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Last Dodge Viper Rolls Off the Assembly Line

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On: Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 10:01AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Last Dodge Viper Rolls Off the Assembly Line

In Detroit news, the very last Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line as 400 loyal Viper owners and members from both the Motor City Viper Club and the Viper Club of America participated in a celebration to watch the presentation of the factory custom, 2010 Viper Coupe being given to new owner D’Ann Rauh by Dodge Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles.

New owner, D’Ann, and her husband, Wayne Raugh, from Arp, Texas, own more than 40 Dodge Vipers—the largest personal collection of Vipers in the world.

This was the last of the current generation of Vipers built at the Connor Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit. A spokesperson for Chrysler stated that “Dodge has created more special-edition Viper models for the 2010 model year than all other years that the Viper was produced combined. Assembly of the Dodge Viper started in 1992.”

Rauh, who is a member of the Mid-South Viper Club of America, was given the privilege of working with the design specialists at Chrysler, in order to select many of the custom personal features that she wanted on her car.

Like many other final models built, the 2010 Viper SRT10 Coupe was a highly customized special edition. Rauh was allowed to work directly with the design team to select a custom bronze gold exterior paint supplied by the “House of Koler.”  The extraordinary paint job was complimented by two racing stripes painted by Bob Soroka, from Chrysler Group LLC's Street and Racing Technology team, featuring airbrushed layouts of Viper-significant race tracks into the custom-painted copper stripes. The five-spoke forged-aluminum wheels are custom painted in the color—dark graphite.

The interior bronze-colored leather appointments were designed by Tony Spampinito from Venzano, who has worked with the Rauhs on previous Viper projects. The trim is even treated to replicate an “anodized gold finish.”

Although D’Ann Rauh and her spouse reportedly already own over 40 Vipers, it is said that this special edition “Snake” will stand out from the rest.
"It's a beautiful car," Rauh said. "I was in shock seeing it. I realize it's my car, but it's still a little bit unbelievable."

Car enthusiasts everywhere may be wondering if Rauh's Coupe will be the very last Viper that Chrysler ever produces. For now, the jury is out depending on Chrysler’s product planners. A next-generation model may be in the works for 2012 or 2013, but so far there has been no formal announcement.




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