If you really want a Dodge Viper but you don’t quite have enough cash saved to buy one off the lot, then it’s time to hit up Craigslist. You might find something like this gem. This 2003 Dodge Viper can be all yours for just $14,900, but as you can see, it’s missing a few bits.
The car has 55,769 miles and most of its innards, but that body is going to need some work. The current owner picked it up at a salvage yard (shocker) with just an Ohio state salvage title due to front end damage. Wait, is there enough there to even say it has a front end?
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Despite needing a body, the seller reports that this Viper has no frame damage, no suspension damage, and drives straight without vibration. The salvage yard stripped away pretty much everything on the exterior including all the body panels, doors, windows, and windshield. There are also no airbags since those deployed in the original accident, which damaged the front end of the car.
This could be one heck of a project for the right, and very ambitious, gearhead. You can check out the listing on Craigslist and even contact the buyer if you’re interested in a test drive. But first you’ve got to prove you have the cash to make the purchase. Start loading that silver briefcase with money.
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Crazy To Pass It Up: 1994 Dodge Viper
The days of unearthing a Shelby Cobra with a bargain price are pretty much gone. The latest dusty barn find Cobra discovery sold at the Gooding Amelia Island Auction this month for a cool $1,045,000. Not exactly pocket change. However, the good old days are still here for anyone who wants to put the Cobra’s spiritual blood brother in their garage for relative peanuts. Take a look at this 1994 Dodge Viper, which is for sale here on craigslist in Chattahoochee, Florida for a fairly attainable $22,500. Since Chattahoochee is the home of Florida’s most prominent mental hospital, I guess it is a sign that we would all be crazy not to consider adding this brute to our fleet at this price.
Starting out as a show car, the Viper design was a 1990s interpretation of the Cobra concept and a showcase for the revolutionary Dodge V-10 engine. To make a long story short, the car was green-lighted for production, and production models began to hit the streets in late 1992. The first generation models soldiered on until 1996, when a number of enhancements were made to “civilize” the car a bit. Some called the first generation Vipers “glorified kit cars.” Compared to other sports cars in their price range, they were crude and brutish. Customers and enthusiasts didn’t let that stop them. 6,709 of the first generation cars were built. Of those, 3,083 of those were 1994 models.
The 1994 Viper we see here has been around the block. 102,000 miles are currently on the odometer. You would never guess it by looking at the pictures. Whoever owned this Viper enjoyed it, but kept it pristine inside and out. The paint is still vibrant, and the irreplaceable wheels appear to be free of scuffs and scrapes. The owner claims in the ad that the car needs nothing.
The profile shot above does a good job of emphasizing the iron fist in a velvet glove beauty of first-generation Vipers. Still looking like a show car, touches like the soft targa top with side curtains instead of windows and the massive side pipes are throwbacks to the legendary sports cars of the past. Corvette gave up on side curtains after 1955, and the ones on most original Shelby Cobras likely never left their cases. As for the side pipes, I believe the last previous use of them by a domestic sports car was on the Corvette in 1969. We could probably live without the side curtains today, but I would love to see side pipes make a comeback. Nothing makes an engine sound better.
The interior shot above gives us a glimpse into the rather cramped and plastic-laden interior these cars were known for. People who bought Vipers weren’t looking for Mercedes-Benz level refinement, and they certainly didn’t get it. They wanted their money to go toward speed, and they got a good return on their investment. Despite the owner’s claims of perfection, the bolster on the driver’s seat nearest the door looks like it may have been stitched back together. Other than that nitpick, the interior looks to be a good detailing away from being very presentable. The only option available for Viper buyers in 1994 was air conditioning. Unfortunately, the seller doesn’t tell us if it is so equipped.
Under the hood is where the party is going on. With a V-10 packing 488 cubic inches and producing 400 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed manual transmission, the Viper is, shall we say, blessed with “spirited” acceleration. Considering that the car weighed around 3,400 lbs, these were some of the fastest cars produced in the 1990s. One of Chrysler’s design goals was for the car to be able to go from 0-100mph and back to 0 mph in under 15 seconds. Pretty heady stuff in the early 1990s.
