There’s nothing like car culture passion. We see it every day, and a lot of people have witnessed it since late Wednesday when reports of Chrysler Group asking schools to “crush” early Dodge Vipers within the next couple of weeks.
While we very deeply appreciate – and can relate to – the passionate out-pouring to #SavetheVipers, we do need to clear the air about what’s going on and what we did.
So, let’s set the record straight.
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.
With advancements in automotive technology over the past decade, it is unlikely that these vehicles offer any educational value to students.
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.
1994 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe Concept. Chrysler Group maintains all of the legendary models and designs we produce and manufacture to help preserve our heritage.
However, none of the vehicles at the schools fit into this category.
Also, Chrysler Group has no record of any legal proceedings involving Dodge Viper vehicles donated to educational institutions being involved in accidents and product liability lawsuits.
To recap, the Vipers in question have no significant historical value, have not been involved in any accidents and serve no educational purpose – which is what they were designed to do at first.