Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 Raises $1.65 Million for Charity
The first production Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with VIN0001 has been auctioned at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas for $825,000 USD. The proceeds will benefit the Opportunity Village. This is a not-for-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area. Rick Hendrick, who is the owner of Hendrick Motorsports and several Chrysler Group dealerships, was the winning bidder at the auction.
What is more, the Engelstad Family Foundation of Las Vegas matched the auction price, bringing the grand total raised for Opportunity Village to $1.65 million US dollars. This is a historical moment, because with this generous donation, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat raised more money for charity than any other car in Barrett-Jackson history.
The most powerful muscle car ever built will also make a powerful impact on the people who benefit from the services of Opportunity Village. The VIN0001 muscle car is also the ultimate collectible. This one-of-one special edition is powered by the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine delivering 707 horsepower (520 kW) and 880 Nm (650 lb.-ft.) of torque.
The car also has a 0001 vehicle identification number (VIN) as well as an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 126 mph with drag radials. In addition, this is the only Dodge Challenger to ever have a Viper-exclusive Stryker Red exterior. It has been hand-painted at the Dodge Viper paint facility and it includes special Hellcat badging on the instrument panel and supercharger, specific VIN documentation and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.
The powertrain of the Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 is coupled with a class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission with rev-matching downshifts. The car also features 15.4-inch Brembo front disc brakes with two-piece rotors and six-piston calipers, and 20-by-9.5-inch lightweight matte black forged-aluminum wheels.
The interior is with new design and trimmed in premium Black Laguna leather on performance-oriented seats. Inside, there is also a modern dash layout including the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen and an authentic forged-aluminum supercharger plenum cover under the hood.
Furthermore, the auction package also features a 6.2-liter supercharger engine cover and a HEMI Orange painted base presentation box with a VIN0001 electronic vehicle build book and a video documentary on an iPad mini that shows the step-by-step build process of the car. And if you wonder what is in the presentation box, well Dodge says that there are still shots, vehicle footage, a customized key fob holder, an authentic Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat embossed Laguna Leather iPad sleeve, a SRT Hellcat lithograph and unique "birth certificate" for VIN0001.