The world may have said farewell to the Dodge Viper late last week, but we’ve chosen to celebrate 19 years of production, not mourn it.
Think you know your snake history? We’ve rounded up a crop of Vipers, Viper variants, or Viper-powered vehicles for this week’s guessing game. Think you know what’s featured in the photo above? Send us your best guess in the comments section below.
Did you guess last week’s military vehicle?
Pardon the delay, but since we’ve returned from an elongated weekend, we can confirm that last Friday’s mystery military vehicle was, in fact, a General Dynamics M1 A1 Abrams tank.
Although production was handled by General Dynamics, the M1 has some Mopar roots. Both General Motors and Chrysler were competing against one another in the early ’70s to win the Army’s XM815/XM1 contract. Ultimately, Chrysler’s design sealed the deal (ironic, since the M1 replaced the Chrysler-built M60), but Mother Mopar was forced to sell its defense division to General Dynamics in 1979. One year later, tanks were rolling off GD’s assembly line and into service.
Over the years, a number of projects sought to produce a successor to the M1, but each was either canceled or stripped of funding. A third revision of the M1 — the M1A3 — may reach prototype stage by 2014 — if approved for service, M1s could possibly remain in service until 2050.