Sunday, January 18th 2015. | Advanced Technology, Auto & Motor, Car

Known comedian, TV presenter and huge-chin wearer, Jay Leno, is preparing to auction one of his prides and joys from his extensive car collection with the help of the Gooding & Company auction house on Saturday, January 17. An all-black 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 — one of the first 6,400 models that were pre-sold to car collectors — will be awaiting a new owner, with all the money raised by the model to be donated by Jay Leno to the United Service Organizations (USO), a non-profit organization that offers various relief services, programs and even live entertainment to the United States forward-deployed army men and their families.

“We are honored to have Jay Leno, a long-time supporter of our nation’s troops and a dear friend of the USO, help us further our mission,” said J.D. Crouch II, USO CEO & President. “This extraordinary gesture shows his genuine appreciation for everything they do for us at home and abroad. The USO thanks Mr. Leno and Gooding & Company, and knows this pledge will make many troops and military families’ futures brighter.”

Powered by a 6.1-liter, naturally-aspirated, HEMI V-8 that outputs 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the 2008 Challenger SRT8 was the first all-new Challenger in about 35 years, with the previous model to bear this iconic name having went out of production back in 1983. With styling motifs reminiscent of the 1970 Challenger R/T, the new model almost singlehandedly resurrected Americans’ love for the HEMI and Mopar, which is probably why Jay Leno went for the fourth car ever built.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8.

Jay Leno Auctions His 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 For Charity originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 18 January 2015 06:00 EST.

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