• Sep 14, 2008

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While sales of the Dodge Viper may be down, Chrysler President Jim Press insists that buyers have been lining up to buy the entire operation. Among those potentially interested are American powerhouses Roush and Saleen. The latter, it's worth noting, is already involved in making the Viper, painting the cars off the assembly line. Whatever company ends up buying the Viper operation, Chrysler expects to make anywhere from $50 million to three times that before it vacates its Conner Avenue plant by the end of 2011, and has hired financial firm Lazard Limited to handle the sale.

Potentially of equal interest will be the opportunity, as Press sees it, to expand the Viper line-up. We're not sure what else you could make on the V10 sportscar platform, considering that convertible, coupe and hard-core track-day versions are already in line-up. But we'd sure be interested to find out.



[Source: Car and Driver]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I am seriously considering buying a new Challenger Se for my dad. Should I be concerned if Chrysler does go bankrupt would this car drop in value quickly?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I am seriously considering buying a new Challenger Se for my dad. Should I be concerned if Chrysler does go bankrupt would this car drop in value quickly?"

        Of course it'll drop in value quickly if you buy a new Challenger. As soon as it hits the street, in fact. It'll be MSRP + some ridiculous amount the dealer will extort which will cause the drop to be even greater.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ok relax chrylser is not gunna go bankrupt dont listen to trishield hes just another chrylser hater
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh, and back off the Prowler....that car is awesome. One of the few cars in history that never lost it's value. No it's not that fast, but it's purpose was looking cool, not going fast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Thomas, name a car that has the internal panels painted the same as the exterior, outside of a ricetastic car show."

      PT Cruiser, Prowler are two.

      • 6 Years Ago
      "We're not sure what else you could make on the V10 sportscar platform, considering that convertible, coupe and hard-core track-day versions are already in line-up."

      A soccer van! We can't have the RS6 take all the market of supercars "for the whole family".

      Yes honey, it's very practical. The noise? That's just the exaust, don't worry, I told you I would get a sane car....
      • 6 Years Ago
      We should do what Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli siad and sell the Viper to Henessey.

      http://www.garage419.com/episode/419_20080902
        • 6 Years Ago
        I mean Chrysler...sorry
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess the probable scenario is:
      1. 2009 - Chrysler sells Viper to XYZ for $50M
      2. 201x - Chrysler fixes its operations
      3. 201x - Chrysler buys the same Viper back from XYZ for $5 billion to compliment its products with an established performance car
      4. 202x - Chrysler sells Viper to ZYX for for $50M as sales did not meet expectations
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chrysler isn't selling it because it doesn't make them money, but because CAFE regulations will soon make it impossible for a major auto maker to build it. It has nothing to do with its profitability or popularity.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If I had 50 million I'd totally be XYZ. Maybe I could get a loan...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I believe the viper name is owned in the UK by another comapny and the car is sold under the STR-10 name. Bad times for Chrysler!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I heard Hennessy was going to buy it, but when he asked if they would take a check, Chrysler fell down laughing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am pretty sure that Viper sales aren't down. (They are up but still not profitable.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're right -- sales are "up" but, clearly not helping Chrysler LLC when you're talking about 700 cars year to date (still a LOT better than I expected.)

        99% of makes and models are desperately behind already lowered estimates.

        Here's the Chrysler numbers:

        http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2008/09/03/098546.html


      • 6 Years Ago
      I can already imagine the ugly Saleen body kits on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The strip and flip of Chrysler by Cerberus has begun.

      Chrysler is dead. They're simply going to get a return on their investment by selling the parts they can and then using the dealer network and plants as a K-Mart outlet for other cars.

      Whomever purchases the Viper (if this news is true) will be getting everything, including Chrysler's V10 engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Saleen Viper? Roush Viper? Or just ... Viper? (like GM has spun off the Corvette as its own sub-brand in Europe)
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