With the Dodge Viper finally being decommissioned back in 2017, the FCA US Connor Avenue Assembly plant is left with no vehicle to create along its assembly lines. Instead of repurposing the specialized plant for creating new vehicles in their lineup, FCA have instead opted to honor the birthing grounds of the Viper by putting up a structure of equal historic relevance – a new home for all of FCA’s important vehicles and concept cars.
The 37,161 square-meter plant, dubbed the Connor Center, will be repurposed to house over 400 vehicles that have played an important role in FCA’s history of creating automobiles. 7,151 sq/m of that space will become a prominent display area for 85 vehicles, but for now it appears that the site is only accessible by FCA employees. Journalists may have a crack at taking a peek, but for now it looks like the complex is yet to be opened to the public.
“We are proud of our history and have been working diligently in the daily care and restoration of these important vehicles," Brandt Rosenbusch, FCA US Manager of Historical Services, said in the announcement. "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.”
For the meantime though, FCA are auctioning off Viper memorabilia to declutter the Connor Avenue plant. Items such as art and posters, eight signed Viper hoods, and a bunch of other items have been put on auction to benefit United Way of Southeastern Michigan through its proceeds.
The Connor Center will likely become open for FCA functions and events sometime during the second quarter of this year.