The first 2013 SRT Viper was sold via an auction that benefits the Austin Hatcher Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The winning bid was for $300,000. The bidding process began last April. The unit shown on the stage of Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Orange County, California, was not the actual first “saleable” SRT Viper.
Rather, it was a late-stage prototype that accurately shows what the recipient’s vehicle will be. The winning bidder also gets an SRT Track experience. According to Beth Paretta, SRT’s marketing manager, she was excited upon first meeting Jim Osborn, the co-founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation.
She also expressed delight at re-introducing the iconic supercar back into the American Le Mans Series. Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson said that the first new car he bought was a 1997 Viper while his second was a 2003 Viper.
Bidding started at $20,000 but it quickly climbed and landed six figures after several seconds. The bids only started to slow down when they approached the $200,000 range.
The final bid was $300,000, which is very impressive but is far from the $1 million winning bid in 2008 for the first production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, bought by Chevrolet dealership owner Dave Ressler. The United Way of Southeast Michigan benefited from the proceeds of this auction.