The Dodge Viper is one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. Yet, there are still things people don't know about it.

Most gearheads would rank the Dodge Viper among their top three choices when asked to list the finest American sports cars. 

Early in the 1990s, when Dodge revealed the Viper, it instantly sparked a surge of excitement across the automotive industry ...

and rekindled the passion for American sports cars that had been on the wane.

Automotive aficionados adored everything about the Viper since it was faster than any other American sports car at the time, had a more streamlined look, 

and was far more enjoyable to drive than the unattractive, unpopular vehicles other manufacturers were producing. 

Let's examine some of the most intriguing details of this American legend now that the Viper's amazing tale has come to an end.

1). The Viper Was Bob Lutz's Idea At Chrysler's Advanced Design Studios in February 1989, Bob Lutz, then the company's head of global product development, 

met with famed car designer Tom Gale to discuss the company's future plans. 

Lutz intended to create a thrilling sports car that would be entirely apart from the sluggish and uninteresting cars that were then leaving manufacturing plants.

Gale embraced the concept when Lutz, a major lover of the legendary Shelby Cobra, 

offered that the business take into consideration producing a contemporary replica of the Cobra. After starting right away, Gale sent Lutz a clay model a few months later.

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