Sunday, September 28, 2014

First Retail 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Red Hot in Barrett-Jackson Sale



Plenty of classic and collectable cars were purchased at the recently-concluded 2014 Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction in Las Vegas. Selling everything from a Lamborghini Aventador to a 1964 Volkswagen Beetle, the three-day auction involved a vehicle suiting almost any taste going to a new home (With Barrett-Jackson collecting a healthy commission, of course). As always, American muscle car performance has driven the bidding to new heights. While past auctions had classic muscle attracting some high bids, this year's Las Vegas sale was topped by a brand-new model using 21st century technology to push performance to previously unmet plateaus for a production Mopar.

A 2015 model year tire melting two-door coupe, the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was part of Barrett-Jackson's primetime showcase at the auction. Also known as VIN 700001, the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat arriving for sale inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center was the first of its kind available for purchase. A super-powered 21st century muscle car, the Stryker Red-painted was the most potent Chrysler muscle car ever. The 707-horsepower 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission has been proven to go a quarter mile in 10.68 seconds.

For a vehicle of immense power and acceleration, bidders were just as aggressive as the 2015 SRT Hellcat. Bidding rocketed into the six-figure range almost immediately on the lot. By the time the auctioneer dropped the hammer, the first retail available, the temptation to own the black and red keys of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat fired-up bidding to $825,000 US (working out to almost $1,167 per horsepower). With the electrifying bidding, The 2015 model year muscle car was scored as the most-expensive lot sold at the 2014 Las Vegas auction.

Less than the $1,000,000 bid that captured the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 earlier this year in Scottsdale, the SRT Hellcat successfully eclipse the $300,000 highest bid for the first available 2015 Ford Mustang GT. The over $825,000 sale is also more than double Friday's highest price for an early retail example of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. While one lucky bidder won the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, another winner of the sale is the charity Opportunity Village who receives all the proceeds of the auction. 

As is the case with all 2015 Dodge Challengers, the SRT Hellcat is Canadian-built at Chrysler's Brampton, Ontario manufacturing plant.


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