July 25, 2014 – Dodge has announced plans to sell the first ever 2015 Dodge SRT Hellcat during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 Auction, which will be held at the magnificent Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino from September 25 – 27. The one-of-a kind Hellcat will be on display from July 31 – August 2 at Barrett-Jackson’s Second Annual Hot August Nights Event in Reno, Nevada but with all of the buzz around the most powerful American muscle car ever built, a pre-screening is hardly necessary so don’t expect a great bargain on this beauty.
Never mind the awesome 707-horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, this bad kitty is being offered sans bidding and consignment fees, with 100-percent of the sale proceeds going to charity. The deserving charity, a Las Vegas based non-profit organization called Opportunity Village, caters to the needs of people with significant intellectual disabilities. Nobody is expecting this thing to sell for sticker price but after all it is for a great cause.
This unique Hellcat will feature one-off Stryker Red paint (a color previously reserved for the iconic Viper), exclusive Hellcat badging, a video documentary, an electronic vehicle build book, still shots of the manufacturing process, a Hellcat embossed Laguna leather iPad sleeve, a signed Hellcat lithograph, and a specially designed “birth-certificate.” Let’s not forget that it will also be adorned with a vehicle identification number (VIN) that ends in 0001. “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’s also going to be 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 VIN001 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.”
So, what makes this car so special? First and foremost is a cutting edge supercharged 6.2-liter V8 Hemi engine that is rated at 707-horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Now mate that with an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission (complete with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters) and adaptive limited-slip rear differential and you have a factory car that can lay down an NHRA certified 10.8-second quarter-mile at 126 mph — unheard of! Now add 20-inch by 9.5-inch front wheels and 20-inch by 10-inch rear wheels, made of lightweight forged aluminum and finished in menacing matte black, and the largest brake system ever to equip a muscle car, and you are ready for so many diverse types of competitive driving that you are bound to like one of them. If your tastes run a little more towards road racing, then how about a set of Brembo brake rotors (drilled and ventilated, of course) 15.4-inch in the front and 14.2-inch in the rear with Brembo multi-piston (six in the front and four in the rear) providing fade-free braking, regardless of the circumstances.
Dodge already hit a home run with the interior look and feel of the earlier (2010 – 2014) Challenger, but if initial reports are accurate, the 2015 Hellcat will blow them all away with Laguna leather seating surfaces, a more modern instrumentation lay-out, more technology features, as well as special badging and logos on the dash, door panels, and headrests. “The 2015 Challenger Hellcat is already guaranteed to be one of the hottest cars that will roll through the Barrett-Jackson auction lanes in decades to come,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT Brands, Chrysler Group LLC. “The VIN 0001 being auctioned this year is the ultimate one-of-one collectible 2015 Dodge Challenger, as Dodge is ensuring there will never be another one like it.”
Here are 5 other extraordinary cars to watch in next weekend’s Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights Auction in Reno, Nevada. It begins July 31 and runs through August 2 at Spark’s Convention Center.
Lot # 726 1969 Dodge Super Bee Two-Door Hardtop
This Mopar is built for speed, and not so much for comfort, with a 440-cubic-inch engine and three carburetors, open-air hood, a bullet-proof Dana 60 rear differential, and doomsday Hemi four-speed manual transmission. This car represents what Chrysler offered the driving enthusiasts of the 1960s. Twenty years ago, we thought that would be as good as it would ever get, now look what is coming out of Detroit. There is a God and He loves hot-rodders!
Lot #691 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
This 1961 Corvette Convertible marks the last of the dual-quadrajet carb equipped Corvettes. Since a 327-cubic inch engine was introduced for 1962, the dual “quadra-bog” setup was gone and so were its warranty woes for Chevy techs. The new engine came with a single four-barrel that quieted customer complaint and lowered production costs. This car is one to watch because of its “Jewel Blue” paint scheme (only 855 Corvettes were sprayed this color in ’61) and four speed manual transmission with dual carb 283-cubic inch engine.
Lot #702 1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible
Despite a lack of matching numbers, this car provides a nostalgic experience for those of us who lived through the ‘70s. The durable Turbo 400 automatic transmission (B.O.P. bolt-pattern if you can remember that) has been replaced with the desirous four-speed manual gearbox, but otherwise everything is in order. This 1970 Goat Drop-Top features a Pontiac Ram-Air 400 engine, hood-mounted tachometer, and all of the ambience that only driving a convertible hot-rod on a warm summer evening can offer.
Lot #695 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Gasser
One of the last great pleasures is the ability to unleash your creative genius on an unsuspecting station wagon. This 1955 Chevy Nomad is a beautiful candidate. Many of the modifications performed could be relatively easily undone if you wanted to start over with your own vision or perhaps a factory restoration. I like the Gasser appearance with hippie graphics and green windows. Lot #695 has plenty of space for lots of fun friends and their baggage; it provides adequate power from a modified small-block and four-speed manual transmission, and it has modern air conditioning if things heat up too quickly.
Lot #393 1959 Oldsmobile 98 Two-Door Coupe
This Oldsmobile has a ton of curb appeal that seems as at home on the old NASCAR tracks of the ‘60s as it would be pulling up to your favorite honky-tonk. This car is sister to the “bubble-top” Chevrolet Impala and shared the 409-cubic inch engine platform. It features a beautiful red and black paint scheme (complete with color matched wheels) that takes me back to a simpler time.