Performance Bargain: 1998 Dodge Viper – SOLD!
July 1st Update: We confirmed the listing for the Viper expired, so we’re calling this one “Sold!”
In honor of Sports Car Saturday, a modern-day classic is up for your consideration that indoctrinated young enthusiasts into the world of brutally fast and extremely crude muscle cars. The first-generation Dodge Viper looked like it barely changed from the concept drawings and what appeared as a teaser in car shows around the country, and today, it is a screaming deal on the used-performance car market. Check out this 1998 RT/10 we spotted on Craigslist in June 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland, for just $17,300 with only a tick over 5,000 miles on the clock. How is that even possible? Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool will only cause you to scratch your head further, as a “Fair” model is priced at $26,300 – and this example is almost $10,000 less than that with time-capsule mileage.
Now, the early Dodge Vipers have been fairly accessible price-wise for years, owing to their low-quality control and the aforementioned crude driving experience. To climb into one of these means scalding your leg on the huge sill panels that hide the side-exit exhausts, and once inside the cockpit, orienting your feet to an unusual clutch and brake pedal arrangement, which is a few inches off from where you’d expect it to be. Later Vipers corrected some of these basic noise, vibration, and harshness concerns, with the GTS coupe being a particularly impressive leap forward over the original concept. Still, if you can get past that, a Viper RT/10 is going to be hard to top in the performance-per-dollars department.
Now, the price still seems too good to be true. The low mileage, clean cosmetics, and seemingly mint condition interior all present better than you’d expect for the price listed. The seller even goes so far as to say the Viper is a no-stories example that’s never seen rain and rides on its original Michelin tires. The removable hard top is still in its protective bag, and the chrome wheels show no obvious flaws. If there are surprises lurking, they’re not obvious in the listing, so it looks worthy of a closer inspection to see if the price is too good to be true.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1998 Dodge Viper RT-10, 1 of 362 Convertibles Produced,Convertibles Produced V-10 6 Speed Manual Transmission, 5,512 Actual Miles,No Stories, Factory Leather Buckets, Cold Air Conditioning, Factory Chrome Wheels, Factory Removable Top with Protective Storage Bag, Never Driven in the Rain, Original Michelin Tires in Great Shape. 2 Sets of keys and remotes.“
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