Friday, March 7, 2014

It's a Good Thing Carroll Shelby Is Dead...

...Because this story would probably kill him.

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.

7 comments:

Dave H said...

I doubt Mr. Shelby would be too upset. As a designer you're usually looking forward to the next project, not something you've already done.

Ted said...

As a pre-production car it didn't have a VIN so couldn't be registered, licensed or insured. So if some "shop class students" had "borrowed" the Viper and predictably crashed it the lawyers needed some deep pockets to sue.

......... And nobody saw that coming???

OTOH. Haveing a chance to work on a viper in shop Class beats making sheet metal boxes on a press break all day long....

Wally said...

this is why we cannot have nice things.

Old NFO said...

Wally is right, but I 'might' have made certain parts 'disappear' before it got crushed... :-)

Stretch said...

"OH! The humanity!"

I'm with OldNFO, the parts bin would have been well supplied before the crusher did its thing.

Anonymous said...

Send the lawyers to the crusher, not the car.

Al_in_Ottawa

MSgt B said...

I couldn't watch the video.

I just couldn't.