Most photos and text by Marc Rozman
Viper Club of America member D’Ann Rauh of Arp, Texas, was the buyer of the final 2010 Dodge Viper. D’Ann worked with Dodge to select personal touches, including custom bronzed gold exterior paint supplied by House of Kolor. The custom interior has leather appointments crafted by Tony Spampinito from Venzano, who has worked with D’Ann and her husband on previous Viper projects; they have the largest personal collection of Vipers in the world, with 40 of the Dodge cars.
Bob Soroka, from the 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.
The groups went from the Conner Avenue factory to a celebration at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, which received the proceeds from a series of items that were offered for sale at the event. Most of the key people involved in the Viper program were on hand (some of the notable absences were Bob Lutz, Dan Knott, and Pete Gladsz). Tom Gale was there and is always a gentlemen and car guy.
They had about 100 Vipers on hand and 450 Viper owners; people were flying in from all over the country.
The plaque spells out pretty good those involved in the build and special items installed on the car.
Dodge Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles and Conner Avenue Assembly Plant manager Shelly Brown Gordon. Over 400 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 since production started in 1992.
For 2010, the Dodge Viper ACR could do 0-60 in under four seconds, 0-100 in 11 seconds, an 11.5 quarter mile, and pull over 2.0 peak Gs; braking was rated at 60-0 in 100 feet. In its last year until the restart in around 2012, the Viper got a new fifth gear ratio (going from .741 to .796), redesigned rear wing and end plates, and a new short-throw shifter. The 600-horsepower 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR was a street-legal Viper engineered to dominate on the race track.
D’Ann presented plaques to all the people named below, as well as presenting this summary plaque.
How Dodge Vipers are built • Plastic and resin body parts • Conner Avenue Plant • 2013 Viper Event
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