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Will this effect value?

Discussion in 'RT/10 and GTS Discussions' started by dicky, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. dicky

    dicky Enthusiast

    Oct 18, 2019
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Hey guys

    I'm new to the viper world, I just bought my 94 RT/10 about a month ago and I love it so far. I bought the car for a fun cruiser but also because I feel I won't lose much (if any) value on this car. The car I got is almost all stock, the only mods so far are no cats (I'm adding high flow), aftermarket radio and speakers, and autoform top and windows. The car doesn't even have 20k miles yet, so it still has the stock head gaskets which I know are known to fail. This brings me to my question, when I replace the head gasket I'm thinking of having the heads ported for a little extra power and I'm wondering, for a collector car, would this hurt the value?

  2. MoparMap

    MoparMap VCA National President

    Jan 7, 2013
    That's a tough one. Stuff that's invisible is less likely to mess with value I think, but at the same time some people want to know just what the car was like when it was new, so any changes that affect performance can put some off. In the case of a Viper though, and especially something that is mid-year for a generation like yours, I don't think it would hurt that much. Most people want more power out of one, though there is a limit before you start having to worry about longevity or hurting other parts down the line. The engines are fairly understressed though, so moderate power increases aren't likely to mess with much. Throw a few hundred extra at them and I'd start worrying about wearing out other stuff faster.

    That's just my opinion at least. Ultimately any car is only worth what someone wants to pay for it. I think you'd have an easier time selling some minor porting over a supercharger or more extensive engine mods.
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  3. Carlos067

    Carlos067 Enthusiast

    Oct 12, 2019
    IMO it all depends on who is buying especially collector vs. enthusiast. Collectors will want it to be as stock and as original as possible, lowest mileage possible, extensive service records, and will likely have the deeper pockets. I also think that as far as Gen I they would prefer a lower year gen I, 1992-93 antenna viper. These folks generally want to sit in it and feel like they just went back in time to when the car just came off the production floor.

    Taste for enthusiasts, however, will be all over the place and their price point will coincide. Their price point will more than likely be lower than the collector. This can vary from the guy wanting to getting one for as low as possible, to the guy that wants to find the "perfect one for them".

    Me, personally, it irks me when the visible stuff has been messed with, especially when it's made to look non-stock. To me, its very easy to make distasteful visually apparent mods. No offense intended, but messing with the radio is probably my biggest pet peeve, considering getting a stock unit is sooo hard now. However, I don't mind light engine mods and even heavy suspension mods, provided the stock parts are still around. Again though, this is just my point of view. Best advise I could give is to keep all the parts so whoever is buying it later can reverse anything they don't like.

    One last thought, if you got the car as an "enthusiast" the next owner will likely also be an "enthusiast". In this case, drive the hell out of car, do whatever you want to the car, ENJOY the car, and worry about the value schmalue later.
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  4. kssssnake

    kssssnake Enthusiast

    Dec 21, 2010
    A few recent posts have asked about pricing and resale. If you like it chances are someone else will like it. Allegedly ours has 501 RWHP. All internal mods and headers. Guy who had the work done says he put nearly $20k in the engine. Think he got ripped off. Unless you intend to race it's really pointless to add much more HP. I have never gotten the throttle past about 3/4. It has new tires and they just come loose. By design if a wheel slips you will lose control. Headers and flames coming out of the side pipes turns heads. Personally I see no use for super charging or turbo charging unless you are racing. On a 25 year old car you would be foolish to track it unless the complete suspension is rebuilt. Just an old gear head's humble opinion. Ours also has an after market carbon fiber looking interior. Wouldn't put it back to original for love nor money.
  5. plumcrazy

    plumcrazy Viper Owner

    Jun 9, 2003
    you really need to sell that car if thats the case.
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