NEW YORK (MainStreet) First we saw the Corvettes collapse into a sinkhole in Kentucky. Now 93 rare Dodge Viper muscle cars will be crushed into oblivion. These are tough times for sports car enthusiasts.
A decade ago, the Chrysler Group donated nearly 100 preproduction Dodge Vipers to high schools, community colleges and universities for educational purposes. The fleet included a 1992 Viper pre-production unit fourth off the production line -- which was donated to South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Wash., according to Motor Authority. Now having an estimated value of $250,000, collectors across the nation -- reportedly including Jay Leno -- have attempted to buy it. It will be crushed instead.
"Approximately 10 years ago, Chrysler Group donated a number of Dodge Viper vehicles to various trade schools for educational purposes," Fiat-Chrysler said in a statement. "As part of the donation process, 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 automotive company also says that with advancements in automotive technology over the past decade, it is unlikely that these vehicles offer any additional educational value to students.
"Chrysler Group fully understands and appreciates the historical significance of the Viper and is very active in preserving many of its legendary models and designs for historic purposes however, none of these vehicles fit into this category," the statement concludes.