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1998 Dodge Viper replica

  • Right Hand Drive
  • 15,000 Miles
  • Manual, 5 speed
  • Petrol
  • 5700cc
  • 1998
  • M111PER
  • Yellow
  • Private seller
  • Aylesbury, United Kingdom


Dodge Viper replica

I have decided to sell my Dodge Viper replica due to time and work commitments. This is an outstanding car, it is amazing how much time and work has gone into creating this machine. The car was originally built by a chap called Colin Herd who was based in Fife Scotland. He was a true Viper enthusiast who wanted one so bad that he created not 1 but 3. The 2 other cars he built to sell as he started his own replica building company for the viper (I have a old magazine advert with the actual car on the cover) he also built and sold a few kits. This one was his own personal car, he built them as scale replicas so they are 1:1 with the real thing, very wide and long with many genuine Dodge Viper parts used to get them as close to the real thing as possible.

A stated these were built with a true enthusiasts engineers mind, the chassis copies the same design of the original viper as does the body of the car which he calved from foam and made moulds from. The engine even sits behind the front axle technically making it a mid engine car just like the original vipers which means better weight distribution! This is classed as a replica not a kit car as it was not based off of a doner car but was bespoke built, it even states VPR on the logbook! The chassis is built from box section aluminium so it is very light (which is better than being made from steel as per the genuine vipers), the body is fibre glass just like a genuine viper. The car has Ford Sierra Cosworth brakes (upgraded to Willwood callipers) and rear 7. 5 inch Cosworth limited slip differential so it has been built to look good and with performance in mind. The engine is a crate 350 5. 7 litre chevy V8 with a manual gearbox and a stainless steel exhaust system so it goes well and sounds good too! The car also has genuine generation 1 / 2 Dodge viper front and rear lights which if you know vipers the front headlights for an undamaged pair are fetching up to $10, 000 USD, which just makes this car even more special! The rear lights are worth approximately $1000 USD for the set! The car also uses a genuine Dodge Viper generation 1 / 2 windscreen which again really makes it difficult to detect that this car is a replica. I have also imported a pair of genuine dodge viper bonnet vents which I was going to install to make the car look more aggressive and genuine but I have not had the time to install these but they can be included in the sale. The car has solenoid valve entry so you have to push a button similar to a TVR. The car also has a targa roof so you can unbolt the roof and enjoy the benefits of having a convertible with the coupe looks.

The only reason Colin sold the car was to fund a purchase of a genuine viper which he bought crash damaged from an auction. He sold it to his friend Derek who had a soft bump in the car and because it is a 1 of 1 the insurance company classed it as a category D (cosmetic damage). After this a guy called Ronnie Wigg bought it and repaired it with Colin which required re moulding the front bumper.

The car is running and driving and has a new MOT but it does require some attention here and there. The seats are from a mini R53 cooper S and work well and the clutch cable is from a CF Bedford which are all good, the switches and wiring are ford based. The speedo does not work however there is a digital heads up display fitted. The doors both require some attention, the solenoid opening system needs some adjustment as the drivers door can be temperamental and the passenger side does not open from the outside. The car needs some tidying up here and there but it is all there and all works. The interior needs some addressing but even on the real vipers the interior isn’t the main focus point. The fuel gauge wires are back to front so it is reading in reverse at the moment but if I get some time I will sort it and any other issues I can. I did plan on getting the car re painted as it would benefit from it but does not look terrible as it is a fibre glass body. Despite these minor issues the car is ready to be driven and enjoyed and the new owner can add their own touches whilst being able to use it and tidy up the niggly bits in their own time.

There is some of Colin Herds posts on pistonheads as VPRMAN that can still be found relating to the builds / kits he made. This car is one truly amazing machine with incredible history to go with it, at a fraction of the price of an original viper! It certainly turns heads wherever it goes! In parts alone this is worth over £15k, and the number plate M111 VPR is also considered to be worth a bit as it is cherished number plate which other viper owners desire. It weighs around a ton so it really is like a custom built race car.

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