The pre-production modern muscle cars were donated to high school, community college and university automotive programs for research and, in the case of South Puget Sound Community College, promotional purposes, The Seattle Times reports.
South Pugent Sound has one of the first Vipers ever made, a 1992 with VIN #4. Making the rounds at Washington auto shows and high schools, the rare Viper is a prime photo opportunity, The Seattle Times reports. It even got the attention of car-collecting comedian Jay Leno, who unsuccessfully tried to purchase it from Chrysler during the 1990s, says Viknesh Vijayenthrian for Motor Authority.
It’s valued at $250,000.
And it, along with 92 others, are being destroyed.
Two Vipers donated for educational purposes had “got loose,” Chyrsler said in an email that demanded the cars to be destroyed within 2 weeks. The rogue Vipers were involved in accidents which cost millions to parent company Fiat, according to the Seattle Times.
Two bad apples.
Chrysler reserves the right to destroy the preproduction donated Vipers, which were not street legal and left Fiat Chrysler Automotive liable, evidently.
The earliest Vipers made from 1992-1994 started at about $50,000 and had a 8-liter, 10-cylinder engine that went 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and topped out at 165 mph. The lightweight, high-power muscle car has graduated into an SRT Viper with an 8.4-liter V10 that hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and tops out at 206 mph.
Starting at $103,000, the 2014 SRT Viper is worth far less than the one to be demolished in South Puget Sound.