• Feb 24, 2008
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The first Challenger fetched $400,000 at Barrett-Jackson, and now #43 has managed to sell on eBay for a whopping $228,143.43. Of course #43 is no run-of-the-mill Challenger, as it's the only one (or, the only '08 model, at least) finished in B5 Blue paint, in a nod to "The King," Richard Petty, whose Mopar racers all wore a similar color. Unique paint isn't the only differentiator either, as it also comes with a commemorative plaque, a decal package (the winner can choose whether or not it's applied ot the car), and a meet-and-greet with Kyle Petty in addition to a VIP Package to the Dodge Challenger 500 NASCAR race at Darlington. All proceeds from the auction go to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which works to better the lives of kids afflicted with serious diseases. Thanks for the tip, Johnny!



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Should have had the decal kit ditched, but the design painted on.

      Red and white side stripes, red and white lip spoiler on the trunk, and red and white hood stripes as well. White painted wheels with red line on the rims.

      And a big 43 circle on the door.

      If you are going to pay a QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS, it might as well look like a race car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why all the hate for the Challenger? Did you guys not read that the money went to CHARITY?? Rich folks who want to give a lot of money to charity- that's a GOOD thing. I seriously doubt they are concerned in the least as to whether it was an intelligent purchase in terms of value and resale. You guys are even more dense than I first suspected. Back to the KickingTires blog where the commenters aren't children who ride the short bus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      More like paying money for a one-of-a-kind Dodge, which is how the muscle car market often goes.

      I hope we see more high-impact colors like this blue offered on the Challenger for 2009.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would think this one of a kind would hold its value well as it is the only Challenger in his color for the model year and honors Petty. Compared to the first Challenger, this is much rarer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All the comments below are from Allpar.com. My comments are in brackets [ ].

      The LX cars will use the Mercedes E class traction control, electronic stability systems, axles, wire harnesses, automatic transmissions (downgraded to five speeds from six so Chrysler won't go into Mercedes turf - even as GM and Ford create a new six-speed automatic), steering columns, and other major suspension components. 20% of the Magnum's components are shared with Mercedes, according to Wolfgang Bernhard...

      AutoWeek (Mark Vaughn) quoted chief engineer Burke Brown as saying that while Mercedes provided many components, "few parts are straight out the Benz bin."

      The LX was reportedly in full development swing when Chrysler was bought by Daimler-Benz... but the process was stopped to reengineer the LX to make use of Mercedes components and technologies. Chrysler devoted one of its parts plants to making five-speed automatics based on a Mercedes design, and the electronics architecture was switched to take advantage of Mercedes' experienced with stability control. Eventually, the LX would use a Mercedes-style rear suspension, transmission, steering system, and seats, sharing 20% of its parts with Mercedes. It would also be priced well above the original vehicles, and come out much later.

      In 1997, the plan was to have an Intrepid and Concorde replacement, each front wheel drive, as well as a 300N [successor to the 300M], full size rear wheel drive, and either a Charger or 300 convertible. [This would have been Chrysler's homegrown LX] The LH platform was designed for either front or rear wheel drive and could have gone RWD at any time. Third-generation LH [or LX] models with front, rear, and all wheel drive, which could all have been built together, were built as prototypes, and it would have taken less than ten minutes to switch the line from rear to front drive. Chances are if the takeover had not taken place, the LX series would have appeared in 2002.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think if this was just for a regular Challenger it would be absurd... but it's for charity.. so good on ya, winning bidder!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Depends how the charity works. In many charity auctions you only pay the sticker price of the product, in this case a Challenger. The rest is usally tax deferrable as a charitable donantion like a political donantion, or stuff given to Goodwill.

      So the bidder may be ahead in the long run by actually paying the sticker and getting a refund later on without dealing with the dealer mark-up. They also get a sharp looking car in a great and unique color.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Idiots with too much money paying for just another run-of-the-mill Dodge.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I tend to agree. If I think waht else you could buy for that kind of money, this warmed over 70s Dodge doesn't quite cut it, blue paint and all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        if you look at the auction, the person who won, just joined in the last 30 days and has zero feedback, so they probably got scammed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Memphisnet

        No, it'd still be an absurd price until you get into high end supercars, which the Challenger and GTR definetly ain't
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's for charity! Richer-than-they-know-what-to-do-with collectors' cash is rarely blown in such benecifical fashion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this is run-of-the-mill, what's the Caliber?
      • 6 Years Ago
      no pics with the "decal package?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Try looking at the gallery before typing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Run-of-the-mill indeed:
      Challenger = Charger (just another $21k sedan, big deal)
        • 6 Years Ago
        How does a Challenger = Charger? I guess you don't know what LY and LX mean.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ooh, ooh, ooh, it's such a pretty blue! It's so cute! All the other hairdressers in my salon will love it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly! It's three times cuter than any Z06, thus the cost.
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