- we spotted a relatively rare dodge demon for sale as a used car with only 11 miles on the odometer and priced at nearly double the original list price of $86,090.
- the dodge challenger srt demon was a limited model, with only 3000 built for the u.s. and 300 for canada, and the last one came off the line in mid-2018.
- turns out, it was the dealer himself who originally bought that car as an investment in 2018, and who can blame him?
what does $165,000 buy you? with that money a person could make a down payment on a house, buy a nice car, go on a fancy vacation, and still have enough left to make a dent in student loans. or this hypothetical person could do the logical thing and go to elmhurst, illinois, and spend 165 big ones on a mint-condition dodge challenger srt demon. and then subsequently do a big smoky burnout in the lot before driving off in a remarkable, if pricey, straight-line slayer.
the owner of larry roesch chrysler dodge jeep ram decided to buy one of the two demons that made their way to his dealership floor. base price including gas-guzzler tax and destination: $86,090. he bought the torred clearcoat example, which came with the must-have demon crate, along with a host of other options including the added front passenger and rear seats. so equipped, it bears a window sticker total price of $92,752. he then took his brand spanking new quarter-mile killer and drove it down the road in feather-footed fashion to his private garage, where it has resided since january 31, 2018.
it must have been time to turn a profit on the car, because we just spotted the demon up for sale at the dealership, priced at $165,000. is it a bit much? maybe it is, but the pricing is understandable, with so few challengers made in demon spec.
this dealership in elmhurst isn't the only one to make a sizable profit on a limited-run car. many small auto dealers with no affiliation to a single brand will buy high-end luxury and sports cars, then sell them once the limited run is out. what this dealership is doing isn't illegal or fraudulent in any way. it's just a smart business investment on a car that was sure to appreciate in value.
if anyone has the money to go buy a demon, we sincerely hope that it doesn’t sit around and collect dust like this one has; dodge created this hellspawn for the sole purpose of chewing up 1320 feet of asphalt at a time.