I'll have a numerically appropriate car next week (and the savvy autophile probably knows what it is...). Today, though, not so much. I forget who it was, but one of my friends on Facebook was lamenting how utterly forgettable the cars from the 1990s were. The '50s had tailfins, the '60s were muscle cars, the '70s had both bloated land yachts and the rise of the Japanese autos, even the crappy 1980s had a few standouts.
But the '90s? Not so much. There were a few, though, like this one:
1992 Dodge Viper. 400 horsepower. 10 cylinders. 6-speed transmission. Roadster. The Viper was the sign that Chrysler was coming back from the brink. After languishing through the 1980s with a slew of utterly forgettable cars (K-car, anyone?), the 1990s didn't start off all that great for the Pentastar. The Plymouth Acclaim, Dodge Shadow, nothing Mopar was putting out was particularly noteworthy in the least.
And then, they rolled out the Viper.
It was an absolute throwback, a huge engine stuffed into a low-slung, two-seat roadster. Chrysler crushed it out of the park with the Viper, an all-American, in-your-face chunk of Detroit iron. While cars were melting into the generic gumdrop shape started by the Ford Taurus, with bland engines to match the sameness of style, the Viper went from concept to street in record time to bring a bit of the 1960s muscle forward 30 years.
Back to the future, indeed.
That is all.