Former VIper factory to host FCA historic vehicle collection

Former VIper factory to host FCA historic vehicle collection

by Justin King

The 51-year-old Detroit plant will be converted to meeting and display space.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced plans to convert the former Dodge Viper factory into a private museum for its historic car collection.

The company will gut the 51-year-old Conner Avenue assembly plant and remodel the space to serve as an internal meeting and display space. Around 77,000 of the 400,000 square feet of floor space will be dedicated to display vehicles.

The factory is expected to host 85 of the nearly 400 concept and historic vehicles in FCA's collection, including a 1902 Rambler and 1924 Chrysler Touring.

"We are proud of our history and have been working diligently in the daily care and restoration of these important vehicles," says FCA historical services manager Brandt Rosenbusch. "This move will allow us to house all of our collection under one roof and have the space to share that history with our employees."

The automaker is also holding a Viper memorabilia auction to benefit the United Way. Over 1,800 items will be sold including signed hoods, prints and posters. The online auction opens March 21 and runs through April 13.