an object of expensive collection and a relatively accessible icon. .

Mileage often pushes the rating through the roof, which brings us to chassis number 1B3ER69E9VV301522 in the photo gallery. A 1997 model painted blue with less than 6,400 miles (10,300 kilometers) on the clock, this GTS coupe in competition condition was one of 965 examples produced that year.

White racing stripes embellish the second-gen Viper’s pragmatic design, and the polished cast aluminum wheels only add to the visual drama. Equipped with Michelin Pilot SX 275/40 and 335/35 by 17-inch rubber shoes, the hardtop example is as original from the factory as it gets.

Even the original Alpine CD stereo system is present, as well as the original steering wheel fitted with an airbag, the gearshift knob, HVAC black leather system, gauges and upholstery. Manual adjustments for the seats, a polished fuel-filler hatch, polished center tailpipes and a six-speed manual gearbox that drives the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential are also to be mentioned, along with 450 rated ponies. at the factory for the motor.

The 8.0-liter V10 produces 490 pound-feet (664 Nm), which is a lot for 1997 and a lot for a vehicle that weighs just under 3,400 pounds (1,542 kilograms). MotorTrend took 4.0 seconds on the zero to 60 test, and over the quarter mile they logged 12.2 seconds at 119.3 mph (192 km / h).

When brand new, the GTS sold for $ 66,700 or $ 115,510 in today’s dollars. Offered with a clean history report, chassis number 1B3ER69E9VV301522 currently costs $ 45,000 on BaT, although these top cars are worth over $ 100,000 based on market trends.

An immaculate survivor who wouldn’t seem out of place in an American car collection, this incredible Viper is sure to make big bucks.