OLYMPIA — A Seattle-area college’s rare per-production Dodge Viper worth $250,000 will soon be crushed into a cube. That’s because Chrysler has ordered its entire fleet of educational Vipers to be destroyed.
Automotive Technology Professor Norm Chapman of the South Puget Sound Community College told Q13FOX he was stunned when he received the letter from Chrysler.
“It was fourth off the line,” Chapman said. “To see a piece of history get crushed like that would be sad.”
Chapman said the Viper only has 304 miles on it; all put on either by the manufacturer or on a mechanics rack at the school.
He believes Chrysler is ordering the destruction of all its educational Vipers because of liability reasons. Two other educational Vipers, not at his college, were involved in crashes while operating illegally outside the classroom.
But according to Chapman, this Viper doesn’t travel outside and has long been used to woo students into the automotive program.
Chrysler has publicly responded to these claims.
In a release Thursday the automaker said, “Chrysler Group donated a number of Dodge Viper vehicles to various trade schools for educational purposes. As part of the donation process, it is routine, 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.
With advancements in automotive technology over the past decade, it is unlikely that these vehicles offer any educational value to students.“
Chapman is still hoping for a “pardon from the Governor,” he said jokingly.
If not, the car is scheduled to be crushed in the next two-to-four weeks.