Today, Dodge just put up nearly 200 pieces of Viper and Prowler memorabilia for auction benefitting United Way of Southeast Michigan. It's all stuff being cleared out of the Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit, where the Viper was built until production ended last August (and previously, where the Prowler was assembled). The auction—which will eventually encompass over 1800 items—ends on April 13th, so get your bids in soon.
The stuff currently available encompasses mostly smaller items—posters, clothing, keychains and photos—but there are some very interesting large pieces too. Eight Viper hoods signed by enthusiasts are available, and is even up for bidding. And for the little Viper enthusiasts, there are .
"We found things like signed sketches, photos and posters, not to mention all of the items that were part of the operations of the plant," former plant manager Mike Tonietto said in a statement. "As more and more items were discovered, the question became 'what do we do with them?'
"Rather than store them somewhere where they would never be seen or, worse yet, disposed of, we decided to auction them off," he said.
Dodge announced today that it will repurpose the Connor Avenue plant as the new home of the Fiat-Chrysler heritage collection of classic concept and production cars. Someday, the collection could be opened to the public. But until then, as the cleanup progresses, all the leftover Viper and Prowler stuff has to go.
So get bidding. You know you need .