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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Raises $1.65 Million for Charity - More Than Any Other Car in Barrett-Jackson History

Dodge auctioned the first production 707-horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever, for $825.000 at the Sept. 27 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction.

The donations will go to Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area. The Engelstad Family Foundation of Las Vegas matched the auction price, bringing the grand total raised for Opportunity Village to $1.65 million. With their generous donation, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat raised more money for charity than any other car in Barrett-Jackson history.

Barrett-Jackson waved all bidding and consignment fees, so 100 percent of the sale price goes to the charity.

"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 and Head of Fleet Operations, 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."

The 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine with a 0001 vehicle identification number (VIN), 707 horsepower, drag radials, and 650 lb-ft. of torque right from the get-go allows the Hellcat to complete a NHRA-certified quarter-mile time in 10.8 seconds at 126 mph. The donated muscle car is the only Dodge Challenger to ever have a Viper-exclusive Stryker Red exterior - 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.

TorqueFlite eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission with rev-matching downshifts, 15.4-inch Brembo front disc brakes with two-piece rotors and six-piston calipers, the largest brakes ever offered by Chrysler Group and 20-by-9.5-inch lightweight matte black forged-aluminum wheels make the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat unique. The newly designed interior is trimmed in premium Black Laguna leather on performance-oriented seats, featuring the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen and an aluminum supercharger plenum cover under the hood.

The highest bid was made by Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and several Chrysler Group dealerships. Along with the vehicle, he received 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.

The Engelstad Family Foundation, which was established in honor of family patriarch Ralph Engelstad, has donated countless times to the Los Angeles community since 2002.

"With 707 horsepower, the 2015 Dodge Hellcat is more than just the most powerful muscle car built by an American manufacturer," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. "It is also the means to help countless people with severe intellectual and related disabilities reach their potential. We're honored that Dodge chose our 2014 Las Vegas auction to sell Hellcat VIN0001 to support Opportunity Village. Not only will the wonderful people at this organization benefit from the sale of this muscle car, but the winning bidder will own a truly amazing piece of American automotive history."

"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."

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