• Jul 2, 2010
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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Dodge Celebrates the Ultimate Factory Customized Viper
July 1, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich.
Dodge Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles (right) and plant manager Shelly Brown Gordon (third from right) welcomed more than 400 hundred loyal Viper owners at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit today to present the ultimate factory customized 2010 Dodge Viper coupe to proud new owner D'Ann Rauh (second from right). Rauh and her husband Wayne from Arp, Texas, own more than 40 Dodge Vipers - the largest personal collection of Vipers in the world.

A member of the Mid-South Viper Club of America, D'Ann Rauh worked exclusively with the Dodge Design team to select the personal touches she wanted on her car. The custom bronzed gold exterior paint was supplied by House of Kolor. The custom interior features various leather appointments, which were crafted by Tony Spampinito from Venzano, who has worked with the Rauhs on previous Viper projects.

Bob Soroka, from Chrysler Group LLC's Street and Racing Technology team, airbrushed layouts of Viper-significant race tracks into the custom-painted copper stripes applied by Prefix. The five-spoke forged-aluminum wheels are custom painted in dark graphite.

Members from both the Motor City Viper Club and the Viper Club of America participated in the celebration.

Rauh's Viper is the last of the current-generation Vipers built at the plant. Dodge has created more special-edition Viper models for the 2010 model year than all other model years combined. Production on the Dodge Viper started in 1992.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good lord,............ I didn't even know they still made them and by the looks of that turd gold used one, passing it off as new. Any whoooo off to my Local Chevy dealer for my SS Camaro. Do I look good in it? I'm 63, a younger 67......74. what ever....
      Steven R. Russell
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a "Ford" man, the more Dodge products we can get rid of, the better, LOL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have owned only two Chrysler products in my many years of driving. Both were crap. I do not believe that Chrysler Corp has made any cars since the 1950's.. They have built a lot of junkers but no cars. I can not afford a Ford, I can Dodge a Chrysler but Chevrolet made my day........ Bad Bow Tie
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats just what we needed... a 70's-inspired version of the Dodge Viper... truly ugly... I am surprised she didn't specify chrome spoke rims with gold trim... looks like something they built on Pimp My Ride!

      Some people just don't deserve to own certain cars even if they can afford them. The last Viper ever built should have been given more respect.

      • 4 Years Ago
      What's the draw of owning 40 versions of the same car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You like the car so much that you buy 40 so it's okay if you lose the other 39.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its a MOPAR ... with 40 MOPARS, 1 might work. Chrysler before Mercedes = Junk, Mercedes when with Chrysler = JUNK, And now Chysler and Fix it again tony (FIAT) ...JUNK+JUNK= INSTANT JUNK probably.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Husband - "honey where are my sunglasses?"
        Wife - "in the Viper"
        Husband - "......."
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Obama administration has already managed to kill off an entire AMERICAN nameplate, the Pontiac.... what's just one model? Heck, Dodge will probably follow soon enough anyway..... while Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, etc., keep plugging along untouched.... HEY AOL.. GONNA LET THIS ONE POST? OR WILL YOU REFUSE IT SINCE IT'S ON SUBJECT AND ALL, AND LET ANOTHER DATING SITE WITH A LINK POST INSTEAD?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Why isn"t anyone asking Fiat why they killed the American Viper?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fiat didn't kill the Viper, M-B did.

        2010 was already scheduled to be the last year of this platform. Daimler (and Cerberus) knew they weren't keeping the company so they did not want to spend money on developing the new Viper chassis. By the time Fiat came on the scene it was already too late to develop an '11 model. Knowing they need to focus on the real money makers, they decided to shelv the Viper until MY '13, after they get the main model line up to speed.

        As for all the haters, keep hatin'. Your mindless drivel is ever so entertaining.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how the morons complain about the unions yes at one time they did things that was way out there. Now the unions are going by the wayside and so is our paychecks companys don't give a rats a$$ about the people anymore you are a number they can find cheaper labor elsewhere. It's funny how if you had a collage education you where making big money well not no more they can get it cheaper from india. One point in mind is pharmacy well our company now has mail order scripts you no longer need to go to your local pharmacy so now they don't need those people hire less pay less. A large amount of the pop. don't care because they put it on the credit card and keep putting it on the credit card they think the credit card is a pay check too. Thats why this country in the shape its in want everything now pay later and keep paying later.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Horrific paint job...Ugh..Belongs on a 70's RV
      • 4 Years Ago
      R.I.P
      • 4 Years Ago
      "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."

      Because it's ugly and looks like it belongs in a late 60s shag-carpeted ranch-style home.

      The copper stripe is nice, but the jaundice yellow is horrid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like it.

        White, Silver, Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black are only so exciting.

        We can't all be beige!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree 110% Guess when you are flat-a$$ broke like Chrysler you allow Texans with more $$$ than brains to play car designer??? Color Designer anyway...

        I should post a YouTube of Homer Simpson as Chief Designer of his brothers car company!!! :) :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Big +1 on that one!

        It looks awful in that color and I'm almost offended to know that's the last one to roll off the line. Out of all of the Vipers to roll off that line, they had to let a colorblind woman get the last one?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Goodbye Viper. Hope you come back soon.
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