Custom $150,000 paintjob by Christian Riese Lassen,1999 Dodge Viper RT/10  Chassis no. 1B3ER65E4XV502964

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Lot 21
Custom $150,000 paintjob by Christian Riese Lassen, 1999 Dodge Viper RT/10
Chassis no. 1B3ER65E4XV502964

US$ 110,000 - 130,000
£ 85,000 - 100,000
Custom $150,000 paintjob by Christian Riese Lassen
1999 Dodge Viper RT/10
Chassis no. 1B3ER65E4XV502964
The Viper was conceived as a historical take on the classic American sports car. The Viper bears this out with its powerful engine, minimalist straightforward design, muscular and aggressive styling, and high performance.

The Viper was initially conceived in late 1988 at Chrysler's Advanced Design Studios, and with help from Carroll Shelby and Lamborghini, and the first American supercar for some time was developed. An 8.0 liter V10 engine was at the center of the brutish car. Developing over 400bhp, it could propel the fiberglass bodied car to 60mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 180mph.

In 1996, the second generation of the car was released. Now with 450bhp, the car would see 60mph in only four seconds, and revisions to chassis, brakes, and suspension, meant it was nimbler in the corners.

All in all, the car was as individual as the AC Cobra was in its day. But for one customer, not quite individual enough.

Our vendor purchased the car new in 1999 for $103,000.00. After several months of light use, it was time for an upgrade. A $150,000 paint job would do the trick.

The car was shipped to World renowned painter Christian Lassen in Hawaii, who contemplated the car’s transformation. He painted a raging inferno of flames that fire from the car's mouth and leach all the way to the back quarters. The flames start white, like the burning rock of a meteorite, and become gradually more yellow, orange, and red. He named the car Meteorite.

To compliment the artistic interpretation of the car a signature Lassen ornate marine scene of two dolphins, under a beautiful Hawaiian sunset was added to the hood.

This is an opportunity, not only to buy a low, 11,000 mile American icon of automotive muscle, but an original piece of art from iconic American artist.

Footnotes

  • Christian Riese Lassen is one of Hawaii’s premier marine artists. His paintings and sculptures are displayed in galleries across the United States and Japan, and his images grace an eclectic array of merchandise, from greeting cards to jigsaw puzzles, wristwatches to scuba gear. Meticulous and imaginative, Christian’s paintings depict an idealized vision of the natural world, and in particular the ocean he is so intimately connected to, transforming him into one of the world’s leading environmental artists.
Custom $150,000 paintjob by Christian Riese Lassen,1999 Dodge Viper RT/10  Chassis no. 1B3ER65E4XV502964
Custom $150,000 paintjob by Christian Riese Lassen,1999 Dodge Viper RT/10  Chassis no. 1B3ER65E4XV502964
Custom $150,000 paintjob by Christian Riese Lassen,1999 Dodge Viper RT/10  Chassis no. 1B3ER65E4XV502964
Custom $150,000 paintjob by Christian Riese Lassen,1999 Dodge Viper RT/10  Chassis no. 1B3ER65E4XV502964
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