1998 Dodge Viper Race Car

Your 16-year-old son would probably be happy lighting incense in front of it and inviting his friends over to worship

{vsig}2005-3_1828{/vsig}

Few cars in the history of the American automobile have captured the imagination of car enthusiasts like the Dodge Viper. What started as an outrageous concept car at the 1989 Detroit auto show led to a bold corporate experiment, with a street-legal production car readied in just 32 months. A factory-backed racing effort soon followed, which led to the GT-2 Le Mans and FIA Championships and the Championship in the American Le Mans Series.
Roy H. Sjoberg was named to head up the Dodge Viper Project team in 1989. Sports car racing had been in his blood since he pit crewed for his brother in the mid-1950s. This developed into SCCA car preparation and race driving, including an IMSA stint at Mosport. One of Sjoberg’s most memorable activities was the three years he spent as development manager for his long-time friend, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Corvette, and the man who nicknamed Sjoberg “Father Viper.”
After he retired, Sjoberg decided to build a GT-3 class Viper, a project that had been designed by Dodge but was never built due to budget constraints. The design is basically a GT-2 Viper, but built with the production chassis and engine designed to meet FIA requirements. While many SCCA/IMSA race cars are home-built in private garages by well meaning amateurs using mail-order performance parts, the Dodge Viper Race Car on offer here was actually designed, engineered and built by the ex-factory chief engineer.
At a cost of over $150,000 to duplicate, this car is race ready and suitable for SCCA amateur events or serious pro racing in the Grand Am Cup Series. Upon its completion, the vehicle was raced at several Viper Challenge venues for developmental purposes. With no questionable engineering, haphazard workmanship, or incorrect parts to be found on this fabulous yellow Viper “GT-3” roadster, a purchase within its catalog estimate of $55,000-$85,000 would make good sense to a Viper enthusiast.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

Posted in Race