The late Lee Iacocca’s very own Dodge Viper – the first ever SRT-10 in fact – has sold for twice its predicted value at auction. It has less than 6,500 original miles on it and was owned by Iacocca since if left the factory floor in 1992.
The first-generation supercar tends to hold a price tag of around $30,000, but the hammer came down on his personal model - with number 001 on the VIN tag - for $285,500 at Bonhams' Scottsdale auction.
Lee, known as the father of the Ford Mustang, passed away at the age of 94 in July 2019. Among his many other triumphs in the motoring world was the development of the Viper - along with pal Carroll Shelby.
It packed an 8.0-litre V10 which was co-developed with Lamborghini which Chrysler owned at the time and mated to a six-speed manual transmission and made 400 horsepower. It was the hottest car of 1992 and an instant classic. Lee kept hold of the very first one – and deservingly so; after all, he was the man that saved Chrysler from bankruptcy.
Two other of his also vehicles also found new owners at the Bonhams sale - a 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town and Country convertible (it sold for $19,040) and a 2009 Ford Mustang Iacocca 45th Anniversary Edition which brought in $49,280.
The fifth-generation Viper ceased production in 2017 and there is currently no successor planned.