It's pretty well established that the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is an insanely good deal for your money, if you pay MSRP. But it you want Hellcat VIN number 0001, you're going to pay more than the $59,995 sticker. A lot more. More than ten times more. All the more.
$825,000, in fact, is what the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 sold for this weekend at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas. And since not many people in the world have over 800 large to drop on a Dodge, Rick Hendrick, king-czar-emperor of Hendrick Motorsports, managed to snatch it up.
But weirdly enough, $825,000 is actually a pretty good deal for this car, if you consider that any money given to charity is a "good deal." The vehicle was donated by Dodge to support Opportunity Village, a non-profit that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area, according to the company, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.
Actually, make that 200% of the proceeds, as the Engelstad Family Foundation matched the purchase price with a further donation, bringing the grand total to $1,650,000.
But let's say you hate charity. Maybe you consider it to not be a good deal, but a very, very bad deal indeed. Well did you consider that Hellcat VIN0001 comes with tchotchkes like the Stryker Red paint only seen on the Viper, and "additional one-of-a-kind memorabilia?"
Huh, did you consider THAT?
I didn't think so. $825,000 is definitely worth it for some memorabilia.
Oh, and the thing's also got an automatic transmission.
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