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Friday, November 18, 2016

Steven Tyler to Sell His Hennessey Venom GT Spyder for Charity

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Grammy
winner Steven Tyler to sell an extremely rare Hennessey
Venom GT Spyder to benefit Janie’s Fund at Barrett-Jackson’s
46th Annual Scottsdale Auction in January 2017
(Photo: Business Wire)
You can always count on Barrett-Jackson to have a seriously collectible vehicle at their auctions, and the 46th Annual Scottsdale Auction next January is no exception. Up for grabs, at no reserve, is rock star Steven Tyler’s Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, one of only 12 Venom GTs built to date and the first convertible Venom. The entire hammer price is going to Janie’s Fund, Tyler’s charity for abused girls.

Have to admit, my first reaction was “a Hennessey what?” and “is that related to the Dodge Viper?” which shows I’m not up on my supercars. The press release describes it as:

“the convertible version of the record-setting Venom GT that recorded a top speed of 270.49 mph at Kennedy Space Center in 2014. This specific vehicle belonging to Tyler is the first of the six Spyder convertibles produced. The 7.0-liter V8 engine produces 1,244 horsepower that muscles the 2,743-pound convertible from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 0-200 mph in 14.5 seconds. This car also has a custom JL Audio stereo system befitting a rock and roll superstar.”

So I checked out Hennessey’s page and found that it’s based on a heavily modified Lotus Exige chassis, and yes, it is street legal. They also have far better photos than the one that came with the press release.

If you’d like to bid on the car, or anything else on the auction, you can start the process at http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home. If you’d like to order your own Venom, or just want more details on it, check out the Hennessey Performance Engineering web page.

If you want to know more about Janie’s Fund, the charity named after the 1989 Aerosmith song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” check out the web page.

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