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2001 Dodge Viper GTS: Mom’s Grocery Getter

My mom has owned quite a few interesting cars. Her first car, when she was in high school in 1971, was a 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer, in two-tone copper and beige. After the Dodge she had a 1960 Chevy Impala two-door hardtop-that could be started without a key. Later on, she had a ’68 Mustang two-door hardtop, a ’73 Volvo 1800ES and a ’74 Capri V-6.


After my arrival, Volvo 240DL and 740GL wagons became the rule, followed by a series of Grand Caravan ESs (with optional AWD) and Durango R/Ts. After a decade of Dodges, she went back to Volvo and got a 2007 XC90 V-8. She is now on her second XC60, in ruby red. Still, there was one more Dodge in the mix. A Dodge Viper GTS—in impossible-to-ignore Race Yellow ... Read the full column on