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Marchionne's Challenger for Auction

Chrysler CEO's personal muscle car donated to raise money for United Way.

One of the perks of heading up a major automaker is getting your choice of just about anything you want to drive. In Sergio Marchionne’s case, that could include anything from a Ferrari 458 and Maserati GranTurismo to a Jeep Grand Cherokee or SRT Viper. So what does he drive? Aside from the Quattroporte he’s chauffeured around in while performing his Fiat duties in Italy, he’s been known to tool around Detroit in a Dodge Challenger SRT8. Only now he’s giving it up.

Not that he doesn’t like the Challenger. In fact he reportedly likes driving it more than just about anything else. But he’s donating it to charity. The Challenger SRT8 392, customized and autographed by Marchionne himself, will be on the docket at Barrett-Jackson’s upcoming event in Palm Beach, Florida. The unique 392 is hand painted in Pitch Black with Dark Charcoal racing stripes and features an adjustable coil-over suspension, Mopar exhaust and blacked-out brightwork. Also included in the same charity auction lot is a signed Mopar Gen-III 426 Hemi V8 crate engine that produces 540 horsepower - even more than the Challenger's 470 hp.

Proceeds will be going towards the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. In addition to overseeing both the Fiat and Chrysler groups (which also include the Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Jeep, Dodge and SRT brands), Marchionne chairs the fundraising campaign that seeks to solicit $35 million. We'll have to wait another couple of weeks to see how much the custom muscle car and crate engine contribute to the coffers.

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