Fortunately it was saved, but the damage was done.
The Dodge Viper is no more and the automaker has no intention of bringing it back. But if there's one thing we all need to remember in the auto industry, it's this: never say never. The reborn GMC Hummer EV is proof. This isn't to say the Viper will one day return as an all-electric vehicle, but such a scenario should never be ruled out. Regardless of whether or not that'll even happen, there are still plenty of used Vipers still lurking about, and their price tags can vary greatly.
Take this 2001 Viper GTS, for example. Under normal circumstances, it'd be worth $49,950. There are also just 35,736 miles on its odometer. On paper, this sounds pretty good, but then you see the photos. Yes, this innocent Viper suffers from significant burn damage.
Unfortunately, we don't know exactly what happened, but it was definitely caught in a fire, though the Viper itself wasn't the cause for the flames. Its 8.0-liter V10 engine with 450 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque appears to be intact, though we wouldn't assume it still runs.
The interior also looks just fine despite some expected wear and tear any two-decade vehicle would suffer from. The front end and hood, however, are cooked. Chances are there was a garage fire or something like that and the Viper stayed inside a little too long before being saved from complete destruction. And now it's up for sale on bidding website Salvage Offers.
Those who are good at wrenching and problem-solving may find this to be a very tempting proposition. Chances are the engine will need to be replaced and locating another second-gen Viper GTS V10 could be a difficult and time-consuming task. But that might be the biggest challenge. A new blue paint job is a must as fire-induced paint bubbles are all over the front, hood, and parts of the roof. The rear end and that massive fixed spoiler actually look ok just fine.
This Viper GTS is currently located in Minnesota and the auction is scheduled to begin on January 5, 2021.