When Dodge announced the radical Challenger SRT Demon in 2017, fans immediately lined up for a chance to own one of the 3,300 units set for production. The resulting rush led to dealers being able to charge well north of $100,000 for a Demon, despite an MSRP of just over $80,000. But against the wishes of the average public clamoring for their chance at ownership, Dodge gifted the first 50 Demons to VIP and company executives.
Enter Michael Mario Andretti, a legend in motorsport not just because of his name but also his success on the track, who received a brand-new Demon with serial number 47. The car was specifically built for Andretti, complete with all the goodies that made the Demon the most potent track-ready production vehicle ever to leave Detroit's fabled factories. In addition, he added the Demon Crate package—presumably to ruin even more tires—which included even more track-themed details.
Now, Andretti's yellow-over-black Demon has been sold at auction by Mecum in Dallas, with the final gavel reaching a respectable figure of only $107,500. Considering prices when new, the almost complete lack of Demons on the used markets, and the celebrity provenance, someone got one heck of a deal.
Hopefully the buyer will add a few more miles to the clock, as Andretti's Demon was listed as having only 13 miles on its odometer. Presumably, that was the result of 52 quarter-miles, which the Demon can crank out in only 9.65 seconds at a trap speed of 140 miles per hour—as certified by the NHRA. (The NHRA did, however, ban the Demon from competition, as it lacks the roll cage required for any car that logs a sub-10 seconds time. Sounds a bit like fear, doesn't it?)
The Demon achieves its mind-boggling acceleration (including a 2.3-second sprint to 60 miles per hour) thanks to its upgraded 6.2-liter V8, which Dodge boldly bolted a 2.7-liter supercharger onto. Running around 14.5 psi of boost, on pump gas the Demon's powerplant cranks out 808 horsepower, while on 100 octane or higher fuel it produces 840 horses and 770 lb-ft of torque. A ZF automatic transmission features a brake to help build up pressure before sending all the power to the rear wheels, Nitto street radial special-edition units that helped the Demon become the first production vehicle to be able to perform a wheelie off the line.