At the recent Bonhams auction event in Scottsdale, Arizona, the first Dodge Viper to ever come off the production line went on the block. It sold for $285,000, more than double the original estimated amount.
The first 1992 Dodge Viper SRT-10, VIN 001, was none other than Lee Iacocca’s. He owned it since it left the plant and only put 6,500 original miles on it. After his sad passing last year, his estate decided to take this piece of history out of his personal collection and reintroduce it to the automotive world.
Lee Iaccoca is famous in the auto industry for his massive tremendous at Ford and Chrysler. He became a legend at Ford for his role in getting the Ford Mustang produced. He went on to save Chrysler from bankruptcy years later with his innovative K cars and the introduction of the first minivan, the Dodge Caravan.
When the Viper was just a concept car, Ioccoca was reported to say, “build the damn thing.” Bob Lutz, now famous in the industry, did this whole-heartedly. When the first Viper came off the line, Ioccoca said, “This one right here is mine.”
The Viper had a 40- horsepower naturally-aspirated V10 engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Its 4-wheel suspension had 4-wheel disc brakes. It was a supercar then, and it’s going price at the Bonhams auction shows it still is.
Although the Viper has been out production for a while now, you can still experience the excellence of Dodge’s innovative designs online at Rothrock Motors.