Chrysler orders college to destroy rare pre-production Dodge Viper

Posted at 7:21 AM, Mar 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-07 11:46:39-05

If you like fast cars this story might make you cry.

Chrysler has ordered South Puget Sound Community College in Washington to destroy a pristine $250,000 1992 pre-production Dodge Viper the company donated to the school in 1992.

The car – the fourth off the assembly line – was one of several  educational Vipers donated by Chrysler to automotive schools nationwide, according to

Automotive Technology Professor Norm Chapman said he received a letter from Chrysler notifying him the car must be destroyed. Chapman said he was unsure why Chrysler ordered the destruction, but said two other educational Vipers were involved in crashes while operating illegally outside the classroom, and he thinks the company may be responding to possible litigation.

Jay Leno even tried to buy the car in the 1990′s, but Chrysler refused to sell it to him, saying it was for educational purposes. It’s never even been on the road, Chapman said.

“Maybe it will get a pardon from the Governor like those turkeys over Thanksgiving,” Chapman said, chuckling.

Read more about the car, including how few miles it has, at