Chrysler has defended itself against criticism from enthusiasts after it ordered 93 classic Dodge Vipers to be crushed.
The company donated the Vipers to trade schools and colleges across the States for educational purposes, but insisted the cars should be destroyed once they were no longer needed for automotive training.
In a statement, Chrysler said: “With advancements in automotive technology over the past decade, it is unlikely that these vehicles offer any educational value to students.
“Chrysler Group fully understands and appreciates the historical significance of the Viper and is very active in preserving many of its legendary models and designs for historic purposes.
“However, none of these vehicles fit into this category.”
Enthusiasts disagree, as the Vipers to be crushed reportedly include a pre-production car from 1992 – believed to be the fourth Viper ever built. As such, a petition asking for the cars to escape the crusher has attracted nearly 3,000 signatures.
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