Chrysler has ordered South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA to destroy a 1992 GTS Viper prototype donated to the school after students used it for driving off-campus. Although this particular car and 93 other Vipers donated to trade schools across the country did not have “historical significance,” Chrysler expressed that they expected the schools to destroy them once they “had lost their educational value.”
The full statement reads:
"Approximately 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 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. 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.
According to the Tacoma News Tribune, the car given to SPSCC was the 4th Dodge Viper ever made in 1992 and came with a 450-horsepower V10 and It has a 600-horsepower V10 engine, a 2,200-pound fiberglass body with a "makeshift hard-top."
The school has been given 2 weeks to crush the car. Students, however, have begun an online petition to save the car.