It has become a frequent occurrence for automakers to auction off the first production model of highly sought-after cars, and the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is no exception. At the recent Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas, the Hellcat with a unique VIN0001 package sold for $825,000.
Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and several Chrysler dealerships, placed the winning bid. This amount was matched by the Engelstad Family Foundation, meaning that the Hellcat raised $1.65 million for the Opportunity Village non-profit organization in Las Vegas. With the matching donation, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat now has the distinction of raising more money for charity than any other car in Barrett-Jackson history.
“The $1.65 million raised by auctioning this one-of-one Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction means the most powerful muscle car ever will also have a very powerful impact on the people who benefit from the services of Opportunity Village,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT Brands, Chrysler Group LLC, in a statement. “The VIN0001 muscle car was not only one of the hottest cars that rolled through the Barrett-Jackson auction lanes, it is also the ultimate collectible 2015 Dodge Challenger as Dodge is ensuring there will never be another one like it.”
In addition to being VIN0001, the unique Hellcat featured Viper-exclusive Stryker Red paint, special badging, and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.
Here at Shuman Motor Company, we are amazed to see the generosity of everyone involved in this auction, including Chrysler, Rick Hendrick, the Engelstad Family Foundation, and the Barrett-Jackson auction, which waived all auction fees.