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2001 Dodge Viper GTS Serial Number 703008


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We are pleased to offer 2001 Viper GTS “Double Bubble” coupe s/n 703008, from new in Viper Racing Yellow with black leather and only 8,175 miles. The Viper was first introduced as a concept car in January 1989 to an enthusiastic response at the North American International Auto Show. Project engineer Roy Sjoberg and Power Plant engineer Dick Winkles put together “Team Viper” in March 1989 and Lamborghini, (then a Chrysler subsidiary), cast a prototype V-10 aluminum block in May. The production body was completed in the fall and a chassis prototype was testing in December. Launch approval was given by Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca in May 1990 and only a year later Carroll Shelby piloted a pre-production pace car for the 1991 Indianapolis 500 race. In November 1991, the Viper was released to the automotive press for review with the first retail shipments beginning in January 1992. As enthusiasts know, the first Vipers were built to be a modern–day Cobra 427 S/C with a focus on pure power and performance with its 400 hp and 465 lb ft of torque V-10 engine. Thanks to heavy involvement from Carroll Shelby and design cues from the Pete Brock-designed Shelby Cobra Daytona, the Viper was a minimalist straight-forward design with muscular and aggressive styling. The 1st series Vipers had no exterior-mounted door handles so entry was by unzipping the soft vinyl window and reaching into the interior to pull the interior door release handle. Air conditioning was not offered, only a soft canvas top and vinyl side windows kept the rain out and airbags were not included.

2001 Viper GTS “Double Bubble” coupe s/n 703008 is a 2nd generation Viper and so is fitted with all the creature comforts including AC that actually works, power windows, airbags for safety, a red starter button, a dead pedal, extended leg room, seats that fit like a glove, sharper-edged bodywork and powerful 14-inch brake rotors. Dubbed the “double bubble”, the roof featured slightly raised bubble sections that harken back to the Zagato “Double-Bubbles” of the 1950s and early 1960s, accommodating both very tall drivers and weekend warriors with helmets. The GTS comes with the same 8.0 liter V-10 engine but power was increased to a whopping 450 hp. More than 90% of the GTS was new in comparison to the earlier 1st Series Viper, despite similar looks. The much stiffer chassis and “Double Bubble” roof allowed the 2nd generation Vipers to be very succesful in competition. The Viper GTS-R, the racing variant of the car, was co-developed with Oreca and Reynard and had an illustrious and successful career in international motorsports. The GTS-R dominated in both the FIA GT and ALMS series including sweeping class championships in FIA GT racing in 1998 and 1999 and Le Mans 24 hour class wins in 1998, 1999, and 2000.

Viper GTS “Double Bubble” coupe s/n 703008 is an excellent original and unmodified example that has covered only 8,175 miles from new. The car is in excellent condition with virtually no cosmetic wear. The interior shows almost no wear as well, with excellent leather, including the driver’s seat bolster. The dashboard, controls, and instruments are all like new, as are the carpets, which feature the yellow Viper logo. The rear compartment is similarly unmodified and clean in appearance. The engine and engine bay are also unmodified and both are extremely clean. The wheels are in excellent condition with no curb rash while the trim and lights are similarly nice. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a very clean, low mileage Viper GTS with no modifications or stories. It has a clean Carfax and has no needs. The car is ready to enjoy and is complete with both keys, the owner’s book, service manual and a 2001 Viper sales brochure.

This 2nd-generation Viper GTS is docile in traffic, with an amazingly light clutch yet can go from 0 to 60 in 4.0 seconds and hits 100 MPH in 8.6 seconds, almost as fast as the Ferrari 599, but at a price far less than the Ferrari, and with low service costs a Ferrari owner can only dream of, while being mechanically bullet-proof. As a 2nd-generation Viper, s/n 703008 is not only fast, but extremely user friendly. Feel like starting in second gear? No problem! How about shifting into third while going 5 MPH, then nail the throttle and hold on. If you feel like a full throttle launch, drop the clutch at 3,000 rpm and the Michelins will smoke down the asphalt. If you’re tired of $6,000 to $12,000 engine-out cam belt services on your Ferrari, a Viper’s annual engine service and fluid change is in the $500 to $700 range. Comes with both keys, the owner’s book, service manual and a 2001 Viper sales brochure. Mounted on massive 275 X 35 ZR Michelin Pilot Sport front tires on polished 18 X 12 front wheels and even more massive 335 X 30 ZR Michelin Pilot Sport rear tires on polished 18 X 14 rear wheels. As clean underneath as topside. A tremendous amount of low-cost eyeball and performance, priced very right at $49,950 or best offer, seriously for sale.

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