If you’ve missed your chance to buy a brand new Dodge Viper, we have some good news. The American company will restart taking orders for its high-performance model by the end of the year, according to The Detroit News.

The order books for the 2017 Viper, the final model year for the car, were closed in early October, because the manufacturer needed some time to decide how many of them to build in total. Tim Kuniskis, head of Fiat Chrysler-North America passenger-car brands, explains:

“We actually had to shut down the ordering because we outran our headlights. We didn’t know if we were going to have enough parts to build all the cars that people ordered.”

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Ordering for the range-topping ACR variant was closed even earlier, in late September, and it turns out the manufacturer experienced a shortage of its custom-built carbon-fiber “extreme aero wings.” Because of that, “a bunch” of Vipers were left unfinished in Detroit.

2016 Dodge Viper TA
2016 Dodge Viper TA
2016 Dodge Viper TA

“The demand for ACR is off the charts — way more than we ever expected,” Kuniskis commented to The Detroit Press. “We are close to opening it back up now that we know how many more we can build. They will sell out quickly.”

Back to the reopened order books, this is really the last chance to buy a new Viper directly from the brand. “It was last call, now it’s really last call,” Kuniskis confirmed.

There’s no information about how many Vipers will be assembled, but we already know “99 percent of remaining production” was bought by Gerry Wood Dodge of Salisbury, a Dodge dealer in North Carolina.

So far, during this year, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Viper, Dodge has managed to deliver a total of 447 cars. In 2015 the brand sold only about 200 examples.

Source: The Detroit News

Gallery: 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

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