After production of a vehicle has ceased, manufacturers sometimes keep the last models they produce either for the company collection or for it to be placed in a museum. Instead of locking away the very last examples of the Dodge Viper and the Challenger SRT Demon however, Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) decided to auction off these vehicles – as a pair – for a good cause.
Over the weekend, FCA called for the help of Barrett-Jackson to help with the auction of the last production Viper and Demon. With a combined 1,485 horsepower – 645 from the Viper and 840 from the Demon – one lucky buyer brought home both of these final run models. Furthermore, all proceeds will be donated to the United Way charity. The final bid price came to a close at $1 million.
“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. 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,” said Steve Beahm, head of passenger cars at FCA North America.
The Viper is a 2017 model and is said to have been styled similar to the first Viper RT/10 in 1992 with a Viper Red exterior and black interior. It also includes carbon fiber accents, black Alcantara leather seats and an exclusive VIN instrument panel. Meanwhile, the Demon is a 2018 model which was hand painted Viper Red as well (originally black).
Called the 'Ultimate Last Chance Lot', it also included several pieces of memorabilia such as authentication kits for each vehicle containing the build sheet and authenticity letters to name a few.
With that, we finally bid farewell to the Dodge Viper and Demon.