"Ultimate Last Chance" auction for 645 HP Viper mated to TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission
Motor Authority | Viknesh Vijayenthiran | April 12, 2018
It turns out Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won't keep the last Dodge Viper ever built for its new heritage center located in the Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit, where the car rolled off the line last August.
The automaker revealed that the special Viper, a red 2017 Viper GTS, will be sold to the highest bidder at a Barrett-Jackson auction taking place in Uncasville, Connecticut from June 20-23.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale will go to the United Way charity organization, and to really getting the bidders fired up FCA will also throw in the last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. This car hasn't actually been built, but FCA says it will come in a matching red paint scheme.
That's a combined 1,485 horsepower (645 from the Viper and 840 from the Demon) for one lucky buyer. The cars should bring some seriously big bucks considering a similar auction of the first Challenger SRT Hellcat off the line managed $825,000 at an auction in 2014. Both cars in the latest sale are arguably more significant, especially the Viper because of its historical significance and the fact that we may never see anything like it again.
Plans to auction the end-of-era Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Dodge Viper vehicles – “The Ultimate Last Chance” – were announced during the Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach auction in Florida.
“We couldn’t be more excited to team up with Dodge for another significant sale,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Over the years, Barrett-Jackson has reached incredible milestones with Dodge, including the sale of a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (VIN 001) that raised $1.65 million at our 2014 Las Vegas Auction to benefit Opportunity Village Foundation. The sale of 'The Ultimate Last Chance' is a car collector’s dream and we are honored to partner with Dodge and support their philanthropic goals.”
Production of American hand-built V-10-powered Dodge Viper concluded at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit in fall 2017. The last production 2017 Dodge Viper is styled in homage to the first-generation Dodge Viper RT/10 with its Viper Red exterior and black interior. The car (VIN ending in 731948) includes exterior carbon fiber accents, black Alcantara leather seats and an exclusive VIN instrument panel badge and authentication kit.
As for the Demon, it's the last of 3,300 examples built (3,000 for the United States and 300 for Canada), and it will also come with a VIN instrument panel badge and authentication kit.