Legendary maker of all things used to shift, Hurst has taken some time out today to unveil the car that will mark its 50th year of building specialty performance vehicles under the banner of Hurst Performance.  dodge_viper

That car is the appropriately named the 50th Anniversary Hurst/Viper. Since adding more power to the Viper’s 600-hp 8.4L V10 engine is akin to putting Yao Ming in heels, Hurst instead focused mostly on the aesthetics. The Hurst/Viper, of which only 50 will be made, comes only in two color combos that commemorate the official colors of the company: Black with Gold stripes or White with Gold Stripes. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Hurst car without a Hurst shifter, so these special Vipers will be fitted with the company’s new HARD-DRIVE gold anodized pistol grip shifter.


Also from the company catalogue are Hurst 19- and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels wearing Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. The interior is shrink wrapped in Katzkin charcoal leather that’s embroidered with the Hurst logo and touched off with gold stitching and perforated leather inserts.


It’s hard to modify a car of the Viper’s caliber and not play with the performance a little, so Hurst did add a Corsa exhaust and Moton Club Sport adjustable coil-over suspension to make it that much more special than stock. The first of 50 examples will be auctioned off next week at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in Arizona with all proceeds being donated to Victory Junction, which runs a camping facility for chronically ill children. By: autoblog