The last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon completed its march through the production line this week at the FCA plant in Brampton, Ontario. At present, it is not known what the company is planning as replacement for its high-performance model. We have a little idea of what it might be, but more on that further down.
The last model is currently draped in black, but it will get a makeover to adopt the same red as features on the Dodge Viper. Why? Because this Challenger SRT Demon will be heading for auction at Barrett-Jackson between June 20 and 23, where it will be offered to the highest bidder in combo with… the last Dodge Viper, which rolled off its own assembly line in August 2017.
The car features one-off 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and has a plaque that will be mounted on the dashboard.
If the idea of acquiring these unique models interests you, you might need to take out a second mortgage. The two will be auctioned off as a pair, inseparable.
It’s a safe bet that the winning bidder will quickly ship the two cars off to the facility housing their private car collection. For the auction, Dodge is throwing in matching covers as well as an authentication kit to certify them as legitimate.
Experts are expecting the bidding to climb above $1 million USD before the historic duo finds its buyer. The good news is that all of the profits generated by the sale will go to the United Way charity organization, which works in aid of communities in need around the world.
Back to the Challenger SRT Demon. This monster delivers a maximum output of 840 hp, and 3,300 units of it have been produced in all – 3,000 for the U.S. market and 300 for Canada.
In 2011 the first SRT 392 variant of the Challenger got a production run of 1492 units, 1,100 which were sold south of the border and 392 in Canada. There had been talk of it being a limited edition destined for collectors, but its great popularity led the automaker to bring it back to the catalogue.
It’s entirely possible that the SRT Demon could get the same treatment. The officially defunct Viper, after all, might already be in the process of being revived, although in altered form.
This is why any talk of a “last edition” should be taken with a certain grain of salt. All the same, there’s no doubt the car is of historic interest. It will always be the last unit of the first run of the model.