• Jan 20th 2012 at 8:58AM
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The demise of the Dodge Viper in 2010 was sad enough on its own. But as if to twist the knife in the wound, the end of the Viper also meant the end of the Devon GTX.

A project of independent entrepreneur Scott Devon, the GTX gave the Viper a decidedly more upscale fit-and-finish worthy of its superlative performance. It got an entirely fresh body – complete with exotic upwards-swiveling doors and two-tone chrome/matte finish – and a more polished cabin. It was also treated to a boost in output, the Viper's 8.4-liter V10 producing 650 horsepower in Devon GTX trim. The result didn't just look sleeker, it also went faster, posting lap records at Willow Springs and Laguna Seca.

Unfortunately the demise of the Viper – not to mention the half-million-dollar asking price – meant that the GTX never really got off the ground. In the end only two examples were made, and now one of them is up for auction by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona, this week.

Still titled as a 2008 Dodge Viper, serial #1 – in black and chrome – is being offered without reserve, and would certainly take a place of pride in any collection of rare supercars.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Scott Devon, whose father founded the frozen garlic bread company Cole's Quality Foods, has spent the past two decades investing millions of dollars in a variety of the most expensive pursuits imaginable. First there was polo (he became a part owner of the Catamount team in 2004), then race cars (his firm's car broke lap records in 2009), and now watches: His company's Thread 1 timepiece features a mysterious treadmill-like belt technology made by an aerospace company and retails for $15,000 (see, he even managed to work in space travel, sort of!). So this month he did what anyone with a couple extra hundred million dollars in the bank would do: throw a huge party with lots of models and socialites to launch a full-scale fashion label named after himself. - that was 2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad Chrysler dicked them around, I think they look great
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a C3/Viper. Devon was awesome!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I'm entirely unimpressed by that. I'd rather have a real Viper.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Demise????? Everthing I've been hearing is only the 2011 year was in haitus and the Viper will return at the New York auto show in April.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Viper brand did meet a short demise and was on sale for a while. Devon even made a bid on the brand of 70 million if I remember correctly, but was controversially turned down. Hopefully they can work something out with the next Viper platform because the GTX truly was unique and beautiful.
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