Built by Carroll Shelby and friends, the unique sports car is now up for sale.
In the late 1980s, the Dodge Viper was conceived as sort of a modern-day reimagining of the Shelby Cobra - a curvy, sleek, low-slung American sports car with more engine than was strictly necessary. But the Viper was actually set to get a whole lot more "Shelby" a few years after its introduction, as Carroll Shelby and his friend Dan Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Motorsports developed a specially tuned version of the second-generation Viper: the Dodge Viper GTS CS.
Sadly, the project was scrapped as Carroll Shelby suffered from declining health, putting the kibosh on all 50 of the cars intended for production - but not before Shelby and Fitzgerald managed to complete a prototype.
Now, that prototype - the one and only Dodge Viper GTS CS in existence - is headed to Mecum's annual Kissimmee auction in January. It's a striking red car with a custom open-grille front fascia designed to evoke the original Shelby Cobra, and some distinctly Shelby-esque Le Mans stripes. Output is said to be 450 horsepower, but we're not so sure that's accurate, given that it's identical to the factory Viper GTS power rating. Surely this prototype's modified intake and exhaust, high-performance plug wires, and custom fuel and ignition mapping count for something.
Apart from all that, the Viper GTS CS features a 3.73 rear end, striking lightweight 18-inch Shelby wheels, racing harnesses, and an extensive list of aesthetic modifications - things like Shelby badging, unique side vents, Shelby signatures on multiple surfaces, and a bespoke leather interior with a striking red-and-black color scheme.
This represents the first time ever that this one-off Dodge Viper GTS CS will be sold; incredibly, it's had just a single owner for the past 23 years, making it the rarest, most exceptional sort of "survivor". We have no idea what this stunning, unique piece of automotive history will go for at auction, but if we had to guess, we'd put the amount somewhere between "a lot" and "holy hell, who has that much money lying around?"