• Jan 20th 2008 at 1:25AM
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Click on the image above for more of the first concept Challenger

We were hoping Dodge would give us our first look at the production version Dodge Challenger at Barrett-Jackson (we've seen plenty of it already with the reader-submitted photos!), but to no avail. The concept car was brought to represent what potential buyers would actually be bidding on - the first production Dodge Challenger SRT8. The car will come with all available options including the 6.1-liter Hemi V8, 5-speed automatic transmission, navigation, and sunroof. A plaque on the dash will identify it as car #1.

Not quite as high as the first GT500 KR or Corvette ZR1, the gavel dropped at a mere $400,000 (before auction fees) for the first Challenger. The winning bidder also gets two VIP passes to the Dodge Challenger 500 NASCAR race later this year. All proceeds from the sale will benefit notMYkid, an organization dedicated to understanding youth behavioral issues.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      "notMYkid, an organization dedicated to understanding youth behavioral issues"

      IS this for real?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm actually glad it didn't sell for as much as the ZR-1 or GT500KR. Maybe that means it won't carry the $10,000+ markup those cars probably will. I might actually be able to buy one within the first year or two at a reasonable price. Not like when I went to look at trading in my '03 Cobra for a GT500 and most dealers wouldn't budge at $15,000 over sticker.
      Ben Beauvais
      • 7 Years Ago
      Craig Jackson bought this himself...

      He raised the bid on this car 4 times, and on the last one, people said, "sure, take it." I know on eBay, that kind of is illegal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't see there being any major issues. It's all LX drivetrain and most of its structure. Personally I'm waiting for the 09' R/T's - And yes a T/A or better yet RoadRunner edition would be simply awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uh, no I was right the first time. Have you ever driven an american manual-trans car from the 70's? Fun and not fun at the same time. I'd prefer one (manual), but I also like playing paintball/airsoft despite the fact that sometimes it downright hurts. These aren't tin-can Austins and Fiats.

        It's not a lazy American syndrome - it's a, these cars tipped the scales and were designed to go fast in a straight line - and no manual of the day could shift faster than those auto's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        All 2008 Challengers have EVERY option, including auto. 2009 you will be able to select Manual (without MDS) and Auto w/MDS.

        All the best muscle cars were automatic, I think most people forget that (or are too young to know better).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if the low-ish price was because you weren't able to know what you were buying (not that it should matter with such a high-profile pony car revival.)

      Still good money all to a good charity.
        Jim Gilliland
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think you guys are overlooking something.

        I'm not exactually sure about the price of the Mustang, but the 'vette lists for near 100K and the Challenger lists a little over 40K.

        So, relatively speaking, both brought about 10X their respective list price.

        ...and that's what most would assume them to do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're paying for bragging rights. In the case of the 'vette, its the only one in Lemans blue. The mustang will be the only KR with a glass roof. The Challenger will have no other additional features except it will be Vin #1.
      • 7 Years Ago
      73 Challenger was my first car. You are all correct, having vin numbers 1-3 is cool, but the reality is that in the next year or two, a lot of kinks will probably be worked out, plus the 9,000+ new models sold. I had intended to buy one originally, until they announced mass production. I am holding out for a rumored convertible in 09, or maybe a more tricked out model. Would love to see them bring back the Challenger TA for example in a limited run.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My take on the "low" price of $400K? The car already has 9000+ preorders, unlike the ZR-1 or GT500. Anyone who has already wanted one of the first ones most likely has already placed an order for one. Given it's supposed to be a high volume car come 2009 I'm surprised it got to even $300k.

      Craig Jackson likes his mopars and anyone bidding here really only wanted it because of the vin number.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cars like these(Hemi Challeger,ZR1 Vette) will be indeed rare due to the new CAFE standards.It's a bygone era kiddies.These babies are collectables because they won't be R&D'd or built in the very near future.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So they are already selling cars and we still have yet to see an actual production interior?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This whole trend of auctioning off the first of certain production cars is really stupid. As if they aren't already overpriced to begin with.

      Yeah, yeah, "it goes to charity" blah, blah.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think people who pay hugely inflated prices for a rebodied vehicle with undistinguished engineering are just plain crazy. I still am amazed that Mustangs, which are just pimped Falcons sell for more than 800 bucks.
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