Crushing a Dodge Viper: Is this Story All True?
More Questions Than Answers In This 'Pre-Production Viper' Story
Every once in a while, I come across a news story that doesn't quite add up. Take, for example, the article published this week by the Seattle Times describing Chrysler's decision to crush a pre-production Dodge Viper that had been gifted to the South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC). The reason behind the request to have the Viper destroyed is sadly a legal one: Chrysler is concerned that the vehicle, which was never offered for sale and doesn't possess the necessary safety or pollution equipment to be considered streetable, will be driven on a public road and leave the company open to civil liability in the event of an accident.
That's not the weird part of the article. Diving into the details of the Dodge Viper in question reveals a number of claims that simply don't add up. Most glaring is the fact that the Seattle Times - along with a number of other outlets that picked up the story and ran with it - is claiming that this is a 1992 Dodge Viper, and in fact, is the fourth such car ever built.
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