Last week Gerry Wood Dodge in Salisbury North Carolina announced it had placed a huge order for 135 2017 Dodge Vipers, which it said represented “99 percent,” of remaining 2017 Viper production. It turns out that’s not true, as Fiat Chrysler has now closed the 2017 Viper order books to determine how many more it can build before the car’s Conner Avenue Assembly plant closes for good later this year.
Dodge told The Detroit News it officially closed the order books for the Viper ACR on September 27th and closed orders for the standard Viper on October 7th. It declined to say how many Viper units it would produce for the 2017 model year, with a spokesperson saying it is “currently studying just how many more Vipers can be built.”
“Ordering is still closed for all Viper models,” Dodge said in an emailed statement. “Again, the ordering system will be re-opened, but the timing on when that will happen is still to be determined.”
Gerry Wood Dodge currently has 128 2017 Vipers listed for sale on its website. FCA said while Gerry Wood Dodge may have placed a very large order, it’s “important to note that other dealers still have Viper stock,” such as Ben Keating’s ViperExchange and other major Viper dealers like Woodhouse Dodge in Blair, Neb. and Grapevine Dodge in Grapevine, Texas.
Dodge announced earlier this year that 2017 would be the final production year for the beloved Viper sportscar. It debuted a series of special-edition models, all of which sold out in less than a week. Notably, all 28 examples of the 2017 Viper 1:28 Edition ACR, which was built to mark the Viper’s record-breaking lap of Laguna Seca, sold out in 40 minutes.