Russo and Steele offers one-of-a-kind 2013 SRT Viper for charityWed, 18 Dec 2013
Russo and Steele will feature a 2013 SRT Viper GTS at its January auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., with proceeds going to the Sons of Italy foundation (SIF). The auction house says the car was built specifically for the foundation. It will join some 700 sports and muscle cars at the auction, which spans Jan. 15 to 17.
The Viper gives a subtle nod to Italian heritage with a tri-coat “Avorio Perla” (pearl white) exterior accented by discreet Italian national colors behind the Viper's
“GTS” badge near the front wheels. The Italian colors also adorn the GTS badge above the glovebox and the one-inch seat accent stripes. Other features include the one-off multi-spoke black chrome wheels and “Laguna” tan leather-upholstered interior.
The car is also equipped with Uconnect Media Center with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, 3D-graphics navigation and rear backup camera. It will roll across the block with just five miles on the odometer.
SIF, the foundation that will benefit from the auction, is the philanthropic arm of Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), the oldest and largest organization representing Italian-Americans. Founded in 1959, the SIF and OSIA have given nearly $126 million toward philanthropic efforts including college scholarships, medical research and services for people suffering from diseases and disorders including Alzheimer's disease, autism and cancer, in addition to domestic and international disaster relief, cultural preservation, and other projects.
Interior modifications are subtle, but you'll notice the colors of the Italian flag tucked in here and there.
By Wes Raynal