As if it hasn't received enough publicity already, with its outrageous 707-horsepwer supercharged Hemi V-8 engine and 11-second quarter-mile capability, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has established another first.
The first production Hellcat, VIN 0001, crossed the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas this weekend with a selling price of $825,000 (all figures in U.S. funds), all of which was destined for charity.
But that wasn't the end of the story. The Engelstad Family Foundation matched the auction price, bringing the total charitable amount raised to $1.65-million.
The full amount of that largesse goes to the Las Vegas charity Opportunity Village, for Barrett-Jackson waived its customary fees as well.
As for the buyer, it was none other than noted car collector and NASCAR tram owner, Rick Hendrick, who is making a habit of buying such first-off-the-line creations.
Last April, he dropped $1-million on the first production 2015 Corvette Stingray Z06 and in January paid $650K for the first Camaro Z/28. Earlier, he nabbed the first2014 Corvette Stingray for $1.1-million.
A long-time Chevrolet dealer and race-car owner, Hendrick also owns a string of Chrysler stores, which may account for his newfound interest in the Dodge muscle car.
The combined $1.65-million earned from the Hellcat sale is the biggest single charitable donation for a single car in Barrett Jackson history.
In addition to its number 1 VIN tag, the iconic first-off Hellcat features Viper-exclusive Stryker Red paint, special Hellcat badging and a custom VIN0001 build package in a HEMI Orange painted engine presentation box that documents the car’s build and additional one-of-a-kind memorabilia.