End Of An Era: Dodge Viper Assembly Plant Closes It’s Doors

If you’ve been taking your time waiting to purchase a brand new Dodge Viper; you may be out of luck. Back in June 2016, we announced the end of the Viper after the 2017 model year. Well, unfortunately the time has finally come and the Connor Avenue assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan where the Viper is built shut off the lights and closed the doors for the last time on August 31st.

“The Dodge Viper has had a great run, and 25 years after it was first introduced, it leaves the supercar world reaching for the records it continues to set,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat – FCA, North America. “With more track records than any production car in the world, the Dodge Viper ACR will live on as the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever, the car that has set the benchmark for all that follows in its tracks.”

That day not only meant the end of an era with the Viper but also a good chance it could be the end for the assembly plant too. FCA has not shared any official plans regarding what they are going to do with the plant however it’s been said due to the small size of the facility versus FCA’s other monster plants; it seems like the Connor Avenue plant won’t serve much of a purpose when it comes to building other FCA products.

Recent rumours have been circulating that it’s likely the plant will be sold off and some of the 87 Viper exclusive employees have been already snapped up by General Motors. With the end of Viper production, that also means you are now no longer able to order yourself a Viper. If you still want to purchase a new one, your only chance is to find a pre-existing one sitting in inventory at various dealerships.

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Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – cody.krueger@shawgroupmedia.com Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a rusty '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody's garage still features that '69 Charger as well as the additions of a '71 Charger R/T, '71 Super Bee, '73 Duster, '08 Challenger SRT8 and a '13 Ram 3500. Cody can truly and proudly say that he is a true Mopar nut in love with all types of Mopars!

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