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Good Worth Or Crack Pipe

For $30,000, Might This Battle Worn 1997 Dodge Viper GTS Be Your Weekend Warrior?

It’s lengthy been stated that “chicks dig scars.” Effectively, true or not, you may dig at present’s Good Worth or Crack Pipe Viper no matter your gender, because it exhibits some critical observe taint. Let’s see if its worth is likewise tainted.

Slicker ’an a cat turd on a wet day. That simply so occurs to be the official Daimler Benz description of the styling on their first technology CLS collection. I believe I learn it in a media equipment just a few years again.


We had a 2006 MB CLS 55 AMG on the block yesterday, together with its $10,999 price ticket. That automobile was slick, but it surely additionally sported over 170,000 miles on the clock, and an expectation that someplace down the highway it will expertise some kind of costly mechanical illness.

That doable future ache initially appeared to doom the automobile, however a late inning push turned the tide giving the automobile an eventual 52-percent Good Worth win.

Hey, do you want Mickey Rourke? The actor debuted amazingly sufficient within the Spielberg clunker 1941. He’s had an up and down profession since then, in addition to a few stints as an expert boxer. That latter dalliance left him with numerous scars and the necessity for cosmetic surgery so he didn’t frighten young children along with his look (NSFW).

I solely point out Rourke as a result of he’s been in a position to keep a viable profession even along with his altered appears, and that makes him a superb reference level for this equally pugnacious 1997 Dodge Viper GTS.


Now, all of us love the primary technology GTS, proper? The coupe model of the Viper roadster has all that automobile’s balls—450 ponies, a normal disregard for human life, and many others.—however in an enclosed physique that’s each extra sensible and hella superb trying. This one nonetheless, has seen higher days.

Truly, it’s seen observe days. In accordance with the advert, the automobile was stripped after which refitted as a observe day automobile. The current proprietor picked it up in June of this 12 months and has labored on bringing it again to avenue sensibility.

Meaning the reinstallation of glass the place Lexan as soon as stood. It ought to be famous that the windscreen nonetheless must be refitted. The bodywork is beat to hell however seemingly all strong save for the rear bumper. That’s okay although since a superb bumper comes with the automobile. The paint is worn by the poly in locations, and its face appears like a five-year previous with a snotty schnoz.

The inside is equally tough, with lacking finishers below the hatch and holes drilled within the sprint. A Sperco fast launch tiller faces the strong trying driver’s seat which options four-point belts. There’s no roll cage within the automobile in any respect. There’s additionally no A/C for the time being, however the items to reinstall the system are there.

Mechanically, the advert does observe a bunch of execs to counter all these cons:

Mods are as follows: engine has accufab 70mm TBs, ported heads, t&d 1.7 curler rockers, headers, magnaflow catback with no cats, large aluminum radiator, new energy steering pump w/ billet pulley and coolers up entrance. Tuned by gjon at energy plant Motorsports to the tune of 500hp/550tq with out there dyno sheet. Rebuilt t56 with below 700 miles on it since rebuild. Quaife diff with three.07s, toms 40mm calipers within the again, new rear sway bar finish hyperlinks and different misc elements changed, contemporary alignment. Runs, drives, sounds and stops superior. I drive it 100+ miles each time I get in it.

Mileage is 13Okay however take note how laborious a few of these have doubtless been. I admire that the vendor opens his advert by noting “This WAS a observe/auto X automobile at one level in its life, if that scares you then learn no additional.”

I stored studying, and hopefully so did you. This can be a distinctive alternative to personal a Viper GTS. It hasn’t been babied, not by a protracted shot, and it’s a great distance from concourse situation, however then so is Mickey Rourke and he appears to make just do fantastic.

The value for the automobile, the additional rear bumper, and the A/C elements comes out to $30,000. That makes this an inexpensive GTS, however an costly challenge automobile. That doesn’t imply that somebody with a bit of wrenching means below their belt—and the gumption to tackle such a challenge—couldn’t make a go of it.

The query is: ought to they? What do you assume, does this observe day Viper appear value that $30,000 asking because it’s described? Or, is that this former racer priced to DNF?

You determine!

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