The first Dodge Viper-based Devon GTX sells to the public
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The goal of the Devon Motorworks brand was to take the already incredible Dodge Viper and apply a unique body dressing that would enhance aerodynamics and overall performance. The first Devon GTX was formally unveiled at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the GTX made a plethora of stops around the world including the likes of the Las Vegas SEMA Show – with fairly positive reviews. When the Chrysler Group began to really struggle and rumors were rampant of the company parting out their more popular brands and models, there were even rumors that the Devon company was considering buying the rights to the Dodge Viper to help secure the platform on which the Devon GTX was to be built. Unfortunately, as Devon neared the point where they could begin to market and sell their curvy carbon fiber supercars, the recession of 2010 hit the auto industry hard and the Devon Motorworks brand was one of the casualties.
The good news is that during their short existence, there were two fully street-ready Devon GTX supercars built using the chassis, suspension, engine and transmission of the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 and this past weekend, one of the two Devon GTX units rolled across the auction block at Barrett Jackson’s huge event in Scottsdale Arizona. The bidding for the unique 1-of-2 supercars began at $95,000 and when the final gavel came down, the 650 horsepower 2009 Devon GTX sold for an impressive $200,000.
I have had the chance to climb behind the wheel of the Devon GTX (sadly, while it was sitting parked in a building) and it was a very cool design project which, when combined with the advanced chassis, suspension and drivetrain of the Dodge Viper SRT10 could have shaken up the supercar world. The exterior design was like nothing else in the world with an elevated rear end, a short, sloping front end and the distinct gullwing style doors. Unfortunately, with the Devon Motorworks brand being dead and gone, the only chance buyers will have going forward is to pony up the big bucks at a future auto auction…should the owner of the black and chrome 2009 Devon GTX get tired of owning this ultra rare Viper V10 powered supercar.