A farewell to fangs: Dodge builds its last Viper
Last week marked the end of the road for one of the most unrepentantly aggressive all-American muscle cars ever produced. Amid a gathering of more than 400 of its dedicated fans from the Motor City Viper Club and the Viper Club of America, the last 2010 Dodge Viper rolled off of the production line at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, a facility that has been home since the car went into production in 1992.
In a year that has seen more Viper special edition variants produced than ever before, the last of the 500 cars built as 2010 models proved to be the most distinctive. This Ultimate SRT10 Coupe, which reflected a collaborative effort between the buyer, Mid-South Viper Club of America member D'Ann Rauh, and the Dodge Design team, resulted in an exterior done in custom bronzed gold paint set off by copper stripes adorned with a number of "Viper-significant" race circuit track maps. As a final touch, the car is fitted with five-spoke forged-aluminum wheels custom painted in dark graphite. Inside, the last Viper's one-off interior also has dark graphite leather trim along with several other unique touches.
Dodge Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles and Conner Avenue plant manager Shelly Brown Gordon were on hand to present long-time Viper fanatic D'Ann Rauh and her husband Wayne with this unique final edition. The Rauhs, who live in Arp, Texas, currently lay claim to being proprietors of the ultimate snake pit. Their collection of more than 40 Vipers stands as the recognized world's largest personal collection of these Dodge supercars.