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