Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne’s custom 2011 Challenger SRT® is set to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.
A unique piece of SRT® history can soon be yours. The chance comes at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida, April 4–6, when Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne’s customized 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 will cross the auction block. One lucky bidder takes home the Challenger, but the true winner will be when monies from the sale go to benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM). Marchionne donated the Challenger to United Way for this event.
“This is a chance that doesn’t come along very often,” noted Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations, SRT Brand and Motorsports. “It’s a unique opportunity to own a part of SRT history. Every Challenger SRT is special but this one has an amazing pedigree.”
Marchionne’s personal, one-of-a-kind 2011 Pitch Black Dodge Challenger SRT 392 features a set of custom mixed “Dark Charcoal” racing stripes painted by the master painters from Chrysler Group’s Product Design Office under the direction of SRT design head, Mark Trostle.
This Challenger SRT 392 has been lowered using a Mopar® adjustable coil-over suspension kit to add even more performance attitude to its aggressive stance. The car also features a Mopar exhaust system to add a little more bark to the bite. The SRT designers wanted a sinister look from every angle on this car, so tail lamps were “smoked” and the iconic 392 HEMI® fender badges re-created in gloss and satin black finishes. Factory forged 20-inch-by-9-inch wheels are finished in matte black to complete the menacing look of Marchionne’s one-off machine.
Inside are custom-trimmed black leather seats embroidered with SRT and 392 logos. Like its fellow SRT stablemates, instant feedback for track data like 0-60 mph times, 60-0 mph braking, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile elapsed times along with various G-force measurements comes courtesy of Performance Pages
Marchionne’s Challenger SRT 392 is powered by the proven 392-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 engine, churning out 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The new owner of this beauty can expect 0-60 mph times around the high 4-second range, and quarter-mile passes times in the high 12s.
A special part of the auction package is the newest Mopar crate engine – the Gen III 426 HEMI. The all-aluminum powerplant lays down a ground-pounding 540 horsepower and 530 ft.-lbs. of torque for the owner who wants even more hard-charging horsepower from under the hood. The winning bidder gets the Challenger and a separate 426 HEMI crate engine.
“It’s really an honor to work with Barrett-Jackson and help the United Way with the proceeds from this car,” added Paretta. “In fact, we’re especially excited at SRT because we plan to be at each of the remaining Barrett-Jackson auctions this year to help raise money for charitable partners and to spread the SRT message. We hope you join us and support these great causes.”
Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach runs April 4–6, 2013. With a number of ways to place your bid for this truly collectible vehicle, bidders need not be present. Internet and phone bids are both welcome in addition to the traditional in-person action. Tune into the SPEED TV or SPEED.com for full coverage of the auction.