The announcement for the auctioning of the first 2013 SRT Viper to benefit the Austin Hatcher Pediatric Cancer Foundation was made in April, and now the bidding has ended for VIN #0001 for the model. The winning bid for SRT Viper numero uno was $300,000. The vehicle displayed on-stage at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Orange County, California, was not the actual first “saleable” SRT Viper that the auction was for, but a late-stage prototype that is an accurate representation of what the recipient’s vehicle will be. The winner will also receive an SRT Track experience as part of the winning bid.
Beth Paretta, SRT’s marketing manager, shared how she first met Jim Osborn, the co-founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation, and said she was excited to be a part of the foundation, and the re-introduction of the iconic supercar back into the American Le Mans Series. Craig Jackson, the CEO of Barrett-Jackson, shared how the first new car he purchased was a 1997 Viper, and his second was a 2003 Viper.
Bidding quickly escalated from the $20,000 opening, and got into the six-figure realm within seconds, but additional bids began to slow into the $200,000 range, with the final bid being $300,000. Although significant, the bid for the first 2013 SRT Viper can’t compare to the $1 million winning bid in 2008 that won the chance to get the first production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, which was purchased by Chevrolet dealership owner Dave Ressler. The proceeds from that auction went to benefit the United Way of Southeast Michigan.
Source: Speed TV