Strange Story Out Of Washington
OLYMPIA — It’s not often a piece of automotive history is purposefully crushed into a cube.
But that’s exactly the fate of a rare, pristine Dodge Viper slated for destruction at the South Puget Sound Community College.
Automotive Technology Professor Norm Chapman said he received a letter from Chrysler notifying him that a $250,000 1992 pre-production Dodge Viper owned by the school must be destroyed. Chapman said he was unsure why Chrysler told him it had to be destroyed, 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.
The car — one of a collection of educational vipers donated by Chrysler to automotive schools nationwide — is a once in a lifetime vehicle, Chapman said.
“It was fourth off the line,” Chapman said. “To see a…
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