Property of a deceased's estate, Left hand drive 1995 Chrysler Viper Venom Roadster Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 1B3BR65E2SV200181
That a major US manufacturer could come up with such an exciting concept car was startling enough but Chrysler's decision to put the Viper into production was nothing short of astonishing. Inspired, as its name suggests, by the legendary Cobra, Tom Gale's design study made its auto-show debut in 1989 following discussions between Chrysler boss Bob Lutz and Cobra-creator Carroll Shelby, its appearance triggering an avalanche of deposit cheques. Without doubt, a large part of the Viper's 'back to basics' appeal stems from its unique selling point: a massively powerful 8-litre V10 engine. The latter had been born out of the requirement for a larger unit to power the Dodge Ram pick-up truck, the prototype being created simply by grafting two extra cylinders on to the Ram's existing 5.9-litre V8. Despite being relatively 'low-tech', the Lamborghini-developed pushrod V10 churns out 400bhp and a brutal 450lbs/ft of torque at just 3,600rpm, figures which the 3,280lb Viper translates - via a six-speed manual gearbox - into a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 165mph. Compared with this paragon of power units, the Viper's running gear makes somewhat less interesting reading: a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis endowed with all-round independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes residing beneath the svelte glassfibre bodywork.
Finished in yellow with matching leather interior, this example of the ultimate in open-top motoring incorporates the 'Venom' package of enhancements developed in the USA by Chrysler tuning specialists Hennessey Performance and is reported to have 600-plus horsepower on tap. Other noteworthy features include Koni suspension, slot-in windows, clip-on hardtop, embroidered 'Venom' logos, carbon-style dashboard and Le Mans-type adjustable spoiler. We are advised that the clutch was replaced by a local repair shop in 2009 (less than 100 miles ago), though no supporting documentation or history of any kind has been retrieved from the deceased's estate. Since its owner's death in December 2009, the Viper has been dry-stored. Fitted with a new battery and MoT'd in January 2013 (certificate on file), it is presented in running order and described as in generally good condition. It should be noted that the current registration mark 'MRV 154' is being retained by the vendor.