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The lowest mileage, most original survivor of only seven Sparkle Gold GTS cars made in the entire 23-year production run of the Dodge Viper.
One owner, unmodified, 3K mile, concours-condition example. Scheduled to be displayed at the 2021 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on Saturday, May 22nd.
Full service completed on February of 2021, including fresh oil/filter, brake fluid flush, hydraulic brake fluid flush and more.
Brand new, factory recommended Michelin tires all around. New battery.
EVERYTHING works as intended.
Sublime, raw and pure driving and ownership experience that few others can replicate for the money.
This vehicle comes with every piece of documentation when bought new in 1997, including original window sticker, pre-delivery inspection checklist and more.
Factory clear plastic still attached to the front bumper and sideskirts. Walk-around video at the bottom of this listing.
- Walk-around video here:
- Driving video here:
- Slow pass (Driver's side) here:
- Slow pass (Passenger's side) here:
A little history:
Purchased new thru Vigo Dodge in Indiana, this Sparkle Gold Viper GTS was delivered to its first and only owner on July 10th of 1997. "Sparkle Gold" trim was a factory option that included matte gold wheels along with matching Sneaky Pete emblems along the front fenders and it was only offered on Viper Red GTS cars (See Viper Registry link here; third table from the top Viper Registry - Build Information ).
Only seven of these Vipers would ever be made and a brief internet research shows that the remaining six have either been modified, accumulated lots of miles or have been wrecked. As a result, you are looking at the lowest mileage, most original Sparkle Gold GTS left in existence.
Chances are, you will not see another one at your next Cars & Coffee. Ever.
Shortly after after taking delivery of her new Viper, the owner shipped the vehicle to her home in Palm Beach, Florida; which is where the car remained stored, inside of an air conditioned facility until now.
Everything in this vehicle has been preserved inside a climate controled facility with very few miles driven within the past 22 years to preserve the functionality of all its systems. Power windows, cold air conditioning and stereo (the only creature comforts of these early GTS examples) work as intended.
Cosmetically, this vehicle is virtually flawles with the exception of two minor scratches under the front bumper (see photos). There is no paintwork and all exterior finish is original.
All factory clear stickers remain under the front buper and around the sideskirts.
Ultra rare wheels show no pitting, scratches or curb rash whatsoever.
The leather interior is flawless with a driver's seat that shows no wear on its bolsters and carpets that look as if nobody ever stepped on them.
Engine bay is free of dust and it preserves its "showroom" look while undercarriage is in as-new condition. No leaks under the car.
If you are familiar with early Vipers, you will know that they offer the most pure, raw and rewarding driving experiences for the money. These sensations are maximized in this case as you will drive a virtually new car.
**If you are NOT familiar with early Vipers, PLEASE take your time to become acquainted and ALWAYS treat this vehicle with respect as it WILL cut its rear tires loose well into third gear. This car is exhilarating to drive but the infamous "Snake Bite" is no urban myth. Drive it within your own limits**
The engine's V-10 smooth purr explodes in response to a wide open throtle while the massive 335/35/17 PS2's in the rear struggle to grip as you're launched forward, focusing on keeping the Viper's nose straight while you shift your own gears to 2nd, 3rd ... all the way to 6th and before you know it, you will be deep into 3-digit speeds; faster than most new "fast cars".
Drive it around town and you will find the leather seats to be extremely comfortable, almost making you forget that you're in a super-car with powerful air conditioning and factory Alpine radio.
Drivers will give you thumbs up on the road, kids will stick their camera phones out of mom's SUVs. You should also be ready to talk about your Viper when you bring it to your local Cars & Coffee; remember that most car people dreamed about having one at some point but only few actually managed to get one.
Soon you will find that early Viper GTS ownership is one of the most rewarding classic car experiences for the money.
Included with the sale:
- Complete set of owner's manuals.
- Original window sticker.
- Original new-delivery control sheet.
- Factory Viper car cover with Viper logo bag.
- Original break-in period MOPAR oir filter.
- Two sets of keys, still on dealership keychains.
- Factory sales brochure.
- Factory test drive card. Signed by Team Viper test driver.
- Unused factory spare tire.
- Unused tools.
Clean Florida title ready to transfer and clean Carfax available to serious buyers. Pre purchase inspections are welcomed and highly encouraged; you will not be disappointed.
About us: Autobahn Vault, LLC is a small family owned business. We love special cars and pour our passion thru quality over quantity. Accordingly, we only offer a handful of carefully selected machines at a time. We purchase only rare, accident/rust free and low mileage vehicles and then we carefully prepare them with YOU in mind before they are offered to the public. We know that an honest and caring business approach is the key to preserve the car hobby for generations to come.
Once we agree on a sales price , we NEVER surprise a buyer with dealer, processing, or doc fees. Of course, we do have to charge for tax, tag and title costs when applicable and as required by law.
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Price: $84,750 obo