First Episode of NBC’s “Viper” Aired 20 Years Ago Today [video]

Viper

20 years ago today, a car show that does not get enough credit for fostering automotive enthusiasm in the 90s aired its first episode. “Viper” aired on NBC as an action show with a high-speed star; the Dodge Viper RT/10.

The cars used in seasons 1-3 were not actually production Vipers, but left over prototypes. Considering that many, if not all prototypes these days are destroyed, it was a far better fate than most. The Defender that Viper turns into was designed by famed Hollywood customizer George Barris:

The show aired in 1994, and the “snake skin” transformation technique cost a reported $50,000 every time it was used in the NBC-aired seasons.

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We can look back on clips from “Viper” and laugh, but if you were a child of the 1990s, this was a surprisingly formative shows.

Welcome to Throwback Thursday. This is our new feature where we’ll look back at car reviews and ads from days done by and poke fun at how ridiculous our hair looked from decades past. Enjoy!

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