Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #20...

The reason for today's car pic will be evident in a post going up later today. For now, the pr0n:


That's a first-generation Dodge Viper, which IMHO is one of the biggest factors in Chrysler coming back from the brink. In 1989 they unveiled the prototype, and in 1991 they provided two pre-production models as pace cars for the Indianapolis 500. January of 1992 - only three years since unveiling the concept car - the first Vipers went on sale to the general public.

And what a car it was - a 400 HP, V10-powered fire-breathing muscle car in a time when the muscle car seemed to have gone the way of the dinosaur. By the late 1980s, muscle cars were gone - even the Mustang GT was only rated for an anemic 225 HP - and the last of the boutique cars like the Buick Grand National were gone. The Corvette was becoming gentrified, and it seemed like the days of the American Muscle car were behind us. Even Carroll Shelby had stopped putting turbos in every car Mopar offered.

And then, the same crazy SOBs that brought us the Plymouth Road Runner and the Plum Crazy Hemi 'Cuda rolled out the Viper, and it was back on.

That is all.

3 comments:

libertyman said...

I know the next post, with Chrysler taking back Vipers given (lent?) to colleges and schools.
I haven't been a fan, but I wouldn't mind trying one for a few years.

Ted said...

Vipers....... The car for guys with more than Corvette money ..... But not enough yet for a Lamborghini.....

Formynder said...

Hey, they had their own TV show. I've yet to see a show dedicated to any other car model. And it went on for several seasons even!