2013 SRT Viper VIN 001 Sells For $330,000 @ Barrett-Jackson Orange County


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It’s become traditional to auction off, for charity, the first retail copies of high profile cars at high profile collectors’ car auctions. At this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Orange County, California Chrysler put up for sale what will be, when it comes off the assembly line at Chrysler’s Conner Avenue plant in Detroit, the first production 2013 SRT Viper. It will be the Viper with a #1 on the end of the VIN and the sale benefits the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. After some spirited bidding, the hammer went down at $300,000. With B-J’s commissions, the buyer paid $330,000. That’s more than a 200% premium over the rumored $95K MSRP of the car. Was it worth it as a collectible? Well, the buyer can deduct anything over MSRP as a charitable contribution on his taxes and anyone with that kind of cash has got to be in a tax bracket where they can use all the deductions they can get, so it probably isn’t going to cost him that full $330K. I say well bought, for the car and for the philanthropy.

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