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Ralph Gilles and D'Ann Rauh with the final Dodge Viper - Click above for high-res gallery

The 2010 Dodge Viper is many things, awesome among them. So when you're buying something truly awesome, what do you do? Paint it earth tones, of course. Brown cars are the zenith of cool, and the very last Viper (for now) rolled out of the Conner Avenue plant wearing bronzed gold House of Kolor paint with copper-hued stripes. Airbrushed on those stripes by SRT's Bob Soroka are pictograms of race tracks that bear special significance for the Viper.

The last of the current-generation Vipers turned out to be a coupe, factory customized for owner D'Ann Rauh. D'Ann and her husband Wayne Rauh own the largest personal stash of Vipers, totaling more than 40 cars. Not only does Rauh's car wear a stunning color palette, the interior has custom leatherwork by Tony Spampinito, a veteran of the Rauh's past Viper projects. Dark graphite finished forged aluminum wheels tuck under the flashy bodywork, and seeing the Viper wearing the hue makes one wonder why there's never been a shade of umber offered on the Viper's flanks before. Maybe next time, whenever that is. Full details in the press release after the jump.

[source: Chrysler]

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Viper curtain call: final snake rolls off the line in Detroit

Greg Migliore

AutoWeek -- July 2, 2010 - 1:28 pm ET

DETROIT -- It was the end of the line for an icon. Clad in custom bronzed gold paint, the final current-generation Dodge Viper rolled off the assembly line Thursday in Detroit.

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 largest personal collection of Vipers in the world.

This final Viper makes the end of production for the Dodge supercar, which launched in 1992 and was a pet-project of then Chrysler executive Bob Lutz.

It's been a favorite or racers and car enthusiasts alike for two decades, and Dodge marked the end of the line this year with a number of special models, including a Vooodoo and ACR-X.

The last Viper also had a custom leather interior and dark graphite, five-spoke forged aluminum wheels. On top of all of this, significant Viper race tracks have been airbrushed into the custom-painted copper stripes.

More than 400 Viper owners and Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles were present at the Conner Avenue assembly plant, 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 supercar returned for an encore this year.

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

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100702/OEM01/100709961/1251#ixzz0sYpTU7QF

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See, now that's how you send off the last of a production run. Not just any old silver car destined for a fleet lot.

Difference is people actually gave a$h! about the Viper.

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Last Dodge Viper Rolls Off the Production Line [with Video]

Saturday, July 03, 2010


It's the end of the line [at least for now] for one of the most recognizable and iconic American sports cars of the past two decades as the last of the current-generation Dodge Vipers "slithered" its way out of the firm's Conner Avenue plant in Detroit.

The final example of the 2010 Dodge Viper is a customized coupe model for D'Ann Rauh (second from right in the picture), who along with her husband Wayne from Arp, Texas, own more than 40 Dodge Vipers. The Texas couple own the largest personal collection of Vipers in the world.

Rauh's Viper is finished in a custom bronzed gold exterior paint supplied by House of Kolor, while unique interior features include various leather appointments crafted by Tony Spampinito from Venzano. The dark graphite five-spoke forged-aluminum wheels complete the package.

Production of the V10-powered Dodge Viper started in 1992. A next generation model has been rumored but not officially confirmed.



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