Over the last few years, I’ve been surprised by just how cheap Dodge Vipers can be. This surprises me because as I was growing up, I idolized the Dodge Viper as a sort of unattainable exotic car. Such is life when your parents have a Toyota Camry with cloth seats, hubcaps, and a cassette player.
But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that, even though the Dodge Viper is still quite a rare car, it’s also quite a cheap car. Case in point: There are currently 204 Dodge Viper models listed for sale on Autotrader, and fully 50 of them are under $40,000. That’s a quarter of all Viper models for sale, and presumably it’s a good chunk of the later ones, since a lot of the pricier Viper models are the newer ones.
To me, this represents an incredible bargain in a few ways. The performance bargain is obvious: Vipers are fast, and loud, and exciting, and they have a really powerful V10. They’re fun to drive, provided that you know what you’re doing, and finding a manual, rear-wheel drive sports car with a V10 for under 40 grand is already a special experience.
But it’s more than that. The Viper isn’t just a fast and exciting car at a reasonable price point, it’s also an exotic car — and that’s pretty cool. Viper models often turn heads just like Ferrari or Lamborghini vehicles do, but you can pick one up for much less. And, being desirable performance cars, Vipers probably won’t cost you much money during your ownership, as they’re fairly cheap to own, and they hold their value pretty well.
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