Imagine you owned one of the first preproduction Dodge Vipers ever built and you have kept it in great condition for years. Now imagine Fiat-Chrysler Automotives sent you a better saying you have to destroy the car. Hopefully this has never happened to you, but for college automotive technology departments who were donated the preproduction Vipers as part of a Chrysler program 10 years ago it is a very real scenario.
Obviously the schools aren’t thrilled about having to scrap preproduction Dodge Vipers that are worth at least $40,000 and possibly much more to the right collector or museum. However since the cars still technically belong to Chrysler they can order the cars to be destroyed. According to a press release by FCA it is common for this type of request to be made.
“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 preproduction vipers, like the one show above definitely meet that categorical requirement as they were built without emission control systems or speed limiters and are vastly different than the types of vehicles most budding auto mechanics will service in their lifetimes.
While you can’t buy any preproduction Dodge Vipers, Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram would be happy to sell you a much newer Viper instead.