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Skip to comments.Chrysler orders 93 rare, early Vipers to the crusher
Posted on 03/06/2014 3:06:01 PM PST by perfect stranger
The original Dodge Viper revealed in 1992 was a beast of a machine an attempt by then-Chrysler exec Bob Lutz to revive the spirit of the Shelby Cobra and give Chrysler a world-class sports car. Powered by a massive V-10 with 400 hp, the early Viper's brute force overwhelmed many drivers.
Today, the power that made the Viper a legend appears to be at the heart of an order from Chrysler to dozens of trade schools, demanding the immediate destruction of some 93 early Vipers, including a preproduction model that could likely fetch a couple hundred thousand dollars at auction.
Of those 93, the Viper at SPSCC stands out. It was the fourth Viper ever built, with a prototype hard top years before Dodge offered a production version. With no emissions controls, and no speed limiter, the V-10 can make 600 hp, and school instructors say it could be worth $250,000 to a museum or private Viper fan."
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” Powered by a massive V-10 with 400 hp, the early Viper’s brute force overwhelmed many drivers.”
Sounds to me like they fear a future lawsuit.
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