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    Viper Assembly Plant to house FCA historic Vehicle Collection

    By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

    Meet the Display Vehicles of the New Conner Center




    FCA announced today that the Conner Avenue Viper Assembly Plant will now be known as the Conner Center and with the new name comes a new purpose. Since the Dodge Viper is no longer in production, the facility has been emptied of the assembly line and supporting items and when the project is completed during the second quarter of 2018, it will serve as an internal meeting facility and the new home of the FCA historic vehicle collection.

    Many of these vehicles were previously displayed at the Walter P Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, but the museum was shut down and the building was repurposed back in 2016. Since then, all of the special vehicles owned by FCA (and formerly owned by the Chrysler Group) have been tucked away in storage facilities around Metro Detroit. With the new Conner Center, all of those vehicles have a new home in Detroit, with display space for 85 vehicles with more than 300 others will be stored behind closed doors until they are rotated into the display area.

    It will be at least a few months until the 77,000 square foot historic vehicle display is complete, but in addition to the vehicles, this area will also have features from past auto shows. For instance, the art work below shows the display area of Conner Center with the large rings that hung from the ceiling of Cobo Hall of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. With other display pieces, those rings will join the many legendary Mopar machines to create a sort of museum of Chrysler vehicles.

    Although the display area is nothing more than a big, bare room right now, FCA rolled out some classic production models, some modern production models and many concept vehicles old and new to give the media an idea of what we will see when the Conner Center vehicle display is assembled. There were far fewer than the 85 vehicles that will eventually fill this space, but those models on hand were all that we really needed to get a small picture of the future display.

    The vehicles on display date back to the 1930s with the Chrysler Airflow, with an even spread of trucks, cars and SUVs from the past 80+ years. Included in this group is the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi, the 1969 Charger Daytona, the 1998 Chrysler Chronos Concept Car, the 2016 Challenger GT AWD Concept Car, a long list of Moab-bound Jeep concepts and an array of Viper concept, production and race cars.

    Below you will find a gallery of the vast majority of the vehicles on display in the Conner Center, providing a small look at what we can expect when this project is complete later this year.

    For those wondering, the Conner Center vehicle display is not slated for public visits, but I believe that once the facility is complete, being used for internal meetings, it will eventually be open for tours. It might not be open to the general public, but similar to the GM Heritage Center, the Conner Center display might be open to scheduled group tours for clubs and special events.


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