By Patrick Rall
This past weekend in Orange County California, the Barrett Jackson
Auto Auction offered up the very first publically sold example of the 2013 SRT
Viper and when the closing gavel sounded – the winning bidder paid $300,000 for
their new American supercar. Proceeds of
the auction results for 2013 Viper GTS #1 are going to the Austin Hatcher
Foundation, an organization that helps children and their families who are
battling pediatric cancer.
The bidding started hot and heavy as the lead price quickly
hit $250,000 but when bidding on the 2013 SRT Viper GTS stalled a bit, a trip
to the SRT Track Experience and a trip to the Petit LeMans were added in – a move
that saw the price rise to $300k before the gavel came down. Unfortunately, due to the instant
collectability of 2013 SRT Viper #1, we probably arent likely to see this car
out tearing up the road or track but with more of the new Viper expected to
arrive later this year – we should soon begin seeing the 2013 Viper on roads
around the country.
The 2013 Viper GTS that hit the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction
block was a fully loaded GTS model, powered by the 640 horsepower V10 engine
and relying on a 6-speed manual transmission to send the power to the rear
wheels. Like other 2013 Viper GTS
models, this Viper is fitted with the Viper’s new adjustable suspension setup
that should help the new Viper be one of the best handling cars in the world.