The Dodge Viper RT/10 is inherently different from other American muscle and sports cars.

The Viper screams power over V8-powered cars. Dodge's development strategy was to make the body out

fiberglass and have the exhaust from his mighty V10 exit through the side pipes.

Being a handful, the intimidating nature meant buyers were skeptical.

The sales plan was clear. It's about attracting buyers who will sit and drive in it and understand what's different.

If you don't like it, the Ford dealership was always a few blocks away.

Worse than the plain chassis design and somewhat intimidating engine was the lack of safety features and even driving aids.

That means you've invested in the fastest coffin money can buy

The first-generation Viper was a car that didn't seem to care much, and with Callaway throwing in faster parts, it was more like a ticking bomb.

There was no ABS, no traction control, no airbags (oh my god!), no stability control.

But what the RT/10 Callaway got was his 440 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels, mated to a T56 six-speed transmission.

The Viper was not a car for the faint of heart. It wasn't meant to be a college freshman's car to go to prom—the Viper was the purest American sports car, with the most unfiltered and hairy chest.