1 of 50 Rarity: 7k-Mile 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Viper Club of America Edition

  • April 05, 2021
The Rundown
  • 1 of Only 50 Viper Club of America Special Editions
  • Just Under 7k Seller-Stated Miles from New
  • Autographed by Former Chrysler Exec Wolfgang Bernhard
  • Eye-Catching Paint & Myriad Special Features
  • 500hp, 8.3L Viper V10 Engine
  • 6-Speed Manual Transmission w/ Hurst Shifter
  • Accompanied by a Wealth of Documents & Memorabilia
  • Stunning Performer in all Disciplines
Why We Like It

Thanks to the Chrysler’s Street & Racing Technology (SRT) group, the brutal Ram SRT-10 high-performance pickup debuted in 2004 as Dodge’s brash, bawdy, and brutal Viper V10-powered sports truck. Countering and crushing the new wave of wild performance pickups of the early 2000s including the Silverado SS and SSR from Chevy and the SVT Lightning from Ford, the Ram SRT-10 features a full Viper powertrain including its thundering 8.3L, fuel-injected V-10 engine with 500hp and 525 lb-ft of torque, plus a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions. Huge wheels and tires plant the power to the pavement and myriad appearance items make this amazing performer’s intentions crystal clear. Ram SRT-10 performance is simply awesome (maybe ludicrous), with the 5,300-pound vehicle capable of 0-60mph acceleration in 4.9 seconds, the quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds at 106 mph, and nearly 155mph flat out. Handling and skidpad performance is excellent, to boot, at 0.86 g lateral acceleration, while heavy-duty ventilated disc brakes provide stopping power to match. Production of the SRT-10, which cost nearly $50k new, continued through 2006.

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1-of-50-rarity-7k-mile-2004-dodge-ram-srt-10-viper-club-of-america-edition00303 5gWZJ0JimQ6z 0CI0t2 1200x900The VCA (Viper Club of America) Edition Ram SRT-10 is a most appropriate homage to the muscle truck’s mechanical roots, offered in 2004 along a strictly limited run of just 50 units. This stellar example has just 7k seller-stated miles and looks amazing and menacing all at the same time. It also comes with the most desirable Hurst-shifted 6-speed manual transmission for what must be an amazing, nay shocking, driving experience. It also bears the autograph of Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, who served as President and COO of Chrysler from 2000-2004, when Chrysler was a key component of DaimlerChrysler. A wonderful cache of factory-issued documents and memorabilia accompanies this exceedingly rare sports pickup (# 26 of 50 built) for a fabulous overall offering.

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Valuation Verdict

This stunning performer is the ultra-performance, Viper-powered special edition Ram you likely have never heard of. A glorious, wretched expression of pure performance engineering, it also stands as a wonderful reminder of a post-9/11 economic rebound that came just before “The Big Short” economic crisis of 2007-2008. It was part of Chrysler’s nuclear level massive retaliation strategy in response to GM’s SSR and Ford’s SVT Lightning muscle trucks that fired up the collective imagination of performance enthusiasts. Our subject vehicle is far from practical, but goodness do we need vehicles and the wretched excess they deliver today! What about market values? A quick survey of online sale results shows the SRT-10 beginning to find its market footing in 2017 around $30k, rising to the psychologically important $50k level by 2020. A current auction on Bring a Trailer has several days to go for a 364-mile SRT-10 and has already hit $70k! Our advice? Buy this very rare, low-mile VCA Edition pickup at or near the seller’s asking price. We suspect it will feel very 'Well Bought' in the near future.

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