For an all-too-brief period of time, Viper engines were a thing you could have under the hood of
Mexican American trucks. Starting in 2004, Chrysler saw fit to slap the 8.3-liter V10 engine from its high-performance Dodge Viper into its ever-successful 1500 half-tons, lending the trucks an astounding 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque.
The move effectively “dropped the mic” on whatever low-slung, go-fast pickups had been created up until that point – Ford Lightnings included (sorry Ford fans). Production wrapped up in 2006, with a total of 9,527 units completed and shipped off to dealers.
While the fate of the other 9,525 SRT-10s is up in the air (we located another one in Ohio at the time of this writing), we do know a little bit about one that popped up on a search through the Insurance Auto Auctions website earlier this week. Located in Pensacola, Florida, this musclebound Mopar is banged up pretty badly, but still hanging on for dear life.
The checklist of carnage is indeed gnarly: caved-in roof, smashed windows, missing front spoiler, and various dents along the sides of the body can all be quickly identified, and were all thanks to a rollover accident. The motor is still where it should be, fortunately, but cannot be tested due to busted fuel lines or internal damage, most likely.
Now, we know what you’re all thinking–it’s a street truck, it doesn’t have the proper suspension setup, and so on and so forth. But just imagine how badass this thing could be if it were given an off-road makeover!
A lift kit, bigger shocks, smaller wheels and larger tires, a decent dose of LED lighting, and bam! You’ve got yourself a two-wheel-drive monster, with a manual transmission to boot. Of course, that’s after you’ve done all the necessary repairs and body work, which Geico estimated would cost close to $20,000.
Would you ever take on this SRT-10 as a project? Or would you hold onto your cash for something a little more tame and a little more sensible? Tell us what you think in a comment below.