This has now become a custom for automakers from America to auction their performance cars of early examples for charity. The Barrett- Jackson auction at Las Vegas put up the very first of the Challenger SRT Hellcat and by God it fetched an unprecedented $825, 000 as the auctioneer’s gavel banged on the table at Mandalay Bay.
Now let us look at what the eventual buyer got for h is money’s worth. All that the buyer got for the amount was an abbreviated Chrysler 300, a glory hole of a headlamp, a blower, and huge brakes. However, the Viper paint booth had painted it with Stryker Red, and it was the only example that donned this shade of a reptile. The vehicle was also awarded a box of Hemi Orange containing sundry items and documents relevant to its construction and an iPad sleeve Hellcat embossed on it.
The first Hellcat will probably sit in a garage with climate control and all, unless it is owned by Jim Glickenhaus who will put it through a burnout in all probability, awaiting another auction in 2045 at Barrett-Jackson. On the brighter side auction brought more money for charity the purse enlarged by equal contribution from Engelstad Family Foundation making it a cumulative $1.65 million. The money will go Opportunity Village a non-profit organization run for helping people with limited intellectual abilities in the Los Vegas region.
The astonishing thing is that a car which went for an astronomical price of $825,000 for an extinct model does not even have a manual which the owner would look into every now and then when required. But it is normal for rich people to acquire such treasures for prestige and also for contributing to charity hence the whole exercise can be deemed as an auction well done.