John Elway’s 1992 Dodge Viper Heads to Scottsdale Auction
Previously it was part of the Barrett-Jackson online-only auction in 2020, it will now be heading to Scottsdale in March.
Trust Barrett-Jackson to land some of the most unique vehicles to be auctioned. People recently made offers for Ken Block’s crazy Ford Focus used as part of his Gymkhana series, a one-of-a-kind DeSoto Adventurer convertible and a 1963 Corvette with silver split windows. But there is no doubt that at least one auctioneer will have spat a hammer for this roadster which passes through the doors, namely a 1972 Dodge Viper RT / 10 roadster owned by legendary Denver Broncos hub, John Elway.
This Viper has less than 8,000 miles on the clock
But maybe we are getting ahead here. Obviously, the Viper has already been to Barrett-Jackson, in May 2020. According to Barrett-Jackson, the roadster has since remained in the showroom of the auction company. But a year earlier, there was plenty of media coverage, especially in Colorado, of Elway trying to unload the Dodge at a dealership he owned in Greeley, just north of Denver.
The big mystery is why no one left with it after all these months, especially since the roadster was, by all accounts, properly maintained and had less than 8,000 miles on the clock. One would have thought that this Viper, featuring a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-liter V10 engine producing over 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, would have been irresistible to car buffs and enthusiasts alike. of the NFL.
No comfortable amenities in this Dodge
Sure, the pandemic and the accompanying lockdown that plunged the economy into a plunge could play a role in weak auto sales, but the luxury car market has not suffered. Those who have adjusted well to the coronavirus and have enough loot to endure the financial slump continue to buy at will. And given how celebrity-mad the United States can be, buying a Viper owned by a star grill athlete seems like a no-brainer.
But then there could be other factors at play. The Viper, despite its powerful engine and aerodynamic exterior, has always been spartan when it comes to amenities. You won’t find anything in a comfort-oriented Viper like air conditioning, power windows, or even a rugged audio system. Aside from the AM / FM radio, carpeted floors, and leather seats, that was it.
Only 300 1992 Vipers ever built
Even without those bells and whistles, the Viper was a pleasure to drive for many fans, given that it was designed to accentuate the interaction between the driver, the car and the road. But maybe others weren’t particularly interested in this kind of alchemy, since only 300 models were produced that year.
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