Dodge Challenger Hellcat VIN0001 fetches $825K at auction

Charity auction sale price matched by foundation, raising total of $1.65 million.

A Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was the charity winner at the recent Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas, sparking a biding war that finally topped out at $825,000.

As the first production example of Chrysler's new flagship muscle car, the Hellcat-powered model was donated to collect proceeds for a not-for-profit group, Opportunity Village, that helps people with intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area. The Engelstad Family Foundation matched the auction price, bringing the total contributions up to $1.65 million.

The winning bid was placed by Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and a handful of Chrysler dealerships.

Aside from carrying VIN 0001, the car is also the only Challenger that will ever feature the Viper-exclusive color Stryker for the exterior. The metallic hue is contrasted against matte black wheels. Consistent with the production vehicles, it is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 707 horsepower.

"With their generous donation, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat raised more money for charity than any other car in Barrett-Jackson history," Chrysler said in a statement.

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