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And the DougCar Is…

Ladies and gentlemen, the next DougCar is here. It’s blue. It’s fast. It’s loud. And I’m a little scared of it.

It’s a 1997 Dodge Viper GTS, painted in blue with white stripes — possibly the most distinct color combination of any modern car, save for Ferrari’s famous red on tan. And over the next 2 days, I’ll be driving it back from North Carolina to Philadelphia, a distance of nearly 450 miles. See the 1997 Dodge Viper models for sale near you

I am not excited for this long, hot, loud, uncomfortable drive. But I suspect many of you are.

I say that because the last two times I asked you what car I should buy, you answered — repeatedly, loudly, sometimes with emails written only in capital letters — that I needed a Viper. Last year, I carefully considered your suggestions, read your remarks, heard your calls for a Viper and then bought an Aston Martin. But this year, it was unavoidable.

So I realized early on that I was going to get a Viper. But exactly which Viper was it going to be? I briefly considered an early-’90s model, with the plastic side windows and the exhaust that will burn your legs, but I ultimately decided that I wanted the blue and white GTS — a car that was featured in so many advertisements, posters and magazine articles when I was younger. I even had a scale model of one next to my bed.

And so, the DougCar Viper adventure begins. Get ready, because I suspect it’s going to be exciting. And loud. And hot. And uncomfortable. Find a 1997 Dodge Viper for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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41 COMMENTS

  1. You know, those never look as good in photos as they do in life. Saw one down in Tennessee (in the hub of activity that is oddly present in Pigeon Forge) and it stood out in the sea of bland that included a good amount of Nissan Zs and Corvettes. 

  2. Worst DougCar ever … also BESTDOUGCAR EVER … Also RIP Doug … ALSO I drove one of those a few years back and all I can say is … VERY VERY UNSTABLE MACHINE

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