Throughout the Dodge Viper‘s long (and now finished) history, the sportscar had been available as a convertible – until the most-recent fifth generation, that is. The high-performance track weapon ended production last August without a drop-top version in sight, much to the chagrin of many fans.
Yet it turns out that the fifth-generation Dodge Viper could be had as either a convertible or a Targa-top coupe – just not straight from the factory. According to Road & Track, a Michigan-based company called Prefix Corporation could convert any 2013-’17 Dodge Viper into a full convertible or removable-roof-panel car, albeit at a hefty price: $12k to 15k for a Targa-style coupe, or a staggering $35k for a proper convertible.
Granted, those prices aren’t at all exorbitant if you consider the amount of work that went into each conversion. To make a Dodge Viper Targa, Prefix had to remove multiple interior and exterior body panels to provide the proper access and prevent damage, before removing the factory roof. The panel was then replaced with a carbon-fiber piece that could be painted to match the factory body paint or left with a glossy, exposed-weave finish – buyer’s choice. A new interior headliner was bonded onto the carbon roof panel, and weather seals and latches fitted to keep the roof in and the elements out when desired.
And anyway, despite the price, Prefix says it made around 25 to 30 examples of the Dodge Viper Targa before it had to stop as the latches, seals, and weather stripping were discontinued. The company still receives requests for Dodge Viper Targas, but it has to turn people away. Given that, if ever you see a Prefix-built Dodge Viper Targa for sale or auction, we might recommend spending the money to make it your own; the rare, overlooked conversion model isn’t liable to come back anytime soon.