Dodge Viper To Be Crushed By Chrysler

By: Chris Tepedino - March 14, 2014

In a decision that has ramifications across the country, Chrysler has ordered a number of Dodge Vipers to be crushed, because they no longer serve an educational purpose.

Chrysler released a statement on its blog on March 6 saying, “About 10 years ago, 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.”

But some schools and their students are taking the decision hard. At a community college in Washington, students and faculty reacted strongly after learning about the news.

“It’s like taking a family pet, putting it in front of kids and destroying it,” Norm Chapman, an automotive professor at South Puget Sound Community College, told ABC News.

School officials said Chrysler did not say why it wanted the Dodge Viper destroyed but that the contract signed when Chrysler donated the car to the school stipulates that the school is responsible for its destruction after Chrysler orders it. It has only 304 miles on it according to Norm Chapman, either put on by the mechanics rack or the manufacturer.

“It’s a much beloved car on campus,” Dean of College Relations Kellie Purce Braseth said.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, in Pennsylvania a Dodge Viper donated to a trade school will suffer the same fate. Donated in 1999, hundreds of students have worked on the Viper but its time is up due to Chrysler’s decision.

Chrysler notes on its blog that “We definitely understand and appreciate the historical significance of the Viper. And, we are sure to maintain any of the legendary models and designs for historic purposes. It’s our heritage so of course we take great pride in preserving it. However, none of the vehicles at the schools fit into this category.”

The schools must present evidence that the Vipers have been destroyed either by photograph or videotape.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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  • Jack Deckard

    dear Chrysler, that is a very foolish move to crush these vipers.It better to put them in the museum especially the prototype these cars are still worth money. are you throwing away million of dollars because of your whim! ha! I am not going to look at your new humpback,4 wheels turtles you are selling.I can’t sit in these smallcars anyway because my head is six inches away from the windshield.what do you think what would happen in an accident.my seat belt will not save me anyway.If the G.M. fought you in a duel they will beat you anyway!

  • BB3

    why not send the cars to auction and the money from the sale of the cars could go directly to the schools

    • reuben

      Yea a great Idea.

  • 1uncleduff

    Let the schools keep the cars. Chrysler has no need for them, nor any insurance involvement. The kids admire the cars and learn to fix newer Dodges.

  • Steven Manson

    Why are they outdated? Last I checked 2015 models still have pistons/valves and OBD2 Systems

  • RicherthanMidas

    The Chrysler Turbine cars of the early 1970’s suffered a similar humiliation: Because the fiberglass chassis’ were made by Ghia (Italy) and not made in the USA, Customs took chain saws to these beautiful machines. Sad! Actually It was Chrysler itself that had them destroyed, rather than pay an exhorbitant tariff. (Still sad!)

  • JzusPiece

    Show your support on Facebook and sign the petition.

    https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheVipers

    This is not okay – if there’s enough of an outpouring we may be able to change their minds.

    • jim

      What this article has failed to mention is that two of the vipers have been involved in accidents in which dodge was found liable for the cars and had to pay over 1mil. Blame the courts not dodge.

      • JzusPiece

        Chrysler group said they’re not aware of any lawsuits. Those original articles were regurgitating rumors.