One-of-a-Kind Dodge Challenger Raises $1.65M for Charity

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Sept. 30, 2014—The most powerful muscle car of all time was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas this past weekend, and its NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds isn’t the cars only record-setting feat.

The 707-horsepower, one-of-a-kind 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever built by an American manufacturer, went for $825,000 at the auction. Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and several Chrysler Group dealerships, ponied up to buy the car.

The money raised through the sale will go to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas–based non-profit organization that serves people in the community with intellectual disabilities.

The Engelstad Family Foundation of Las Vegas matched the auction price, bringing the grand total raised for Opportunity Village to $1.65 million, making it so 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 will go to Opportunity Village.

"With 707 horsepower, the 2015 Dodge Hellcat is more than just the most powerful muscle car built by an American manufacturer," Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company said in a release. "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."

"We are so unbelievably thankful for the support of Dodge and Barrett-Jackson," Linda Smith, associate executive director of 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."

Additional information on Opportunity Village can be found at opportunityvillage.org.

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