Chrysler to community college: Crush ’92 Viper we gave you
Automotive professors and students at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) were in shock Tuesday after being notified their $250,000 preproduction Dodge Viper SRT must be destroyed within two weeks.
“It’s like the day Kennedy was shot,” Norm Chapman, automotive-technology professor at SPSCC, said. “No one will forget where they were when they heard the news.”
Okay, maybe that is a bit of a stretch, but you certainly can't blame the professor of automotive technology for being a little verklempt at the news their prized test car needed to be destroyed. Chrysler donated a number of Vipers (and, presumably, other makes as well) to different automotive schools around the country as test models, mostly cars that were not road worthy or otherwise unsaleable. Apparently, a couple of schools brought the cars out on the road, got into accidents, and as a result Chrysler was sued.
As a result, they have asked that the donor cars be destroyed, which is in the agreement that the schools signed when they received the vehicle. It's sad, but it's pretty much to be expected given the current circumstances of our society - a teaching school with a 600+HP super car is a lawsuit waiting to happen, and apparently it finally did.
And, finally, just to make you cry, here's one of the cars meeting its demise:
Yeah, I know, I want to cry, too...
That is all.