• Jan 17th 2009 at 11:42PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Hurst Viper at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction

Autoblog was the first media outlet that was granted access to the matte gold-colored Hurst 50th Anniversary Dodge Viper. Unfortunately, our pockets aren't nearly deep enough to actually purchase one for ourselves. We did, however, manage to witness the sale of the very first model down the assembly line to one very lucky bidder here in Scottsdale, AZ, at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. Included in the deal were an adjustable Motion Sport Suspension with Eibach springs, a custom Corsa exhaust system and a fresh set of Hurst black chrome wheels sized 19-inches up front and 20-inches in the rear. Oh, and a custom dash-mounted plaque with the buyer's name engraved on it for all to see. How cool is that? Wondering what sum of money it took to secure rights to the first Hurst Anniversary Viper of 50? Exactly $275,000 after auction fees. In what has been a very charitable night, Woodhouse Dodge vowed to donate the profits from the sale to Victory Junction who runs a camping facility for chronically ill children.


Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

First Hurst 50th Anniversary Dodge Viper:

#01 of 50 from a Limited Series of coupes and convertibles with special flat Hurst Gold paint with black racing stripes, Hurst Hard-Drive gold anodized shifter, Hurst black-chrome forged aluminum wheels, Hurst logo graphics, Hurst 50th Anniversary Limited Edition dash plaque, Hurst charcoal leather interior with logo and gold top-stitching, Michelin Performance tires, Corsa exhaust, Moton adjustable shocks, and matching car cover.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      My question is how the hell a #1 of 50 VIPER sells for $75,000 LESS than a #1 of however long GM can stave off the vultures Camaro. The Camaro's a beautiful car, but the fact that it's a stock production of how ever much they can sell to make money and everyone and their lunchmoney stealing, i don't have to go to class cause I'm so cool and just hang out in the mall parking lot brother is going to have one still remains...but I'm not bitter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Probably nobody cares, but the title made me curious as to how much a Dodge Viper would cost if it were actually gold.

      If we take the Viper to be 1569kg and the price of gold to be $843.15, it turns out that a solid gold Viper (as in the car, not a real snake) would be somewhere in the ballpark of $42,532,298. And twenty cents.

      In case you were wondering.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah I didn't really specify my method.

        When I read "good as gold," the first thing I thought was that it's highly unlikely this car was actually "worth its weight in gold." So that's what I calculated.

        Calling my number the price of a "solid gold Viper" is kind of misleading, I guess, since I really meant the price of a pile of gold weighing as much as the car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know how you did your math... but... 19.3g/cm^3 and at 33.70 (CAD) for 1g. I arrive at the number of: $ 1,020,493,290. (which is 24xhigher then your answer).

        But it really isnt an accurate way of doing this because you need to find the average density of a viper and then calculate the volume of gold needed. Needless to say, a solid gold viper would weight, well 7.2 times that weight (assuming its average density is the same as aluminium) (a staggering 11215kg!!)

        ...and yes, I am no fun at parties.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That would be $843.15 per Troy ounce.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow I never noticed the actual matte finish until I saw these pictures. That is mega hot!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Much cheaper than I expected.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @Peter

      I completely disagree, I absolutely adore the Viper in this color.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is extremly H.O.T


      Much better looking then the ZR-1
        • 6 Years Ago
        while i agree that the viper is a very sexy car, in that color, it just doesnt look as good. i would like one in snakeskin green. and i dont think its much better looking then the ZR1. they are both beautiful cars, and i cant pick one over the other