Weekly Treasure: George Barris Customized 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

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Meet the "Red Demon."

The Dodge Challenger is a special car. There's no question about it. A complete redesign is expected relatively soon and, beyond that, Dodge intends to launch its first-ever all-electric muscle car. It'll certainly be controversial, ridiculously fast and powerful, and sexy. We can hardly wait. The Challenger has a long history dating back to 1969 during the muscle car's heyday. The name was revived in 2008 following a multi-year hiatus when the current LX generation debuted. It was a big deal because the Challenger had the most retro design compared to the Mustang and Camaro.

Enthusiasts were thrilled and so was a certain legendary custom car builder and Hollywood legend, the late George Barris. The designer and builder of TV and movie vehicle icons like the original Batmobile, the Munster Koach, the Monkeemobile, and the Family Truckster from "Vacation." The list goes on.

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When the reborn Challenger arrived, Barris teamed up with Steve Sanderson, another well-known designer and modifier, to customize one. This 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is known as the "Red Demon" and it's now up for sale on Cars and Bids.

Although it's still easily recognizable as a modern Challenger, a long list of modifications was performed. Examples include 20-inch front and 22-inch rear wheels, carbon fiber engine covers, custom-built headlight covers and grille, a cool carbon fiber hood scoop, fender flares, rocker panel extensions, and carbon fiber rear wings. And then there are those Lamborghini-like scissor doors.

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Inside, custom leather upholstery, a unique shift knob, and an upgraded sound system with an amplifier and subwoofer are found. Barris and Sanderson both signed the front passenger side dashboard. Mechanically, a high-performance suspension system was installed along with an upgraded engine cooling system. The engine and transmission, however, appear to be bone stock.

The 6.1-liter Hemi V8 has 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and is linked to a five-speed automatic gearbox for rear-wheel-drive only. Total mileage is around 4,100 miles but the Carfax report does indicate there's some mileage inconsistency. A few relatively minor flaws include plastic underbody scratches and peeling on the passenger's side grille emblem.

As of this writing, the highest bid reached $10,000 and the auction ends on July 26.

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