Photos & text courtesy of Mecum Auctions
There’s no doubt about it: the Dodge Viper is a sports car for muscle car fans. The Viper is powered by a pushrod 8.3L V10 engine generating 510 HP and 535 lb-ft of torque, while eschewing such niceties as stability control, head-up display, GPS navigation or an automatic transmission. That hint of old school rawness in the Viper’s performance is coupled with one of the most muscular-looking shapes ever to drop its top, especially when it is festooned in the stunning Orange Satin paint reserved for just 300 special Copperhead Edition convertibles built in 2005. This is number 199 of that August group, an original with a scant 16 real miles on the clock.
It is distinguished inside by a Copperhead specific interior employing Black leather seats trimmed with Orange stitching on the seams and in the Viper logo embroidered into the seatbacks. The steering wheel and shifter boot get the same treatment, and there is a numbered dash plaque confirming the car’s exclusivity. Completed with a Black soft top, highly polished aluminum wheels and factory side exhaust, the car is in new and original condition, having been properly stored in a climate controlled environment complete with padded carpet and a battery tender. It is well documented with the window sticker, manuals, two dealer-tagged keys, dealer prep sheet and stock slip; a clean Carfax and Autocheck report are also included.