March 6, 2014 4:27 PM
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
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
With advancements in automotive technology over the past decade, it
is unlikely that these vehicles offer any educational value to
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
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