It's truly one of a kind.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat launched as one of the world's most insane cars, and despite the fact that its power output has been bested by other Dodge offerings like the Super Stock and the Demon, it's the relatively affordable Hellcat engine that remains a fan favorite. We've seen the engine fitted in everything from a Mazda MX-5 to a Toyota Prius and even an FD3S RX-7 and since it's available as a crate engine, we're likely to see it fitted to many more odd and unusual builds. That said, today's feature is particularly quirky: a Hellcat-powered shorty school bus for sale by Mecum Auctions.
The listing on this oddball vehicle isn't particularly detailed, but we do know that the build features a 46RH overdrive automatic transmission and an NP208 transfer case connected to a 4.30-ratio axle. Power disc brakes have also been fitted to the 1948 Dodge Power Wagon, along with a power steering system, ceramic headers, a three-inch stainless steel exhaust system, and, of course, that 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI. The build was featured at the 2019 SEMA show too, as part of KBS Coatings' display and was used in the filming of Mayberry Man. The bus was built by Alan Vanevenhoven specifically for the SEMA show and was amazingly completed in just 10 months after it was bought in disrepair and left to rot.
It's an interesting project that saw input from both KBS Coatings as a sponsor and SWG Motorsports, the company that helped with the fitment of the Hellcat engine. Now, Vanevenhoven is ready to move onto the next project and will watch as his creation crosses Mecum's lot at its Indy 2021 auction this week (14-22 May). As for what you can expect to pay for this vehicle if you have the means, bids are expected to exceed $150,000. It's a lot of money, but hey, this is a truly unique vehicle that has appeared in a Hollywood movie. As far as interesting talking points go, those are two pretty good ones.