This week the sixth-generation Dodge Viper was identified by the National Automotive History Collection as a ‘Collectible Vehicle of the Future’. We think this holds true not just for the sixth-generation Viper but for all iterations of the V10 sportscar – especially early to mid-‘90s examples.
A Viper becomes even more collectible if its color combination is rare, like the red body and yellow wheel combo offered in the 1996 and 1997 model year Vipers. This color combo is easily one of our favorite ever offered on the Viper, but the numbers show it wasn’t all that popular when new. Just 166 Vipers were ever ordered with a red body and yellow wheels, making one of the rarest factory shipped combos for the Viper.
The red and yellow package, sometimes referred to by Viper faithful as the ‘Ketchup and Mustard’ edition, was offered on the 1996 Viper RT/10 roadster and the 1997 Viper GTS Coupe. It was much more popular for 1996, with only 14 Ketchup and Mustard coupes being built in 1997.
For 1996, the package included a red exterior with bright yellow wheels and yellow Stryker badges and Viper logos. The interior also featured red leather accents on the steering wheel, shift knob and handbrake lever. The 1997 model year version featured much of the same equipment, however it also added yellow racing stripes. Classy, we know.
The first-generation Dodge Viper is reaching the point where it’s just old enough for its retro looks to truly start working in its favor. We saw this happen with some unabashedly ‘80s cars like the Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari Testarossa, so it’s only a matter of time until values of shamelessly ‘90s collectible cars like the Ketchup and Mustard Viper begin to swell.
If you want to get in on the ground floor, we found a 1996 Viper RT/10 with the Ketchup and Mustard package for sale in Illinois for $39,900. You could buy it, or you could ring up Dodge and see if they’ll build you Ketchup and Mustard tribute Viper based on the 2017 model year car. Now that would be cool.