There’s now a real-life Bravado Banshee, and it’s going to be auctioned off during Monterey Car Week.
If you’re a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games, then you likely already know the game’s tendency to include suspiciously familiar cars in their fictional cities. Usually, it’s heavily based on a real-world vehicle, but modified just enough and then given a different name so as to avoid getting sued.
The Bravado Banshee is an obvious Dodge Viper analog that has graced the mean streets of Grand Theft Auto since its third iteration and has been in every game since then (and trust us: there’s been a lot of them). Although the car shares the same overall look of the Viper, there are a few subtle differences, such as the mid-'90s Pontiac Firebird hood scoops and the headlights from a Dodge Stealth.
As much as we love the games, they’re still fictional, and buying a real version of these cars was always impossible. Until now.
West Coast Customs decided they liked GTA so much they had to recreate the Bravado Banshee in the flesh. To do it, they took a 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 and then spent $180,000 turning it into the Banshee.
First came the custom hood, grille, fenders, and headlights, along with some custom bodywork to give the car those exaggerated fenders. Next, they removed all the previous Dodge and Viper badges and replaced them with custom Banshee logos. Door panels, wheels, rear end, steering wheel, and center console now all have the Banshee logo straight from the game.
Throw in some custom leather seats with red stitching and more Banshee logos, and you’re basically done. Everything else from the car is stock for a 2006 Viper, which means an 8.3-L V10 and a 6-speed manual transmission.
The world’s first and only Bravado Banshee goes on sale at the Mecum auction during Monterey Car Week starting August 23rd and ending August 25th.