We all have our “woulda, coulda, shoulda” moments. I remember looking at Auto Trader’s Classic and Sportscar Trader as a teen and marveling at the low cost of some of the great sports cars pictured inside. My teenage eyes naively overlooked the condition of these once glorious warriors and what it would take to bring them back from the dead. It didn’t make a difference anyway. I painfully couldn’t afford even the roughest ones at that time. However, it was obvious to me even then that these legends would grow in value some day. On nearly all of them, I was right. The market forces are clear enough to see that sports cars with big engines, limited production, and enough fame to be immortalized as posters on the walls of legions of teenage boys will always be collectible.
This car is money in the bank.
This Honest Dodge Viper Craigslist Ad Serves Up a Heaping Pile of Pure Truth
“It’s in my garage and I’m afraid to drive it because it is like a crazy steroid bull that wants to kill me.”
As if car sellers aren’t shady enough, those touting their wares on Craigslist have spawned entire dictionaries aimed at translating their optimistic descriptions into realistic terms for shoppers. But one Dodge Viper owner stands apart for the brutal frankness of his ad for the car.
“I am frankly afraid of it now,” he admits of the car that should have been voted “Most Likely To Try To Kill You.” “It’s in my garage and I’m afraid to drive it because it is like a crazy steroid bull that wants to kill me.”
The seller further attempts to disabuse readers of the notion that maybe they can man up and wrestle the Viper into submission, where he had already failed.
Alas, “You don’t got this,” he assures readers. “But for $30,000 you can look the devil in the eye and take this ride. You were warned.”
If you don’t have $30,000 for a used Viper, you could always try to steal one, like in this Pennzoil-produced video.
But apparently someone refused to listen to the seller’s good advice and bought the car, because the ad is gone from Craiglist, but was preserved in this Imgur.com post.
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2003 Dodge Viper Convertible without body & airbags on sale for $14,900
A bodiless 2003 Dodge Viper Convertible is up for grabs on Craigslist for $14,900.
Those who are interested in a project car might want to have a closer look at this Dodge Viper Convertible which was purchased by the current owner from a salvage yard. As the images show, it came without the body panels, windows, doors and windshield while the airbags were removed following an accident which caused front end damage.
The good news is there aren't any damages to the car's frame, suspension and according to the owner it "drives straight without vibration." It received the Ohio state salvage title and has 55,769 miles (89,751 km) on the odometer. Power comes from a V10 8.3-liter engine outputting 500 bhp and 525 lb-ft sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
The seller accepts test drives but only with prospect buyers willing to prove they have the money to acquire the car.
Gallery: 2003 Dodge Viper Convertible without body & airbags on sale for $14,900
Craigslist salvage viper
Everyone knows Craigslist is a digital black hole capable of stealing away hours upon hours of free—and not so free—time. From its depths now comes this 2003 Dodge Viper SRT10 convertible. The seller is asking just $14,900 for this 55,769-mile peach, and it offers the future owner a truly blank slate and unlimited leg scaldings.
By now, you’ve surely inspected the photos of the Viper in question, and you might be wondering what we might be smoking. We’d tell you what we’re smoking, but we bought it on Craigslist, so we aren’t entirely sure what it is. It doesn’t matter, anyway—all that matters is that this bodywork-free Viper exists, and that it’s for sale. Apparently the result of a partial salvage mission, the Dodge is missing body panels, glass, both front airbags, lights, carpeting, and a top following an unspecified frontal impact. But don’t let those minor details ruin this prime opportunity for you—this low-mile Viper runs and drives.
We’re going to skip over the whole “you pick the body!” shtick and skip right to what someone in the market for a $15K, bodyless Viper might actually do: Buy the car and drive it as-is. Screw trying to coachbuild some kind of exotic, one-off stunner out of this thing—Zagato already tried, and the resulting Alfa Romeo homage was kind of strange. By our estimation, all this Viper needs to be legal are sets of headlights and taillights (ideally of the sealed-beam variety pulled from, say, a tractor) and a windshield.
We wonder if the buyer will attempt to hit the Viper’s 190-mph top speed (as estimated in our original test of a 2003 model), although he or she will need to do so while avoiding contemplating how the 450-hp V-10 might mix with an utter lack of aerodynamic aids. They should, however, try to work out a rear-first impact when things do let go. That way, Craigslist might soon be gifted a listing for a mint-condition, 56,000-ish-mile 2003 Viper V-10 and six-speed manual transmission—body, chassis, and previous owner not included.
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