While I always expected Viper prices to rise after production ended in 2017, I have been very pleasantly surprised at just how much pricing has gone up in such a short time. I do have sympathy for anyone wanting to buy one and waiting for them to depreciate, yet the opposite happened instead, but I only see prices increasing further over the next few years and beyond.
I bought my 2008 about 7 years ago and am happy to say the value has remained fairly stable during that time and is starting to go back up now, and my 2017 ACR that I ordered as a special 1 of 1 car has blown my mind in how much it went up in the past couple years. I am pleasantly surprised at the crazy values ACR’s have been fetching at the big auctions like Barrett Jackson this past year, and some of the high prices well into the $200k range and up, that some private sales have gone for that I’ve heard about this year as well.
My 2 sense on why values shot up so fast and will continue to rise are as follows.....
1. The Viper in any form over the years is a very rare car (especially considering all the ones that were already wrecked thru the years by people who didn’t know how to drive them properly).
2. The Viper is the poster child of what makes a car highly sought after and collectible, causing rising values, in that it is not only rare, but it is the last of so many things in an age when cars are all becoming digital over analog, automatic dual clutch vs manual transmission, turbo/hybrid/electric vs naturally aspirated, reducing the number of cylinders and displacement vs a massive 8.4 liter V10, etc..... The Viper in almost all forms presents us with the last of all these things and more, which was the fastest street legal production car in the world on the racetrack in its final and highest form as the 2016-2017 ACR Extreme (and as a manual!!!) until the Performante and GR2 RS dethroned it on the Nurburgring circuit. As sports/supercars continue to go hybrid and electric, they are all starting to lose their “souls”, and the Viper arguably offers one of the most unique and exciting driving experiences with a TON of soul with that manual & roaring V10 under the hood!
Long story short, these cars are all fantastic, and are still a bargain in most forms today compared to where values are heading in the coming years. You can still find a few bargains out there from uneducated sellers who don’t know what they have, but that will continue to dwindle over time as the demand will continue to grow for an ever dwindling supply of an already rare car. My advice to anyone considering a Viper purchase is to buy now as I am very certain that values are only going in one direction going forward (to varying degrees depending on the year and version of Viper), and that is UP. And for all members of this forum who own a Viper, this is all a very good thing that we should all be happy about and embrace, instead of try to argue against these facts and try to devalue our cars. I will never understand the mindset of an owner who gets angry or upset, and even argues against the rising values and praise their car(s) are experiencing. We are lucky to own very special and unique cars that hold their value very well, and are now even possibly making you money over time! How can anyone argue this is a bad thing.....?!