Nobody Wants This Ferrari-Smashing Hennessey Venom GT

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One of just seven record-setting hypercars is still up for sale.

Although it might look like a stretched Lotus Elise at first, we can assure you the Hennessey Venom GT is much more than that. Only 13 examples were built starting in 2011 through 2017, of which seven were coupes and six were Spyders. While its exterior may have looked a bit off for some, its performance capabilities were never in doubt. In January 2013, a Venom GT set a Guinness World Record for the quickest street-legal production car at the time with a 0-186 mph sprint of 13.63 seconds. The following year, another Venom GT managed a top speed of 270.49 mph at NASA's landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The list of speed accomplishments goes on, but it's evidently clear the Venom GT is special for so many reasons.

And it's not every day that one comes up for sale, given its rarity. Well, today is one of those days.

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This 2014 Hennessey Venom GT is currently up for sale on Autotrader for an asking price of - wait for it - $1,250,000. That's actually not a totally unreasonable price because buyers were originally charged $1.5 million. This is the same Venom GT that first went up for sale last December and still no buyer has been found.

The reason why it's listed (and titled) in the ad as a 2010 Lotus Elise is because that's how it started life out prior to Hennessey's complete transformation. In fact, the original cowl, windshield, and VIN are from the Elise. Power, however, is a different story entirely.

Hennessey sourced a Chevy LS7 7.0-liter V8 and then added a pair of turbochargers. Total output now comes to 1,244 horsepower sent to the rear tires via a Ford GT-sourced six-speed manual transmission. The Venom GT shown here is build No. 9 and the only white-colored example produced.

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What's more, it's the only privately-owned vehicle to be displayed at the Concept Greens at Pebble Beach. The dealership who posted the listing claims the Venom GT has been inspected and recently serviced so there shouldn't be any issues. We wouldn't expect for there to be considering its total mileage amounts to only 745 miles.

Hennessey is currently at work on the Venom GT's successor, the Hennessey Venom F5, but we expect its reveal to be delayed due to current circumstances. However, when the Venom F5 does eventually launch with more than 1,800 hp and an ultra-light carbon fiber chassis to challenge the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut's top speed, chances are the Venom GT could increase in value as its capabilities and significance are reexamined.

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