1800 items of Dodge Viper factory memorabilia for sale now!
FCA is selling paintings, mugs, clothing, posters, signs and even the sign over the door in an online auction. It’s mostly Viper but there are some Plymouth Prowler items, too
More than 1800 of items of Dodge Viper and Plymouth Prowler memorabilia are being sold off by FCA as the old Viper factory is cleared out to be turned into an FCA heritage museum.
The items include eight signed hoods, more than 500 pieces of art, prints, signage (including Le Mans banners) and posters, and an assortment of Viper merchandise from key chains to apparel to coffee mugs. The proceeds from their sale will go to United Way for Southeastern Michigan, a social services organisation in Detroit.
‘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,’ said Mike Tonietto, former Conner Avenue Assembly Plant manager and auction coordinator.
‘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.
‘We know there are lots of Viper – and a few Prowler – owners, fans and even employees around the world who will want to own a piece of automotive history,’ continued Tonietto. ‘This is a great way to share some one-of-a-kind pieces involving these iconic vehicles, while at the same time supporting an organisation that does so much good in the community.’
One of the many pieces of art being sold is a signed limited-edition print – number 14 of 300 – of the Viper GTS with portraits of the three former Chrysler executives responsible for its development. These are Bob Lutz, president and CEO; Tom Gale, vice president of product design and international operations; and Francois Castaing, vice president of vehicle engineering and general manager of powertrain operations.
Production of the Dodge Viper came to an end on 31 August 2017, and the plant was decommissioned. The assembly line was dismantled, office furniture removed and rooms cleaned out to turn the area into meeting and display space.
The company’s Historical Services group has selected items to be kept for display or its archive, but everything else is already live on an online auction site, and will run until April 13. Many items were at just a few dollars at the time of writing, but the Viper sign over the plant entrance door was already at $3325.
All items are being sold in ‘as is’ condition. Some have minimum starting bids and others have a Buy it Now option. Smaller items will be shipped to US bidders, while non-US bidders will need to arrange shipping. All larger items will have to be collected from the Connor facility.
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