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Rod Stewart's Stolen Viper

Unleashed on the Public

4/7/2011 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rod Stewart's vicious yellow Viper is going on display tomorrow ... UNCAGED -- seven years after his gardener allegedly went nuts ... and stole the singer's sports car right out of his Florida garage.

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It's all part of a "Celebrity Super Cars" exhibit by the Volo Auto Museum in Chicago -- running from April 8-10 -- and we're told ... it's the first ever public display of the car since it was stolen back in 2004.

According to sources, Volo purchased the 2004 Dodge Viper and kept it locked up in their vault ... until now -- just in time for Rod's Chicago concert with Stevie Nicks on April 9th.

FYI, the gardener got 11 years in prison -- but the stolen Viper was the least of his problems ... dude was also charged with burglary and attempted sexual battery for unrelated offenses.

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artie help    

you know why i like rod, he kicks soccer balls into the crowd at concerts, that's why mofo's

1263 days ago
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anon.    

Must not have paid the gardener. LOL

1263 days ago
3.

OooooNooo!    

Viper? Lame. Should have gotten the King of the Hill Corvette! The Viper is a poser.

1263 days ago
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PRO US    

Nice car. Why did they decide not to give it exterior door handles?

1263 days ago
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OooooNooo!    

Corvette has the LS9 motor with 620 horsepower. The 2004 Viper only makes 500 HP and is much heavier.

1263 days ago
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lawl    

That is not a 2004 Dodge Viper.. That is the Gen II body style, and they only made Yellow in 2001-02, so it's more than likely 2001 or 2002 model.

TMZ is gay

1263 days ago
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nyb    

That is not a 2004 Dodge Viper.. That is the Gen II body style, and they only made Yellow in 2001-02, so it's more than likely 2001 or 2002 model.

TMZ is gay

1263 days ago
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PRO US    

@OooooNooo!: The speed limit in the USA isn't more than 80 mph. Both are beautiful cars but why do you need so much HP unless you want to speed and break the law? 200-250 HP is more than enough unless you're driving somewhere there is no speed limit like the Autobahn in Germany.


"Corvette has the LS9 motor with 620 horsepower. The 2004 Viper only makes 500 HP and is much heavier."

Posted at 11:00 AM on Apr 7, 2011 by OooooNooo!

1262 days ago
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Misha the CrackHo    

TMZ, this is the second time you have run an ad for the "Volo Auto Museum"... again, they are absolutely not a museum by any stretch. They sell used cars, that is all they do.

They are not in Chicago, they are in Volo, Ill... 50 miles north. Don't you guys ever check any of your facts before you put a story up??

Greg Grimes and his son are both crooks.

1262 days ago
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Nostradamus    

soooo tacky

1262 days ago
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c    

It's a viper. A DODGE viper. Who the hell cares?

1262 days ago
12.

DudeLebowski    

The Volo Auto Museum is not in Chicago. It's in Volo, Illinois which is about 40 miles north of Chicago. Do a little research, TMZ....

1262 days ago
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D    

Has anyone ever seen a Viper in real life? Anyone? They kick as*. Totally. #4, the shaved door handles are for looks.

1262 days ago
14.

Conservatives are Cowards    

@PROUS: This is probably a shock to you, but some of us can afford to go to the track. Heck, even a kid making more than $12/hr can probably afford to make a couple of runs at the dragstrip. Now get the hell out of my way.

1262 days ago
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ChuckZitoNY    

That is not a 2004 viper.

1262 days ago
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