1996 Dodge Viper

Mecum exceeds $200M in Kissimmee
Thursday, 6 January - Sunday, 16 January
Sale Price
$75,000 - $100,000
Est. Range
14 January 2022
Sold Date
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Mecum Auctions
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Chassis no. 1B3BR65E1TV100297. Viper Red over black leather. 488/415hp, 6-speed, optional Mustard Yellow wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, hardtop, factory cassette stereo. Red steering wheel, shifter, and parking brake cover.

Evaluation: 730 miles, interesting colors, and like-new.

Bottom Line: 1996 brought the Viper’s first major refresh with improved chassis, suspension, and brakes. These made Chrysler’s outrageous two-seater more manageable to drive without losing its over-the-top performance. A new GTS coupe with a higher output (450hp) engine also arrived for 1996, while the RT/10 roadster kept on with a still potent 415hp engine until 1998.

GTS coupes are generally more desirable than the less user-friendly roadsters, but all driver-focused cars from the 1990s seem to be getting more expensive these days and Vipers have been on the charge for a couple of years now. This price in Kissimmee isn’t a record (we’re not sure if those yellow wheels helped or hurt) but it is very high, and it would have been unthinkable in 2019 or so.

by Andrew Newton
25 January 2022
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