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2005 Chrysler Crossfire Convertible
The Chrysler Crossfire is a rear-wheel drive, two-seat sports car that was sold by Chrysler and built by Karmann of Germany for the 2004 to 2008 model years. Developed during the union of Daimler and Chrysler, the two-seater is based on the Mercedes-Benz R170 platform which shares 80% of its components with the first generation SLK. The second generation SLK was built on a new R171 platform starting in the 2005 model year; the R170 platform was essentially handed down to Chrysler for use in building the Crossfire. The name "Crossfire" refers to the two character lines that run from front to rear along the body sides - their crease directions cross below the mirrors on the door panels. Conceived during the period of Chrysler's ownership by Daimler-Benz, the name also refers to the collaboration of the two companies.
For consignment, a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire in convertible form. With it's design similarities courtesy to its merger company Mercedes-Benz, even being built on the same platform as the first generation SLK, its sporty looks carry on to today. Only built until 2008, not very many examples exist, but we will not at this time use the word rare! This car has been well kept, always garaged, and meticulously maintained. Powered by a 3.2 liter OHV V6 is not shabby either. An enjoyable sports car, rolling down the highway with a smile on your face, and the top down? We do note that a minor impact with a deer now has this car carrying a reconstructed title.
Reminiscent of the SLK of yore, this ribbed hood long front end teardrop edged headlights car even has the side vents on the front quarters with horizontal chromed trim spears just like the Deutschland original SLK inspiration. Bathed in Graphite Gray in excellent condition. A horizontal ribbed swept back grille and body matching integrated bumper all rounded over nicely creates the slick "through the air" bow. A wide satin silver windshield surround accentuates the swept back look, and a canvas convertible all rounded over in black and working its way to the rear glass on to the deck, aero slicing is always the key. Speaking of which a thin spoiler adds to the sportiness and pops up on demand electronically. Taillights and another integrated body matching curved rear bumper, with dual centrally located squared exhaust exits. Here the German influence appears more Porsche Carrera, but still is distinctly Chrysler. 18 inch and 19" 7 wide spoke star wheels are wrapped by BF Goodrich tires which are like new, and on all 4 corners.
Inside within the confines of the simple design door panels, presenting in dark slate gray and mixing throughout with light gray inside panel with satin chromed metal pulls. We are awed by high back two tone stitched see high back 8-way power, heated, leather buckets for the two passengers. These have a wavy pattern light gray for the inserts, and smooth dark slate side supporting bolsters. A sexy silver and white molded plastic console races forward to the dash, has a glovebox in back and also houses the parking brake lever and shifter. As it rises to the dash all "aluminum" plastic parts create a central panel and a machine age look. Here we have the climate controls, a factory AM/FM/CD digital stereo. More toggles are present and a cigarette lighter. To the dash front where we see green backlit instruments in analog format with digital display inserts to show the odometer and clock all under a cool gray padded dash top. With the push of a button the top raises and lowers smoothly and quietly.
Within the original clean factory engine bay sits a 3.2 liter fuel injected V6 producing 215hp. On the back is a 6-speed manual transmission which is a Chrysler NSG370 type. All clean, mean and presenting in very clean and well maintained condition.
Extremely clean and well cared for with no rust, surface or otherwise, seen anywhere underneath. A stainless steel dual exhaust snakes it way rearward to the central dual exit. Independent coil spring suspension is on front, and a 5 link coil spring suspension on the back. Power disc brakes are reserved for all 4 corners. No runs, drips or errors under here!
As expected it fired right up, and on the test track performed without a hitch. Smooth powerful acceleration, good handling, and the 6-speed took up to cruise speed, and then some. Straight bias free panic stopping, and all functions were operational at the time of my test drive. Keep in mind this is a reconstructed title
Emulating a Mercedes SLK is not the worst thing that can happen and this car morphs that design into a distinctive Chrysler American sports car feel, retaining the technology from the Benz. Nice design, and low drag coefficient, snappy interior and some good power. We have a WIENER!..uh sorry a WINNER! (I got
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