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These Dodge Vipers are actually cheap

The original Dodge Viper has become affordable, but its flaws remain. Do you want one for less than $40,000? How about two?


The myth of the 1999 lives on – 50% voted for it, and 50% for the Stealth. Nobody wanted the 95. I’ll take it! Now, let’s turn to the Stealth’s stablemate: the Dodge Viper.

The 1995 Dodge Viper R/T 10 vs the 1998 Dodge Viper R/T 10

See the 1995 listing here

See the 1998 listing here

Story time!

About ten years ago, I lived in remote north western New Jersey (great back roads). One day, I heard a rumble pull up that I didn’t quite recognize. I peaked out to see a Viper Red Viper (cool name, Dodge).

Turns out my neighbor bought it, so I asked him for a ride. Instead, he proceeded to scare the living s-h-i-t out of me. Do you know why? Because the original Viper is a gigantic pig.

It rattles like a spray can. The exhaust exits on the side, and you’ll burn off your skin. I imagine a Model T has better build quality. The HVAC controls are out of a 1992 Dodge Caravan. An Asian Hornet would offer a more comfortable ride.

But…the engine. It’s so loud and raw, and fast. 0-60 somewhere around four seconds, which in the mid-90s was like black magic. And the looks – you pull up in this car anywhere, and you’ll get attention. If you ask me, it blew away a Corvette of the time. It should have, considering the cost.

Ah, but now, they are…cheap? Kind of, anyway. Let’s take a look.

The 1995 Dodge Viper R/T 10

The 1995 Dodge Viper R/T 10. Photo: Cars & Bids

First up is the 1995:

  • 31,000 miles
  • Emerald Green over Grey
  • Clean CarFax
  • Owned in California since new
  • This is the roadster, and apparently the top goes missing a lot so it’s a big deal this one still has it.
  • A Clarion head unit is the only modification
  • Typical wear and tear, though the wheels are scratched and that needs to be fixed.
  • I like these wheels better than the 1998 variant.
  • I see haziness in the paint, so it might be worth a look to get a PPI done
  • Bid to $24,567 so far
  • A gigantic 8.0-liter V10, rated at 400 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. How did they get so little out of so much?
  • The car was stolen in April of 2000. I can’t imagine that having a bearing on the sale of the car 24 years later.

Actually…can you believe this car is 30 years old? That’s incredible. The Viper could really be bare bones – optional A/C and power windows, a plastic rear window. Just do your homework on the one you want.

Emerald Green is cool and all, but if you want a classic color…

The 1998 Dodge Viper R/T 10

The 1998 Dodge Viper R/T 10. Photo: Cars & Bids

This is a cherry SR2 example, so the side pipes go away in favor of a rear center exit, with a bit more power. Aluminum suspension components were also fitted for a slight weight reduction.

  • 9,200 miles
  • Viper Red over Black
  • Six-speed manual
  • Clean CarFax
  • Mostly southern-owned
  • Bone stock, aside from PPF
  • More power here: the same 8.0-liter V10, rated at 450 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque.
  • Just some age-related issues like seat wear.
  • Bid to $30,000 so far

This one seems pretty good, and the bidding is still early, so pricing may rise.

What’s a Dodge Viper worth?

The last gen was a good-looking car. Photo: Cars & Bids

Aside from the color and mileage, these two example are pretty close. But there were three unique generations, and some of them can climb up beyond $120,000.

The second generation might be the sweet spot, which at least attempted to make the interior a livable space. I do think it lost some of its charm in regards to styling (looks like a cartoon of the original), but all the fun bits are there. These are mostly running in the mid-$50s–$80k, depending on spec and condition.

The last generation looks sort of modern, with a screen in the middle and everything. These are mostly listed at over $100k, with the highest price over $120k. For that, I’m in a brand new Z06, sorry.

Lastly, the ACR turned the Viper into an honest to goodness track car. I can’t imagine a thing I’d rather drive less on a track than a Viper, but if you want one, you’ll pay, sometimes nearly $200,000.

Over 32,000 Vipers were produced, which I find to be an incredible number as I never see them anymore. Not even car shows.

So, would you stick your finger in an electrical socket?

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