Chrysler Orders Destruction of Valuable Vipers

It's just not a good time to be a rare American sports car right now. After eight Corvettes fell into a sinkhole last month, now a group of Dodge Vipers will soon suffer a similar fate. Chrysler is calling for 93 original Dodge Vipers to be destroyed from top to bottom. All of the ill-fated Vipers were once donated to high schools, community colleges, and universities for their automotive programs. One of the first Vipers ever made, a 1992 model with a VIN #4, is set to be axed after spending seven years at the South Puget Sound Community College in Washington. That car is valued at $250,000, way more than any new SRT Viper sold today.
Although it may be cruel, Chrysler said this is all part of "standard procedure." The automaker released a statement earlier today. "It is standard procedure -- and stipulated in our agreements -- that whenever vehicles are donated to institutions for education purposes that they are to be destroyed when they are no longer needed for their intended educational purposes," the statement read in part. "With advancements in automotive technology over the past decade, it is unlikely that these vehicles offer any educational value to students." For many, this explanation is not enough. Earlier reports suggested that the mass Viper destruction may be linked to an incident where two Vipers from the educational fleet once "got loose" and were involved in accidents, presenting Fiat-Chrysler with high costs and legal problems. Chrysler, however, denies this. But perhaps there is hope for the Vipers. Those looking to preserve these cars can sign a petition aimed to save these rare Vipers. Sources: Motor Trend, Chicago Tribune Photo Credit: Tom Witt