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AUCTION: 8,100-Mile 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Limited Edition.

From "First Call" To "Last Call"...

With the 2023 model year marking an end to the modern-day HEMI-powered Dodge Challenger, one ride that represented the beginning of the era is going up for auction this Friday.

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in HEMI Orange. (Mecum).

This HEMI Orange-painted 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 made its debut mid-year with a production run of 6,400 units for the U.S. market (500 for the Canadian market) and would ultimately lead to a performance renaissance for the Dodge brand.

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in HEMI Orange. (Mecum).

On Monday, December 3rd, 2007 Dodge began taking deposits for its third-generation Dodge Challenger. This was almost two months before the car would be officially unveiled at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. Available in three color choices (Bright Silver, Brilliant Black, and of course, HEMI Orange), the cars came as well-equipped SRT8 spec’d units. Each car came with 20-inch x 9-inch aluminum SRT design wheels wrapped in 245/45ZR20 all-season rubber, AM/FM 6-disc CD/DVD/MP3/Sirius Satellite Radio head unit with a 13-speaker KICKER SRT audio system, and Dark Slate Grey colored leather bucket seats with HEMI Orange seatback accents. 

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in HEMI Orange. (Mecum).

Only three options were available at the time. The optional MyGIG multimedia infotainment system with navigation ($890), 245/45ZR20 front, 255/45ZR20 rear performance tires ($50), and a power sunroof ($950). Ultimately, the car was set at $37,995 (excluding $675 for destination and $2,100 for a gas guzzler tax). That price also included a pass to the SRT Track Experience.

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in HEMI Orange. (Mecum).

Production of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 began on Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at the Brampton Assembly Plant just outside of Toronto.

This particular vehicle is one of those cars that left the assembly line fully-loaded with all of the options checked. 

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in HEMI Orange. (Mecum).

Under the hood, was the 6.1-liter (370 cubic-inch) SRT HEMI V8 delivering 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. It was mated to a Mercedes-sourced W5A580 5-speed automatic. This one has been fiited with a HURST ball shifter. The odometer shows only 8,140 miles in the car’s 14 years of existence.

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in HEMI Orange. (Mecum).

All 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 models included the following equipment…

Standard Functional/Safety Features:

  • Advanced Multistage Front Air Bags
  • Supplemental Side Curtain Front/Rear Air Bags
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • All-Speed Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Performance Brakes
  • 3.06 Axle Ratio
  • Keyless Go
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Speed Control
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Trunklid Release
  • SRT Track Experience
2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in HEMI Orange. (Mecum).

Interior Features:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Head Front Seats
  • Power 8-Way Driver Seat
  • Manual Driver & Passenger Lumbar Adjust
  • Rear 60/40 Folding Seat
  • 13-Speaker KICKER SRT High-Performance Audio
  • Front Power Windows with One-Touch Down
  • AM/FM 6-Disc DVD MP3 Radio
  • 322-Watt KICKER SRT Amplifier
  • 200-Watt KICKER SRT Subwoofer
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio
  • UConnect Hands-Free Communication
  • Floor-Console with Fore/Aft Sliding Armrest
  • Rear Seat Armrest with Cupholder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls
  • Tilt/Telescope Steering Column
  • Rear-View Auto Dim Mirror with Microphone
  • Sun Visors with Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
  • Vehicle Information Center
  • Traveler/Mini Trip Computer
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Luxury Front and Rear Floor Mats
  • 12-Volt Center Console Power Outlet
2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in HEMI Orange. (Mecum).

Exterior Features:

  • 20-Inch x 9-Inch Forged Aluminum SRT Design Wheels
  • 245/45ZR20 All-Season Performance Tires
  • Carbon Fiber Hood Stripes
  • Fog Lights
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Power-Heated Fold Away Mirrors
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Dual Rear Exhaust with Bright Exhaust Tips

Nevertheless, those who have pockets deep enough, this car would be perfect to sit next to their “last call” model in their garage. 

Results – The car ended up taking $47,300 once it crossed the block.

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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