The last Dodge Viper and Dodge Challenger SRT Demon ever built were auctioned off as a pair over the weekend, together fetching a $1-million winning bid that will benefit United Way – a nonprofit that works with and supports numerous charitable organizations across the country and around the world. With a combined 1,485 horsepower between the two cars, “The Ultimate Last Chance” auction inspired some heated bidding at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast Auction in Connecticut on Saturday.
Together, the last-ever Dodge Viper and Challenger SRT Demon were the biggest draw of Barrett-Jackson Northeast, pulling in more money than any other lot during the four-day auction. Both cars were painted Viper Red to match, with black interiors – an homage to the first-generation Dodge Viper RT/10, according to FCA. The lot included plenty of other memorabilia, including custom build sheets, authenticity letters, certification cards, iPads with videos and photos of the cars, and more.
“We know the power of the Dodge Viper and Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to put a smile on people’s faces; we’re smiling today because we know the power of this donation to the United Way,” says FCA North America Head of Passenger Car Brands Steve Beahm. “These particular vehicles mark the end of their eras as the last vehicles of their kind to be built; it’s rare to have just one such vehicle cross the auction block, much less a pair at the same time.”
While the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is officially out of production for good, rumor has it that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could launch a new-generation Dodge Viper in the coming years – albeit one with a V8 engine under the hood, rather than the familiar V10. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says there’s no plan to bring such a model to market, and indeed, it might prove difficult with the Viper’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant now shut down.
However, we’ve learned never to say never when it comes to future automobile plans.