Brand New 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Was Kept In Trailer For 11 Years

Buying a car only to keep it in storage for years and then score a profit on is not something most petrolheads would approve of, especially when a performance car is involved.

It’s a quite common practice, though, particularly among ultra rare and/or expensive models. Moreover, without people like these, there would be far fewer time capsules in this world.

Despite being a 2008 car, the term “time capsule” fits this Dodge Challenger SRT8 perfectly. You see, despite being more than a decade old, this example has barely been driven and shows only 9 miles (14.5 km) on the odo. The seller says this is the lowest mileage 2008 Challenger for sale anywhere in the United States, and we guess they’re right.

When the owner bought it, they went to pick it up with an enclosed trailer;and that’s where the Challenger spent the rest of its life. Hopefully, that is about to end, provided that someone is willing to fork out $36,995 for it.

According to the description on eBay, the car was removed from the trailer occasionally to have all mechanicals exercised and take pictures of it. The seller also claims “extreme care has been taken to make sure no elements enter the trailer.” For example, the Challenger has never been washed so there’s a chance that dust you see on the finish is several years old.

During the decade spent in the sealed trailer, the car had the trickle charger kept on the battery and all liquid stabilizers added. The engine has been started once a month and the car has been backed up and down the driveway every couple of months to keep everything lubricated.

Still undecided? This Challenger SRT8 features every factory option available in 2008 and comes with a clean title. No license plates have ever been issued or put on it, so the buyer will be the first to have that privilege. Unless they decide to go for a brand new 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T and have about $2,500 left to spend on whatever you like.

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  • IT’S A SHAME NO ONE MOTHBALLED A 1970 VERSION.

  • Matt

    Who’d want one with that interior? It’s like they just took the dash out of the Journey.

  • Bash

    I say keep it for another 15 years!

  • Simply Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Although the current generation Dodge Challenger is nice since 2008, especially the example we see on the picture above, shown in the Go Mango orange; however, I would opt for a brand new 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat pack w/470 Horsepower and a warranty that is a necessity for a Fiat Chrysler Automobile vehicle.

  • Alduin

    Stupid. That interior is awful for one and why would anyone keep a 2008 Challenger in a trailer?

    • TheAmerican2point0

      But they have been aging well. The fact that some slight changes can keep it looking fresh throughout 11 years is impressive, and a good sign that it will be a popular car in 50 years to restore.

    • Liam Paul

      I just hope 100 years from now FCA is still not making this same car lol

      • Alduin

        They will you can bet on it.

  • TheBelltower

    Nice car. Problem is, this very generation is still being produced and is better in every way in 2019 than this one from 2008. In spite of their best efforts to preserve it, this car offers zero nostalgia yet. This will have to sit about ten more years to justify any premium.

    • Liam Paul

      Are you for real, in 10 years nothing on the challenger will have changed, so in 10 years there still be no nostalgia for a car that than will be 20 years old looking like a 2028 model. Be honest, FCA will not update that if it keeps selling and can pass inspections to be sold for use on public roads

  • StrangerGP

    Dude picked the wrong car to preserve for the future lol.

  • Jo Bo

    Why would anyone buy it? Because people are stupid?

  • Craig

    Say what you will…. but I still own the 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8 that I bought new in June of 2006. Same car basically [mechanically] as this Challenger. It’s been an incredibly reliable car. And with the 94 octane [no ethanol] Chevron gasoline I put in it – it gets to 60 mph in about 4.6 seconds. And when just cruising along – it’s very quiet and very comfortable. THAT SAID…. I have to agree with what some of you are saying. IF the 2008 was the last year for this Challenger… it would be an incredibly appealing car. But it’s not. So it’s really just an incredibly nice 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8.

  • Craig

    I’ve been thinking about this ‘new’ Challenger. My 2006 300C had a few TSB’s [Technical Service Bulletins] that were dealt with soon after I bought the car. All four brake rotors were replace because the original ones were too soft allowing groves to form. The ashtray had to be replaced because it didn’t shut easy or open easy! There was something to do with the Mercedes 5-speed transmission. A plastic thing that was used on the Chrysler was replaced with a metal thing that MB used to keep it from leaking. [Something like that!] And the front airbags had to be replaced. [Which was done 8 years later] POINT BEING… The 2008 Challenger SRT8 had issues of its own. And I doubt ANY of them were dealt with on this ‘new’ car. Too late now? Will FCA pay to correct a Daimler-Chrysler Challenger?

  • kachuks

    Yes it’s well preserved. But its younger sibling with bigger 6.4 displacement and 8-speed ZF tranny will be the more desirable version when these cars get old enough to become collectible.

  • DMJ

    He preserved it like if it was a BMW Z8, or a Ferrari Enzo…it’s a nice car but, like the article says, better buy a new one, with all the improvements made by FCA.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    $36,995?

    This thing is trash. Nothing about this is worth the asking price, or even $10,000 less.

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