Viper Revisited

The recent post about the Dodge Viper has brought out some input from once- and present Team Viper members, including some photography from founding president of the Viper Club of America, Maurice Liang.

The recent post about the Dodge Viper has brought out some input from once- and present Team Viper members, including some photography from founding president of the Viper Club of America, Maurice Liang. Here he is, back in the day.

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While he (obviously) didn’t take that shot, the following were taken by him. Liang describes himself as “one of those rabid Viper fans who was bitten when I saw the concept car and wrote to Bob Lutz and said, ‘If you build this, I'll buy it!’” And thanks to Ralph Gilles (see below), he is following the development of the forthcoming Viper Gen V.

Here is a shot of the Viper assembly line at the New Mack plant.

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Here is the Viper after its introduction at the Detroit Auto Show in 1992.

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Yes, that’s Bob Lutz behind the wheel. The man in the light gray suit behind him is then-Engineering vp Francois Castaing. To the right of him is product design chief Tom Gale, and Carroll Shelby, who was an advisor to the project, is to Gale’s right.

This is the last Viper produced at Conner Assembly.

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The man in the front right is Ralph Gilles, who was heading up Dodge Div. at the time. Gilles was then, and continues to be, senior vice president of Design at Chrysler, and he is now the president and CEO of SRT Brand and Motorsports. The next Viper will be coming out under his direction.

Here are the original Viper concept and the last Viper built.

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Our thanks to Liang for these photos as well as to other Team Viper members who have shared their remembrances with us.