Introducing, the Devon GTX! But more on that in a moment.
Last August, we reported that Chrysler was putting up the Dodge Viper-design and manufacturing facility up for sale. Since then, we’ve been told that “several interested parties” were in talks with Chrysler about the Viper, but nothing beyond that.Ã‚Â
Finally, we have an update. AutoblogÃ‚Â reports the following from Chysler’s bankruptcy filings. First, Chrysler’s price tag on the Dodge Viper and all that came with it was $10 million USD. Second, there is one lone offer on the table from Devon Motor Works, a small company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The car pictured above, the Devon GTX, is clearly proportioned for the underpinnings of the Dodge Viper. Devon’s offer for the Viper is $5,5 million.Ã‚Â
The task now is to verify that Devon Motor Works has the money to back up the offer. The offer is a lowball, no doubt, but Chrysler would be wise to accept it. Unless any deal is secured, the plant and the Viper will likely disappear by the end of this year. Dodge Viper fans have to come to grips that it is officially “Last Call!” for their beloved, chaotic V-10 beast of a sports car.Ã‚Â
The business of the automobile is an ugly one, and when dealing with an emotional product like the Viper, it’s tough to accept this fate. To Chrysler, I say, let the Viper have a second life at the Devon Motor Works. We know it won’t be the same, but at least we have something new to look forward to.