There are few more exhilarating moments with American cars than stomping the go pedal, dumping the clutch and holding the steering wheel straight. And that’s the experience you get with the Viper. Think of it like a modern-day Shelby 427 Cobra – only this one has a few more safety features and won’t overheat in traffic.
These cars were basically built around an engine — the 8.0-liter V10 — which pumped out 400 horsepower and 462 pound-feet of torque. Zero-to-60 timed at 4.6 seconds. Quarter mile? 12.9 seconds at 114 mph. And there are no electronic nannies like ABS or traction control to keep you from getting into trouble. Car and Driver described driving the car as “playing ping pong with a Louisville Slugger.” These things are blazingly fast, but if you’re going to try to drive one at the limit, you’d better know what you’re doing first.
This red 1994 example has 44,021 miles, which works to an average of 2,446 per year. They appear to be well-cared-for miles. There is no road rash evident on the front and the engine bay is well detailed. The Spartan interior is clean, not even interrupted by an air bag on the steering wheel. (Need to save weight, right?) The only obvious modification from stock is an Alpine CD player in place of the original radio/tape deck.
Most price guides peg early Vipers like this one from the mid-$20k to high-$30k level. This one started bidding at five dollars under $20k — that’s a lot of performance for the money. Click the link to its listing see where it is now — 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10