There Is Something Very Special About This Dodge Viper

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It's as fresh as any Viper you're likely to find.

The 1992 model year Dodge Viper is a rare beast. Only 285 were made in its first year on sale, and came with no exterior-mounted door handles, key cylinders, and air conditioning was only added as an option later. The roof was made from canvas, the windows were made from vinyl, and they used zippers to open and close. The Viper was not designed as a comfortable daily driver; it was an out-and-out performance car. Under the hood was an 8.0-liter beast of a V10 engine designed with the help of Lamborghini and based on Chrysler's V8 engine, and the only control over it was the throttle pedal and a 6-speed manual transmission. If you stuffed an early Viper into an immovable object, there were no airbags to cushion the blow.

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This Dodge Viper has had just one owner, former Denver Bronco's quarterback and current general manager and president of football operations for the Denver Broncos, John Elway. He bought the Viper in 1991, and the VIN shows it was the 45th model built. Almost criminally, it only has 7,935 actual miles on the clock. However, from the viewpoint of preserving an important piece of car culture, it has been kept stored at the showroom and maintained at the John Elway dealership in Greeley, Colorado. It's also going across the auction block at the Scottsdale 2020 event being hosted early next year by Barrett-Jackson.

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Curiously, early Vipers aren't as expensive as you might expect. Low mileage examples, even from the first model year, are floating about on the internet for around $30,000. This one might go for more due to how well it has been stored and who owned it, but we're not expecting any records to be broken. A 34-mile example was listed on Autotrader earlier in the year for a shadow under $100,000, but we don't know what it sold for, or if it even sold. That was considered big money for the model, so we wouldn't be surprised if it went for less or has been stored for a later sale. At some point, early Vipers will start to climb dramatically in value.

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