This 3,400-Mile Dodge Ram SRT-10 Can Be Yours for a Surprisingly Reasonable Price
Oh, how we miss the Viper-powered pickup truck.
Dodge is loved within the young car enthusiast community for jamming the Hellcat V8 into nearly anywhere it fits, but in the bygone days, it was kind of doing the same thing with the Viper's famously big V10 engine, which was gloriously stuffed in a pickup truck called Ram SRT-10. Now, a 1-of-50 2004 special-edition unit made for the Viper Club of America (VCA) is up for sale now on RM Sotheby's online auction block for a surprisingly reasonable price.
When these super pickups were produced for just a few years in the mid-2000s they were awarded the title of fastest production truck in the world. The regular cab version could hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 4.9 seconds and was able to hit a top speed of 154 mph. Those staggering numbers came courtesy of the Viper's 8.3-liter V10 engine that sent 500 horsepower to the truck's rear wheels.
All of the VCA special edition trucks came equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and left the factory painted in Viper Electric Pearl Blue with white rally stripes. There were two extra trucks produced with an automatic transmission to be used as pace vehicles for events, but they were never sold to the public. The truck's engine block has a signature from Chrysler Group's COO Wolfgang Bernhard, who later became chairman of Chrysler. That's a strange person to choose for an autograph, especially compared to other vehicles' engine signatures, most of which are from an engineer or even from a person that, you know, physically worked on or designed the car.
This particular SRT-10 has seen "less than 3,400 miles" in its life, per the auction listing, and is numbered 44 of 50. It was originally delivered at the Daytona Truck Race in Feb. 2004. The trucks were sold through a raffle system, where winners were awarded the right to purchase one. Mike Robbins, a well-known figure within the SRT community, won the rights to this truck and became its original owner.
With newer SRT vehicles like the Demon commanding extreme premiums on the secondary market, it’s refreshing to see the reasonable price estimate that this truck carries. Auction estimates put the final price at $50,000-$60,000 American greenbacks, so we'll see what it really brings when it crosses the virtual block at RM Sotheby’s online-only "Driving into Summer" auction next week. Bidding closes on May 28, so break open your wallet and get on it.
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