News: Iacocca's Viper And LeBaron – Yes, LeBaron – Head To Auction

Iacocca’s Viper And LeBaron – Yes, LeBaron – Head To Auction

By News Desk
January 19, 2020

Three cars owned by Lee Iacocca were sold at a Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, Arizona this week. The star of the lot was his own 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10, which also happened to be the first Viper to come off the production line. It more than doubled expectations and sold for a whopping $285,500.

Iacocca, who passed away just last year, was a powerhouse executive for Ford and then Chrysler, and his Viper RT/10 went for nearly 10 times what you would pay for the model on the used market. But not only is it the very first Viper; with just 6,500 miles on the clock, this raw supercar is still in pristine shape. Powered by a 400hp V10 tuned by Lamborghini, it was an aggressive slap in the face to European supercars. Because of its pedigree and being the first of the lot, Bonhams says this one is ‘the finest and most desirable Dodge Viper in the world.’ We don’t disagree, and obviously others at the auction felt the same.

His 2009 Ford Mustang Iacocca 45th Anniversary Edition also crossed the block, selling for $49,250. But why settle for a mere sports car when you can have the best of 1980s kitsch?

Iacocca’s own 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town and Country Convertible went for a very reasonable $19,040. One of just 1,105 ragtops built, it’s also in very good condition, and is covered in a glorious faux wood trim. Well optioned with under 20,500 miles, even the digital dashboard still works – though it appears the radio is missing a knob.

*Images courtesy of Bonhams Auction

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John Charlie
John Charlie
26 days ago

This car looks perfect. It’s distinctive-looking, including the limited instrumentation and chrome toggle switches. The growdle controls are easy to figure out, and the knob for the infotainment system helps you quickly navigate most of the high-level functions.

3 years ago

Thank you for the correction.
Petrolicious is usually reasonably solid.
OCD nightmare for sure to think that there is a “missing knob”. My guess is the author may be younger than the huge portion of population who has ridden in a 80’s/90’s Chrysler/Dodge product.

Justin Michael Mathewson
Justin Michael Mathewson
3 years ago

“though it appears the radio is missing a knob.“ is incorrect. It’s is the fade and balance adjustment. You can see it if you zoom in. My ‘99 Sebring had a more contemporary one that was all black and had ridged edges near the end of it. Talk about perfectionist hell trying to believe it’s centered. If that’s not the “knob” in question disregard this comment.