The automotive technology department at the Olympia, Washington, school was contacted by a Chrysler representative this week, and told that it had two weeks to destroy the donated 1992 Dodge Viper supercar it used in its classes.
The vehicle is a pre-production model, and not certified for street use. It’s common practice for such cars to be given to educational programs to teach students about car repair and engineering, but the automakers technically retain legal ownership of the vehicles. This particular car was originally given to nearby Shoreline Community College, but SPSCC took possession of it in 2007.
It was also the fourth Viper produced, and considered by some to have historical significance due to its early build and the fact that it features a hard top four years before the production version would be offered with one.
Ninety-two additional Vipers are understood to have been donated to other institutions, several of which have reported receiving the same orders from Chrysler to dispose of the cars.
South Puget Sound Community College wasn’t given an official reason for the request, but automotive-technology professor Norm Chapman tells FoxNews.com that the rumor going around was that two of the had “got loose” and were involved in accidents on public roads, leading to millions of dollars in claims against the automaker, so it was shutting down the program to protect itself from further liability.