What’s black and white and red all over? Apparently, the last Dodge Demon.
Update: Dodge previously told us this white car in Australia is not the last Challenger SRT Demon to come off the assembly line, even though its serial number is 3,300 of 3,300. A Dodge spokesperson further clarified the situation by stating that, during the Demon's production run, "a handful of vehicles were damaged and scrapped." Demons were serialized to match the last four digits of the VIN, but since the scrapped vehicles already had VINs assigned, the numbering process went beyond the 3,300 mark.
Demon production did stop at 3,300 cars – Dodge didn't build any extras. In fact, Dodge confirmed the last production Demon is listed as serial number 3,314 of 3,300.
Catch all the backstory in the original article below.
Okay friends, here’s a head-scratcher for you. The crux of this automotive investigation started a couple days ago, when Motor1.com learned that the last production Dodge Challenger SRT Demon made its way to Australia, and was currently for sale. We clicked on the link at carsales.com.au and sure enough, the page loaded with a beautiful white Demon, priced at a not-at-all diminutive $450,000 in Australian currency. Pictures included a shot of the VIN and certification plaque that identifies this muscle car as number 3,300 of 3,300. Sounds cut-and-dry, but something was nagging at the back our noggin.
Gallery: Last Dodge Demon In Australia
Jump back to May 2018, when Dodge made a big deal about the last production Demon rolling off the assembly line in Brampton, Ontario. Thing is, that car wasn’t white – it was as black as the devil’s soul. Would someone really repaint the last production Demon? That’s when another thought pierced our brain, this time from the Barrett-Jackson auction last June. The final production Demon was actually sold on live TV with the final Dodge Viper, and the pair fetched a cool million dollars. And they were both red.
Gallery: Final 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Clearly, something strange is happening here. Would the final production Demon get repainted twice? In short, the answer is no, but it was repainted once. We shot an email to Dodge for some help on this, and here was the response from a Dodge//SRT spokesperson:
"The final Demon shown on the Brampton assembly line (black exterior at that time) was then hand-painted to match the Viper Red (paint code LRN) for the Barrett-Jackson "The Ultimate Last Chance Auction" Northeast Auction last June.”
That solves the black-to-red conundrum, but what about this white car in Australia? Dodge doesn’t explain the 3,300 serial number, which also matches the last four digits of the VIN. But the spokesperson points out the VIN is different from the car that sold at Barrett-Jackson, and as such, it is not the last production Demon.
“The VIN for this vehicle (2C3CDZH97JH103314) was published on Barrett-Jackson's website at the time of auction: 2018-DODGE-CHALLENGER-SRT-DEMON, so this vehicle in Australia is not the final production car built.”
Numbering sequences for new vehicles don’t always follow a linear path, and can sometimes include pre-production vehicles recertified for public sale. We don’t think there are any under-the-table dealings happening here, but it certainly seems interesting that Dodge would label a vehicle 3,300 of 3,300 and not have it be the last car. The question still burning in our brain is if more than 3,300 Demons were ultimately built. If the Dodge-confirmed final production Demon has a VIN ending in 3,314, are there 13 other cars between it and this white one?
In any case, it seems this dealer in Australia has Demon number 3,300, but it’s not the last one off the assembly line. Is it still worth $450,000? That's another good question.