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Snake Bite


Being married to an economist means that I’m always trying to find ways to maximize my utility and stretch a dollar as far as I can. To this end, I keep a running list of things that I would like to have if I ever see them on sale for a low enough price. For example, Black Friday is always my favorite day of the year because I can almost always purchase any movies or video games that I’ve waited the whole year for at 70 to 80 percent off.

I also spend a fair amount of time perusing eBay for deals since I am not above owning used items that are in great condition. eBay Motors is a bit of a mixed bag of truly bespoke vehicles and rolling turds. And while I can’t honestly say that I would ever purchase a car from an internet auction, I might make an exception for my most recent find.

In 1992, a legend was born. The Dodge Viper took the auto world by storm with its 8.0L V10 engine, insane power, and dashing good looks. There are quite a few vehicles that I list among my top favorites of all time because, let’s be honest, it’s so hard to choose, but the Viper was my dream car growing up and is probably still my all-time favorite. I remember collecting Hot Wheels and Matchbox versions and then graduating to the Maestro die cast models later. Every time I would see a Viper in real life, I would darn near lose my mind.

So it should come as no surprise that when I found a brand new 1992 Viper RT-10 for sale on eBay with only 34 original miles. It has been sitting in a garage for 27 years and was never driven. In fact, it still has much of the factory shrink wrap along with the original MSRP windshield sticker still intact. The owner says that it was started regularly and meticulously maintained to avoid any degradation or mechanical issues. I’m not sure that I would put those nearly 30-year-old tires to the test with all 400hp bearing down on them, but otherwise, the vehicle is pristine and ready to roll. The owner is asking for just under $100k to own this piece of automotive history. That’s probably a bit high for an older Viper, but considering that this is a first-run, mint-condition, collector’s-grade vehicle, it starts to seem more reasonable.

If you’re interested in owning this cherry piece of automotive history, it’s still available at the link below:


-Trey Fennell

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