Perfect 1996 Dodge Viper GTS Has Been Driven Just 37 Miles

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It's in mint condition, but in 24 years, it's barely been driven.

We've always thought that the Dodge Viper was one of the most memorable American sports cars ever made. Its long hood concealed the promise of plenty of power and, in the case of this 1996 Viper GTS we spotted for sale on Bring A Trailer, power was not in short supply. Its 8.0-liter V10 engine produces 450 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque. But that's not even the most amazing thing about this blue and white-striped example; rather, it's the unbelievably low 37 miles on the clock. Apparently, the dealer in Wisconsin notes that the check engine light is illuminated, but maybe nothing is actually wrong and it's just that the GTS is begging to be driven.

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The longterm previous owner clearly had no intention of driving this Viper, which was acquired by the current dealer earlier this year. Along with that naturally aspirated V10, it has a six-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential. Considering that the demise of the Dodge Viper in 2017 came about partly because it couldn't meet upgraded safety regulations, it's worth noting that this GTS was the first Viper to be equipped with airbags. It also has marginally raised sections in the "double bubble" roof designed to accommodate helmets, appropriate since this was chosen as the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 in 1996.

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Currently, the bid for this perfectly preserved GTS stands at $77,000. That's more than a new Challenger SRT Hellcat but less than what some other Vipers have sold for. Of course, it's hard to put a price on a 24-year-old classic that has barely been driven. That price won't get you a touchscreen, but it does have a pleasingly simple black leather cabin with an Alpine CD player, power windows, and straightforward black-on-white dials, including a quartet of dials in the center stack for things like engine temperature and more. If you have the means to acquire a classic American sports car that'll turn plenty of heads, you can do a lot worse than this Viper GTS.

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