2013 SRT Viper Selling at Barrett-Jackson Saturday

2013 SRT Viper Selling at Barrett-Jackson Saturday

Bidders at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Orange Country, Calif. this Saturday will have the chance to drive home the first-ever SRT Viper while donating to charity.

Benefitted by the auction, proceeds will go to the Austin Hatcher Foundation, an organization that provides services to families with children fighting cancer. The auction will begin with no reserve, but don’t expect the car to roar down the road for a bargain price.

With an 8.4-liter V10 engine making 640 hp, the 2013 SRT Viper has had a hard time keeping out of the news since its debut in New York earlier this year. Considering its revival represents more than just a new generation of supercar, but a reinvigorated U.S. auto industry, the chance to own the first one off the line is likely to tug on heart strings as much as check books.

Much as the new Viper stands as a symbol of Chrysler’s health as a company, it’s Italian styling cues are just as quick to remind us of the company’s Fiat ownership.

This isn’t the first sporty injection Fiat gave the U.S. either. Orders for the Fiat 500 Abarth have forced the company to reach its limit for how many can ship this year, leaving a number of fans disappointed.

Sad as they may be, they could probably pool the money meant for several of the hot Abarth minicars and pile over to the auction this weekend to bid… maybe. Then again with how notorious the Barrett-Jackson events are and with such an exciting car on the line, bidders will need some serious cash to take the snake.