• May 28, 2009

Devon Motor Works GTX rendering - Click above for an image gallery

According to court documents filed by Chrysler, there is but one lone official offer for the firm's Dodge Viper automotive business, and it is well under the $10 million asking price that the bankrupt automaker has been seeking. If a suitable buyer isn't found, it's likely that the Connor Avenue Assembly plant where the Viper is manufactured will be closed down this December.

The sole $5.5 million bid came from Devon Motor Works, a small boutique coachbuilder based in Grand Rapids, Michigan that has plans to launch a new supercar of its own called the Devon GTX, which we presume is based on the underpinnings of the Dodge Viper. The GTX is scheduled to make a run at the Nürburgring lap record for a car currently in production (currently held by a Dodge Viper ACR) sometime in July, after which it will be officially debuted at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours.

Chrysler first started putting out feelers for its Viper line last August, and the automaker still claims that it "has been approached by a number of parties interested in purchasing the business," though it's now clear that it's rather short on actual realistic offers. At this point, Chrysler is said to be looking into Devon's offer to verify that the small company has sufficient resources to close the deal.



[Sources: Detroit Free Press, Devon Motor Works, Wall Street Journal]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that the 10mil is the price of the nameplate, not what it would cost to keep manufacturing operations going.

      That said, I remember hearing that the Race-spec version of the Viper sold out in either the 08/09 model year (whenever the refresh happened). I don't know if the franchise as a whole has been a money maker, or a money looser. Its a nitch vehicle, so even if it turns a profit it wouldn't be enough to keep Chrysler afloat. I personally think its stupid for Chrysler to sell their halo car. It is short sided, and offers little for the buyer or the seller.

      Factory Five Racing should by this nameplate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Now that is interesting, FFR would be a great fit. But since they're discounting their kits. Probably don't have enough dough. Be good idea to keep it American.
        Well, how bout it Obama? Geither? Since we're spending away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it kinda looks like a TVR.....kinda.....i like it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Viper ACR does -not- hold the lap record, the Radical SR8 does, with a 6'55 run in completely street-legal trim.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who doesn't like this car? It's more than just the two-tone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A single Dodge Viper costs $100K and the entire business with assembly plant costs only $10 million?!?!

      That's cheap enough for a single wealthy fan to buy for personal vanity. I'd think that they could get more than $10 million in scrap value.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like somebody's been using Bunkspeed!

      The parting line on the hood is interesting. I agree with 2004m3driver, the two-tone needs to go. And maybe move the greenhouse back just a bit too to give it a longer hood. Like it overall though. But seems more Vette'ish than Viper'ish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks cool, but how are the doors going to open? The two tone has to go because it's only time before somebody makes that into wood paneling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it looks like they would either tilt or lambo the way they r cut out
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler should sell it for whatever this bidder will pay. The world needs Vipers like it does those bacon cheesburgers with Krispy Kreme doughnut buns.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nice, except the two tone is a bit too distracting/ugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        FORD SHOULD BUY THE RIGHTS!!!

        Back story!!! I knew I remembered this for a reason! Back before the Viper was the Viper a man in Peabody, MA made a car called the Mongoose which was dubbed the "Next Generation Mustang". Well, this guy pitched the car design to Ford, they declined. Then to GM, they declined. Then to Chrysler, they declined.

        Then, years later a car came out that look like a 99% clone of the Mongoose, its name was and is "Dodge Viper". When I say clone, I really mean it! There were local newspaper pictures of them side by side. The man filed a lawsuit against Chrysler and I never heard anything after that.

        So the original concept by the man in Peabody, MA was to have it be a Ford Mustang so why not make it a Ford! I think they'd get a SHHHHHT load of PR for buying it that would make it well worth the investment. They can slam the Ford GT engine etc in it. Imagine the headlines across the board???

        Then Ford would have an on-the-level competitor to the vette... Instantly!

        And for anyone that says "that's just not right in any way" consider that Cadillac was Henry Ford's first car company!.... :-)

        Here are my posts from years ago if you REALLY want to read them!

        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/04/video-autoblog-talks-design-with-ford-director-peter-horbury/comments/12473994/

        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/11/27/top-ten-things-autoblog-is-thankful-for/
        • 5 Years Ago
        To me it looks awesome, an worthy succesor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "At this point, Chrysler is said to be looking into Devon's offer to verify that the small company has sufficient resources to close the deal."

      I'm sure they're good judge of that!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better to sell it off than kill the brand.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What can anybody say?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "beggers can't be choosers"

        ...?
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