Dodge Viper Plant Becomes Home Of FCA Historic Vehicle Collection


You can also buy over 1,800 pieces of Viper memorabilia from an online auction. The sale will benefit the United Way.

The FCA US' Connor Avenue Assembly Plant built the Dodge Viper for the sports car's entire production run, and the automaker began decommissioning the factory in 2017. Now, it will continue to house important automobiles by becoming the new site for FCA US' nearly 400 vehicle collection of concepts and historic models. FCA will now call the location Connor Center.

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"We are proud of our history and have been working diligently in the daily care and restoration of these important vehicles," Brandt Rosenbusch, FCA US Manager of Historical Services, said in the announcement. "This move will allow us to house all of our collection under one roof and have the space to share that history with our employees."

The 400,000-square-foot (37,161-square-meter) site offers plenty of room for storing the collection. FCA will also convert 77,000 square feet (7,154 square meter) of the space into a display area for 85 of the vehicles. For the time being, the site will only be for internal use, though. So journalists or employees will potentially be able to check out the models, but the location won't be open to the general public.

The factory's former administrative offices will become a meeting space for company functions and will potentially be open by the seconds quarter of the year.

In the process of decommissioning the plant, FCA discovered a treasure trove of Viper and Plymouth Prowler (another model from the factory) memorabilia. The company decided to put the items up for auction and for the proceeds to benefit United Way of Southeastern Michigan. The online sale runs here from March 21 through April 13. The items include lots of posters and art, eight signed Viper hoods, and parts of the Connor Avenue plant.

Source: FCA US


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