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Only six Venom GTs were made, five of the “basic” versions (at $950,000 each) and Tyler’s all-black convertible Spyder, which cost him $1.1 million. The additional $150,000 was needed to make “structural modifications” to the roof and roll bar so it could be a convertible. The changes added an additional 30 pounds to the car (1244 kilograms or 2742.55 pounds), so company owner John Hennessey had to increase engine power to 1244 hp to keep it in line with their power to weight ratio from 1 horsepower to 1 kilogram. (via Today).

The Venom hits the road with a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 developing 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 lb-ft of torque, especially with a 6-speed manual transmission. Like Tyler, he screams, going from zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 278 mph. At the time, it was the fastest car in the world (via Today).

Other custom touches include a sound system tuned by Audio One’s David Frangioni, who ironically once worked for Aerosmith as a sound engineer. The black leather interior has red stitching with a teardrop eye image that copies one of Tyler’s own tattoos (via Motor Authority).

Alas, all good things must end, and in 2017 Tyler sold his Hennessy Venom GT Spyder at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $800,000. All proceeds went to Janie’s fund; a charity that Tyler started in 2015 to help abused girls. If Janie’s name sounds familiar, it’s because Aerosmith’s 1989 hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun” was an inspiration.

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