100 Cars That Changed History

tn_37-Dodge_Viper_(4809952429)Dodge Viper (4809952429)” by dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada – Dodge Viper. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


37. Dodge Viper 1992-present United States

The Viper is a sports car manufactured by the Dodge (and SRT for 2013 and 2014) division of Chrysler. Initially conceived in the 1980’s as a modern day Cobra, the Viper appeared as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in 1989. It debuted as a pace car for the Indianapolis 500 in 1991, Dodged was forced to use it instead of the Japanese-built Stealth to appease complaints from the United Auto Workers. The Lamborghini Company, then owned by Chrysler Corporation, designed the V10, based off Chrysler’s V8, for the Viper by recasting the Block and Heads in Aluminum Alloy. The first generation, especially, was called a Spartan, it lacked many amenities or basic features such as side windows, exterior door handles, and a roof. Those decision were made to keep the car as light as possible, in order to obtain top speed of 150 mph.


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