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Chrysler Demands Auto Shop Vipers Be Destroyed

Maker believes old models provide no educational value.

by on Mar.07, 2014

Chrysler Group denies that any of the 93 Dodge Vipers it donated to schools across the country have been involved in any accidents. They are simply no longer useful educational tools and aren't historically significant so they should be crushed.

The actions of a few rogues are coming back to haunt hundreds of unsuspecting innocents across the country, at least, that’s what students involved in an auto shop program thought when they received orders from Chrysler Group to destroy the 1992 Dodge Viper used by the program for educational purposes.

South Puget Sound Community College was ordered to crush the Viper that was donated to the program a decade ago within two weeks. According to reports, a Chrysler official said that a couple of the 93 Vipers donated across the country had been involved in accidents while driven by students, costing the company millions.

What a Concept!

The cars are still technically the property of Chrysler, thus the automaker was on the hook for any issues and now they considered the cars a liability and want them destroyed. (more…)

Chrysler Can’t Sell Viper and Decides To Keep It

Originally the sport car was listed as an asset to be liquidated.

by on Jul.10, 2009

Like Bob Lutz, the Viper he backed is not retiring.

Like Bob Lutz, the Viper he backed is not retiring.

Late this afternoon Chrysler Group LLC announced that production of the Dodge Viper SRT10 and its V-10 engine will continue at the Connor Avenue Assembly Plant, where they have been built since 1995.

In a bankruptcy court filing back in May the company said there was no taker for the sale of the car and its entire Conner Avenue plant for only $10 million, and listed Viper as an asset to be disposed of by the old company. Apparently a bid of some $5 million did not have financing behind it. See Viper video here.

As the bankruptcy proceeded the company changed its mind and transferred the business to the surviving Chrysler Group. These assets, besides the car, consist of a 392,000 square-foot plant in Detroit that occupies 27 acres. There, 115 employees assemble the Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe and Roadster along with the the V-10 engine. 

It's as fast as a Viper!

It's as fast as a Viper!

There seems to be no downside to continuing for the moment. The Viper business earned $16 million in 2008 by building 1545 cars and engines. However, during 2009 only 120 Vipers have been built thus far in a plant that is capable of building eight cars a day during its single, 40-hour shift.

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Harsh Reality Approaching for Chrysler

Automaker confirms it hopes to build Fiat products at Chrysler plants.

by on Feb.13, 2009

Facing harsh reality: Chrysler's Jim Press

Facing harsh reality: Chrysler's Jim Press

Chrysler is prepared to submit the updated version of its viability plan to its federal overlords, next week, which it hopes will demonstrate that the company not only can survive but actually thrive through the current downturn and beyond, Chrysler Vice Chairman Jim Press says.

“I can tell you we have accepted the fact that there is really is a harsh new reality in the auto industry,” Press said during remarks to the Economic Club of Chicago. “We are confident we have the right plan and we will see Chrysler, again, be a symbol of American innovation and craftsmanship,” he said.

“Everyone in the auto industry is being forced to rethink everything. The good news is that this is also the opportunity to fix a lot of things that should have been fixed a long time ago,” Press asserted.

The former Toyota executive also stressed that Chrysler is already well along in restructuring and repositioning its core business . “When we complete our viability plan, we will have eliminated 1.3 million units of installed capacity, or more than 30 percent, and reduced our fixed cost s by more than $3.8 billion,” he noted.

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The $250,000 Viper

Big money at the Barrett-Jackson

by on Jan.28, 2009

Hurst/Viper 1 goes for 250 "large" at the Barrett-Jackson

Hurst/Viper 1 goes for 250 "large" at the Barrett-Jackson

Though best known for delivering big bucks for classic cars, the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction, in Scottsdale, Arizona, rang the cash registers big time for this new Dodge Viper.

Actually, to be more accurate, it’s the Serial #1 50th Anniversary Hurst/Viper, which sold for a record-breaking $250,000 – more than any Hurst model or Viper has ever commanded at the BJ.

The first of only 50 to be built, the Hurst/Viper features the new Hurst HARD-DRIVE gold pistol-grip shifter, huge black chrome Hurst wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, Corsa exhaust and Moton Club Sport adjustable coil-over suspension with Eibach springs. To mark Hurst’s Golden Anniversary, the modified coupe is finished in a satin-gold paint with gloss black stripes. The interior features custom Hurst logo floor mats and a special Katzkin charcoal leather with Hurst embroidered logos, gold thread detailing and perforated leather inserts.

Half the sale price is being donated to a new Victory Junction camping facility for children for chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses to be built in Kansas City.

Now, if Chrysler could only get this much money for every Viper…