Sometimes, even after a vehicle has been discontinued, automakers still have stock on hand to sell. And it can take years to get rid of them.
The entire proceeds go to charity.
The two cars will not ride on an Alfa Romeo platform.
On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder and Consumer Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski. We talk about the possible rebirth of the Dodge Viper and Jaguar XK, as well as the recent goings-on at Tesla. Then we share some of our experiences driving in Europe. We also discuss the cars we've been driving, and help spend another listener's hard-earned dough in this week's "Spend My Money" segment.
First came the mourning for the Dodge Viper, which ended production last year. Then came the Viper's continued sales run as a "Zombie Car;" we just wrote about how the Viper has racked up 11 sales so far this year, two of them in April. Now Car and Driver reports that the two-seater snake will return shorty for its second encore after being discontinued in 2009. The mag isn't equivocal about it, either, writing, "trust us: A new Viper is happening." It won't, however, be the same Viper that brou
These automobiles may have been discontinued years ago, but that hasn't stopped automakers from recording a few sales of these unloved zombie cars.
A little while ago we wrote about the Dodge Viper factory being recommissioned into a museum that will hold the historic cars originally evicted from the Walter P. Chrysler museum. Now, what happened to the last Viper that factory built? It's getting auctioned off, in good company.
After the Walter P. Chrysler Museum's clearout, it was obvious that the company's 400-vehicle collection would not be lost, but it took until now for FCA to announce new premises for the cars. The place for them will be created from the former home of the Dodge Viper, the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant close to the 8 Mile Road in Detroit.
A full documentary video has now been released.
Come along on the Viper's last ride.
The team can't quite dip below 7 minutes.
One last hurrah for the Viper.
Shipping two cars, two drivers, and renting the track isn't cheap.
Good news: there won't be any special markup on the cars.