Avid car collector Rick Hendrick is known for being a die-hard Chevrolet fan. Over the past decade or so if you were interested in chasing after some of the first Corvettes and Camaros rolling out of Chevrolet, you were going to have to do battle with him. Just this year Rick Hendrick not only purchased the first 2015 Z06 for a cool million dollars, but he also picked up the first 2015 Z/28 also. Both of which donated all the funds to cancer research, which Hendrick is a huge supporter of.
So when Dodge donated the 2015 Hellcat Challenger to Barrett Jackson to benefit a local Vegas charity, Hendrick couldn’t help himself…
Carrying VIN #700001, the rare Hellcat was being sold to benefit the Opportunity Village Foundation, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit that works with people who have intellectual disabilities. The bids quickly rose and before you knew it, had crested $800,000. One final bid of $825,000 from Hendrick’s right hand man, Dale Ledbetter secured the Hellcat for Rick Hendrick.
Selling for more than 13 times its starting retail price of $60,000, this Hellcat was even more special as its the only Hellcat painted in Stryker Red, a color only available on its sister the Dodge Viper. Adding to the generous bid, the Engelstad Family Foundation of Las Vegas matched the $825,000, bringing the total donation to $1.65 million for Opportunity Village.
For Dodge the night was a big win as each of the three big manufacturers donated a car for charity. Chevrolet brought a jet-black 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, VIN No. 003, that sold for $147,000. While Ford brought the last of the rare 1,964 Limited Edition 2015 Mustangs, that sold for $170,000.
All in all, a great night for charity as between the three cars over $1.1 million was raised to benefit the charities.