Steven Tyler’s Hennessey Venom GT Spyder raises $800K for charity

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Steven Tyler was the first in the world with a Hennessey Venom GT Spyder but at the January 20 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Aerosmith front man passed the car over to a new owner who bid $800,000 on it.

The winning bid also included a guitar signed by the complete Aerosmith gang as well as a week of vacation at Tyler's Maui beach house.

The sale was for a good cause as all proceeds will be directed to Janie’s Fund, a charity set up by Tyler to support abused girls. It was inspired by his 1989 hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun.”

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Tyler first saw the Venom GT when the car made its debut as a coupe at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. While down in Hennessey Performance’s home state of Texas for filming of “American Idol” later that year, Tyler gave Hennessey a call and asked for a test drive. A couple of hours later, he ordered the car—a convertible.

2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder owned by Steven Tyler

2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder owned by Steven Tyler

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Hennessey built just five Venom GTs for the 2013 model year, including the first Spyder. The original price tag was a cool $1.1 million.

Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V-8 delivering 1,200 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and rockets the car from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds.

Tyler’s car also features a custom audio system tuned by David Frangioni, CEO of Audio One and a former audio engineer for Aerosmith. The interior is black leather, offset by red accent stitching and a teardrop eye logo similar to one of Tyler’s tattoos.

Another celebrity ride to go under the hammer at the event was a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am owned by Burt Reynolds. The Bandit himself was there to drive the car up on the auction stage. It went for $275,000.

 
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