The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 sold for $825,000 at the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson Auction on Saturday night. To the surprise of no one, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and serial VIN0001-buyer, bought the 707-hp collectable.
The sale benefitted Opportunity Village, a non-profit charity that serves people with intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area. The Engelstadt Family Foundation matched the auction price, bringing the donation to $1.65 million.
Hendrick already owns the first 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06, the first Corvette Stingray and the first Camaro ZL1. That’s a pretty good collection for anyone not named Leno. Feel free to speculate on what else is in his garage.
“The $1.65 million raised by auctioning this one-of-one Dodge Challenger 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. “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.”
It was comical, really. A bunch of journalists, lined up on the drag strip at Portland International Raceway, waiting to take their turn in the 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, one after the …
VIN0001 gets a special coat of stryker red paint, a color normally reserved for the Dodge Viper. It also includes special Hellcat badges on the instrument panel and supercharger, specific VIN documentation and some extra memorabilia. Hendrick gets a Hemi orange presentation box with an electronic build book of 0001 along with a video documentary of the build on an iPad mini. The iPad has a special Hellcat case and a Hellcat lithograph.
“We are so unbelievably thankful for the support of Dodge and Barrett-Jackson,” Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director, Opportunity Village, stated. “We are touched by their amazing generosity and support of our mission here to support individuals with disabilities by giving them the chance to lead independent and fulfilling lives.”