The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Viper notes that it’s a color that practically nobody wanted when it was new. Will that resulting rarity make its price something you’d really want it to be now?
Yesterday’s 1971 Peugeot 304 proved to be one of those rare candidates where its support in the comments failed to match that in the actual voting. The inequitable result was that while generally considered a pretty sweet ride, it fell in a 60% Crack Pipe loss.
The French haven’t been too lucky here of late, but if you are seeking to get lucky - say at your local watering hole - then there’s no better wingman than one of Dodge’s insane asylums on wheels, the Viper.
When it first debuted as a show car back in 1989, the Viper was greeted with an almost unanimous chorus of build the damn thing. It was up to a hand-picked engineering team to tackle this daunting task. The original road car that resulted was notable for both its unabashed presentation of raw, swagger-dick horsepower, as well as its unwavering avoidance of any safety nanny mechanism for keeping all those ponies in check. In its day, that first Viper was as close to strapping on a solid-fuel rocket as an American car buyer could probably get.
This 2009 Viper brings even more horses to the party - 600 from its 8.4-litre V10 in fact, which is a lot of hooves. But it also has been civilized to a certain extent. This model, with its roll-up windows, one-hand top, and fancy stopping-before-the-school-bus ABS brakes makes certain necessary nods to comity. It’s sort of like Tarzan after Jane had her way with him.
It’s still capable of raising a ruckus however, as the TR6060 six-speed and GKN Visco-Lok LSD do their best to help you sublimate the back tires while on your way to 100 miles per hour in less than 9 seconds. If you could do that without giggling uncontrollably then you’re a better person than me.
On this one, those smoke-makers are wrapped around a set of chromed factory six-spoke alloys and above those is a color combination that the seller says is one of only three ever built. That’s said to have originally been a special order, and is comprised of snakeskin green pearl paint on the outside, and the premium tan leather-trimmed interior for all your ass-planting pleasure.
Topping it off - literally - is a light-tan convertible roof. That’s perhaps the least appealing aspect of this car’s visual presentation, and while the seller touts the rarity of this color combination, you have to wonder whether if so few people wanted it back when you could get the factory to build you one this way, why would people want it now?
Mileage on the car is low and the seller says that he’s had Vipers prior to this one so it probably hasn’t been subjected to a dilettante’s neglected maintenance. It also looks to be in as-new condition and comes with a clean title and the original window sticker.
That sticker puts the cars’s original MSRP at $96,460. It now comes with an asking price of $77,500, but hey, at least you don’t have to pay that gas guzzler tax! What do you think about that current price for this claimed one-of three Viper? Does that sound like a deal? Or, rare or not, is this Viper’s price snake-bit?
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