Putting a classic car body on a modern chassis is risky business. There are a thousand different modifications that need to be made, and the whole thing can either turn into a beautiful marriage of old and new or an absolute Frankenstein. A fine example of the former is this third-gen Dodge Viper rolling with a very clean body from a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.
As American as this build is, it was actually crafted in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico by Jesse Gonzalez and his crew at Street Toys Hot Rods & Customs. The frame, much of the interior, and yes, the massive 8.3-liter V-10 engine are all sourced from a third-generation ZB I Dodge Viper.
One tweak that’s been made to the engine in this build is a Paxton NOVI 2000 supercharger, bumping the lumpy V-10 up to 710 horsepower—just a hair over the Hellcat’s power rating. The engine is linked to a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission and the Viper’s own limited slip differential.
The chassis has been lengthened to make it just right for the body sourced from a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. A couple tasteful modifications to the exterior include a modern SRT-10 badge on the hood scoop and a Viper design hidden in the rear quarter stripes to hint at the special nature of this fish-snake chimera.