Viper bites the dust

Clad in custom bronzed gold paint, the final current-generation Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line in Detroit on Thursday, July 1.

The last Viper -- unless Chrysler decides to bring out a new generation
The last Viper -- unless Chrysler decides to bring out a new generation Automotive News

Automotive News

Clad in custom bronzed gold paint, the final current-generation Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line in Detroit on Thursday, July 1.

The last one was tailored to the tastes of a loyal Viper owner, D'Ann Rauh, who with her husband, Wayne, owns more than 40 Vipers. The Texas couple is recognized as owning the world's largest collection of Vipers.

The Viper was launched in 1992 and was a pet project of Chrysler executive Bob Lutz.

More than 400 Viper owners and Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles were present at the Conner Avenue assembly plant, in Detroit, dubbed the "Snake Pit," for the end.

Viper appeared to be done last year as the company spiraled toward bankruptcy, and Chrysler tried to sell it. But under new guidance by Fiat, the car returned for an encore.

A spokeswoman said a new generation of Vipers is being considered.

(Source: Automotive News)

 

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