Like other Shelby Dodge models, early Vipers where perhaps not the most sophisticated of vehicles. They were, however, fantastically entertaining. The simple design made for the kind of pure, but utterly terrifying, driving experience that Bill Cosby had described in such detail with his Cobra Super Snake. The Viper has since become a more sophisticated machine, and Shelby went on to other projects, but his years at Dodge did the company a lot of good. And even if you don't care for most of what he did there, you'd have to agree that the Viper more than made up for the other cars.