1997 Dodge Viper 2dr GTS Coupe
1997 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe, V10, Built Motor, Fresh Maintenance, BIG HP!
The Viper was initially conceived in late 1988 at Chrysler's Advanced Design Studios with the idea of producing a modern Cobra. "Team Viper" was established and they asked the then-Chrysler subsidiary Lamborghini to cast a prototype aluminum block for the sports car. Not long after Carroll Shelby piloted a pre-production V10 car as the pace vehicle in the Indianapolis 500.
Since its introduction in 1992, the Dodge Viper instantly become one of the pinnacles of America Sports Car performance. Although the sparsely appointed street race cars in the initial generation convertible styling were well accepted there was a demand for more comforts. The second generation Viper was born with the 1996 model year having a Coupe called the GTS with a lighter more powerful engine. The styling was a huge success with the roof featuring raised sections known as the “double bubble” above each seat to accommodate drivers wearing helmets. The distinctive race inspired styling is evident in the massive side vent scoops, full width contoured Rear Spoiler and the Fuel Filler Cap. The GTS would come with the same 8.0 liter V10 engine but power would be increased to 450 HP. This model became the first Viper to be equipped with airbags and also included air conditioning, power windows and door locks. For this first year of production, all Viper GTS' were finished in Blue with White stripes, paying homage to the Shelby Daytona Coupe where it is said inspiration for the body design was taken from. As such this ferocious snake represents modern American muscle at its finest while at the same time taking a few important notes from high performance racing.
The Viper has the classic look of a champion in its Torch Red color. Lift the tilt back Hood/Front Fender unit and reveal the legendary Red Viper V10. This 8.0L power plant delivers nearly 600 HP as built and is mated to the Borg Warner T56 6-Speed Manual Transmission. Track performance is impressive with 0-60 in under 4 seconds and the ¼-mile results of Sub 12 seconds. On the street it sits menacingly on the pavement with the extremely wide Hoosier Street Slicks sporting the Viper 5-Spoke Chrome Wheels. The 2-door Coupe has an all-Black interior that provides the driver with driving comfort and conveniences for on and off the track.
This '97 Viper delivers some very special Mopar Magic in both the Coupe styling and the V10 performance. Being harder and harder to find Viper GTS Coupes have a very special element of collectability. If you missed your chance to buy one of these Dodge Vipers when they rolled off the assembly line, here is a rare second chance to acquire such a wonderful professionally modified vehicle.
This car has lived its whole life in private collections and is in good shape for its miles. This is a California and Arizona car its whole life. This car is fully loaded with every option possible, and looks like a million bucks. This is your chance to own a pre-owned Viper GTS with all the look of a show car at a fraction of original cost. This car had an out the door price of over $60,000, so don't miss your chance to own this beauty for a fraction of the original sticker.
The following is a list of options as this Viper is currently equipped:
-8.0L SRT Tuned V10 with nearly 600hp
-Borg Warner T-56 6-Speed Transmission
-17" Factory Lightweight Wheels
-Factory Disc Brakes
-Factory Alpine Stereo System
The exterior on the car is absolutely stunning. It is finished in the most desirable color of Torch Red. This color really announces that you have arrived. All glass and lenses are in great shape. The polished wheels are all perfect with no curb rash and really compliment the stylish lines of this car. The tires are OE spec Performance Radials with roughly 40-50% tread. The car is a driver condition and as expected has some fiberglass stress cracks, chips, a few scrapes and paint flaws. Its the cheapest GTS on the market for a reason.
Mechanically, this Viper runs great. I can't describe how nice this car drives. With the stomp of your foot you unleash all the power of the big V10. The car has been well cared for with all services being performed by Dodge certified service facilities, and a Viper dealer oil service just completed using Mobil 1 synthetic as recommended. Receipts for custom mechanical work total over $20,000. Built motor with Crower Stroker Kit, Full exhaust and headers, KN Intare, High Flow injectors, brand new cooling system, as well as all new AC components. New window regulators as well!
All in all, this is the lowest price Viper GTS I have owned, and have enjoyed driving it the past few months, but its time to find it a new home. These 2nd generation Vipers are just starting to become prized by collectors now that production has ceased, and this example is a super clean, low mileage car...how can you go wrong?
If you have any additional questions please call Jon at 480-703-2337. The car is located in beautiful sunny Tempe, AZ. Please email or call with any questions and I welcome international bidders! I can also help with shipping quotes and arrangements. We ship cars all over the world!
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