Future proud owner is looking for a GTS

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Hello everyone!
I am new here and this is my first post.
I was around 6 years old, a little kid living in what was recently called Soviet Union.
There was not much to be happy about in that ghetto.
One of a few things a child could have, was a bubble gum “TURBO”. Aside from delicious taste there was a bonus inside in a form of an inner paper wrapper, with a car picture on it and a few specs. I have never seen a gum like that in US, but every post soviet kid knows what that is.
I remember the first time I saw Viper on that wrapper #197, it was love from the first sight. Years past I drove it for the first time in the first NFS, running on Pentium1)
At the age of 19 I moved to the USA and my dream of owning one became closer but our paths have parted, classic Benz and restoration is what has been my hobby all these years.
Now I have a 6 years old son and time has come to make memories.
I know I should have bought it two years ago, but it is what it is.
Looking for a clean stock GTS that was cared for, with minimal upgrades if any. Preferably in Sapphire Blue with stripes or GTS blue. I would like to buy my Viper from an actual owner, not some wheeler-dealer. Car must not have previous paintwork or accidents. We will enjoy the car every chance we get, so paying premium for a garage queen is an overkill for me however low miles are preferred. Willing to spend 50+$. If You or You know someone that is willing to sell their car to a committed next proud owner, that will care and keep it long enough to pass it to his son, please give me a shout.
Please keep in mind, I am a father of 2 and drive a truck for a living )
Also looking for an advice of which year GTS to buy, what to watch out for, any issues etc.
Message me here or preferably text
407-480-9777
Thank you very much everybody.
Sincerely,
Tony.
 
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Great choice in color. I have a 2001 Gts DSB/silver stripes. The only year that color was offered only 86 made. All original with original exhaust and a set of original wheels that would come with it.
Light mods Corsa catbacks, Vipair intake, five way harnesses and gen IV 18F 19R wheels.
Scratches under fascia, typically from tire stops, on all Vipers that did not sit in a garage. It has just turned 40,000 miles. Thats just 2000 per year. Bra and factory cover included.
I am the second and fourth owner. (Bought it back from third owner.)
The problem is I would not take less than $75,000.
Good luck, these are fantastic cars.
 

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Yes, I read the whole article about Iowa Viper .
Price is high for me. 65$ would be pushing it.
I found this one yesterday night. Any thoughts?



I noticed that the leather/vinyl and padding on Viper cars is frankly of quite poor grade. I will want to redo the seats to give them a new look.
I also noticed that early GTS cars have some kind of gunky/shiny dashboard, almost like covered in glue of some sort.

The thoughts about spending qute a lot of money and bombarding the interior to make it new again, braking a piece or two in the process, are tough. I almost think I should go for the upper tier car.

Any known pros and cons early vs restyle?

P.S.
Here is the pic from some year 2000, from Moscow. The first time we met.
It wasn’t common for people to smile, so I did my best. )
 

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My 96 GTS is listed here:
Not an ideal time slot. It may be a buyers opportunity.

Good luck with your hunt.
 

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Good evening!
Since my post I have been thinking long and hard about what would be the most memorable experience for my son. Viper has been a long dream of mine but my son at 6 years of age does not even know what it is and why we respect it and like it so much. However he really loves Corvette. Points them out through the window of my old Benz every time. Instead of making my dream come true I decided to go ahead and make his and placed a deposit on a new Z06. I will order it in blue, his favourite color and of coure all of that carbon fiber. The best part of it is that he will only find out about it during a spontaneous trip to Kentucky, where it will be deivered in a Corvette museum )
I was told that the current wait is 30 months. I think it is worth it and will make an unforgeable experience.
Looks like my path with Viper is parted again.
Thank you guys for reaching out.
Sincerely,
Tony.
 

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Tony,
Raising your boy with a vette instead of a viper? Someone needs to contact child services or at least have a family intervention!

Great story. Enjoy the Z06! You sound like a great dad.
 

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To each his own. I almost bought a Vette. I kept going to the dealership to see them, for over six months! I just couldn’t pull the trigger on one. They are fun, no doubt about that, and reasonably priced. But the car back then came with single piston brakes, seeing that detail it was over for me. When I saw my Black Mamba Convertible I knew instantly it was my car, bought it the next day.

There is a reason that your boy points out Vettes all of the time, they are literally everywhere. In the last thirteen years or so I have only seen four Vipers (various models) on the road, and I’m in North Dallas, this is a car town. The exclusivity of a Vette has a very short expiration date on it, unless you opt for a classic.

Are you buying “your” car or buying a car that a six year old boy wants?
 
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