If you were planning on ordering one of the new 1,000-horsepower, 426-cubic inch Hellephant Hemi crate engines from Mopar and you didn’t do so in the first few days, we have bad news for you. The Hellephant is officially sold out.


Over the past 48 hours or so, we have seen posts on social media with information from third party sources stating that the Hellephant was sold out. Some of those sources seemed reliable, so we reached out to FCA for verification and today, we received that official verification from an FCA representative.

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““Given the high demand and the hand-built, time-intensive build process, we have closed preordering for the 426 Hellephant Supercharged HEMI crate engine. Based on preorders, the engine sold out in just two days. Customers can visit www.cratehemi.com to receive future information and updates on the “Hellephant” engine.”


No sales volume was offered, but with these 1,000-horsepower engines being hand-built, we would guess that the production numbers will be fairly low. Industry insiders have told us that they believe that Mopar may be making around 100 examples of the Hellephant during this initial production run, but with the engine proving to be so popular – even with a list price higher than that of a base model 2019 Dodge Challenger – it would make sense for the company to figure out a way to make more examples of this 1,000-horsepower crate engine. Of course, we want to point out that the count of 100 engines is not an official figure from FCA.


In the meantime, we cannot wait to see what some Mopar lovers have planned for their Hellephant Hemi. After announcing the pricing back on Hemi Day, we spoke with several owners of classic Mopar muscle cars who had a roller ready-and-waiting for the 426-cubic inch crate engine topped by a 3.0-liter blower to arrive. In fact, so many people discussed their ordering process online that it comes as little surprise that Mopar had to put the brakes on the ordering process.


The good news for those looking to put a Hellephant Hemi in a project car is that the odds are good that at least a couple of the people who were able to order one will be looking to flip it. This means that once production of the engine is underway, there may be Hellephants available for purchase, but you can expect to pay well over the $29,995 list price after they sold out so quickly.