This 2001 Dodge Viper RT/10 is one of only a handful privately imported to Australia, and has been converted to right hand drive by “Viper Performance” in Victoria. The current owner is the only Australian owner of the car, having brought the car over himself approximately 15 years ago. This example shows just under 74,000km on the odometer, and for several years of that ownership has been used as a daily drive. It runs very well, sounds amazing and has NSW registration until May 2021.
This example is finished in “Viper Race Yellow” (Code WYR), with aftermarket vinyl black stripes and black vinyl wrapped side skirts including custom “Viper RT/10” text. The body presents in excellent condition, and the car has been garaged all of its life. The wheels, which in original form had a chrome finish, have been treated with a more subtle matte black finish to complete the two tone look. An image of the car in its original form has also been included in the gallery.
This example was the last of the “SR” series Vipers, known as the “SR II”, and there were only 840 RT/10s built in the 2001 year (the RT/10 being the roadster version of the Viper). The SR series in our view is the most iconic of all the Vipers. The design has elements of retro Shelby Cobra, blended with over-exaggerated 90s organic supercar, and of course it looks a bit like the viper snake. Along with its excessively powerful V10 engine, it’s the styling that has made these cars such a cult classic. Whether or not you’re a car enthusiast, just about everyone knows what a Dodge Viper is, largely thanks to the SR series.
There were a number of changes to the exterior of this SR II model (as compared to the earlier “SR I”), but importantly the styling only changed in fairly subtle ways. Some of those changes included the relocation of the exhaust to the rear (rather than exiting through the side skirts), 5-spoke 18 inch wheels (replacing the 3-spokes), and changes to hood vents.
The SR II also benefited from several mechanical and comfort upgrades. Power in the RT/10s V10 engine was up to 450hp, and a number of weight saving and chassis strengthening changes and refinements had also been made. 2001 vehicles also received anti-lock brakes. Inside, Twin airbags, electric windows and air conditioning were available on the SR II, and are all fitted to this example. These practical evolutions make this version of the Viper a much easier car to live with than earlier models, but retain that original Viper look.
These are very hard to come by outside of the US market, and there is quite some expense in having the cars converted to right hand drive – just follow this Viper Performance link to give you an idea. There are several other Vipers available in Australia at the time of listing, but all are later series ZB cars. From what we can see, this is the only SR Viper currently for sale.
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