Last week we heard Dodge Viper production may end in 2017, with the closure of Fiat-Chrysler’s Conner Avenue plant in Detroit being worked into the automaker’s new contract with the UAW. That means the current-gen Viper will have only been produced for 4 model years (2013-2017), so could it be a future collector’s item?
If Viper production does end in 2017, that will likely spell the end of the 8.4-liter supercar as we know it. The Viper went away once before in 2010 only to be revived three years later, but with automaker’s receiving more and more pressure every year from government regulators to produce fuel-efficient cars, we can’t see a Viper revival happening again if it’s killed off.
Due to the fact that we’ll probably never see a raw, visceral product like the Viper again once it’s gone, we’re confident it could be worth something in the future. The production figures for the current fifth-gen model are also very low, with the 108 units sold last September being recognized as high for the nameplate, so they won’t be overly abundant in the future, either.
Additionally, Dodge has also produced more than one limited-run special edition Viper since its re-introduction in 2013. If you can get your hands on one of the 159 Viper Time Attack models or one of the 50 Anodized Carbon Edition GTS models, for example, you have an even rarer car than the standard Viper. We can’t see the new Viper ACR selling in large numbers, either, so it could also be a desirable relic of the past in some years’ time.
Predicting what cars may be a future classic is difficult, but we really do believe the Viper could hold its value as the years go on. We’re not willing to go out and drop $100,000 on a new Viper to find out, but maybe you are?