My mom lives in a retirement building and unfortunately, this means some of her neighbors pass away. This also means some of their stuff gets sold and my mom found this 1/18 Maisto Dodge Viper at one of those sales.

She said she got it for $1. That may be true as the purpose of these sales is to get rid of things quickly. Dodge originally set out to build a tribute to the Shelby Cobra Daytona and instead, built a tribute to all that is the United States of America. Love or hate either one, you can’t argue with the results.

Brash. In your face. Loud. That’s the U.S. and that’s this car. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, it invariably kick-started a revolution of sorts in that the U.S. became an industrial powerhouse.

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Putting a big engine into a small car relative to its size was not a new idea. Jaguar somehow fit a V12 into the E-Type. Shelby stuffed a V8 into a tiny AC Ace. But Dodge turned everything up to 11 with the Viper. It’s as useful as a fork with a bowl of soup. It’s best attribute is the ability to turned tires into sticky spots on asphalt. It’s not as attractive as a Jag F-Type or McLaren F1. But when it arrives, it does so with the subtlety of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Much like the U.S. did when it ended hostilities with Japan in 1945.

The Mustang and Corvette are truly as American as Apple pie, but the Viper is the scoop of ice cream next to that pie.

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Thanks for looking and thanks, mom!