Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
2002 Chrysler Prowler
Chrysler engineers were given free rein to design whatever they wanted in a "hot rod" or "sportster" type vehicle. Thomas C. Gale, Chrysler's design and international director's love for 1930s-era hot rods inspired Chrysler's latest design triumph, the retro-styled Plymouth Prowler. Gale, "who has a hotted up", 1932 Ford in his garage, approved the rod-inspired Plymouth Prowler as the company's follow-up show-stopper to the Dodge Viper. An early influence is credited to a Chrysler-sponsored project at the Art Center College of Design that resulted in a thesis by Douglas "Chip" Foose that included drawings of a retro-roadster. Foose "designed it as a coupe for Chrysler to begin with but modified it to a roadster version."
For consignment a "retro rod" similar to an aftermarket hot rod body being built from the ground up with all the trimmings, only this one comes to us directly from a factory, the Chrysler factory. Only 22,385 consigner stated miles are on this unique facet of automobilia from a major manufacturer.
What if you took a Hot Wheels child's toy and turned it into a real car?! Take a look at this... Using predominantly aluminum panels and adhesive to blend them together, this Prowler is in excellent condition with no rust or fillers, all original. Panels were then coated in PVF which translates to Candy Red Metallic Pearlcoat. With its Indy style front wheels and suspension with added floating fenders that magically turn with the wheels, to its modern yet retro stylings, chopped drop top in black canvas which hides itself into a rear clamshell cowl, and curved back trunk, you are in 1932/2002 alternate realities at the same time. Slight hints of running boards which then melt into a rear fender framing 17 inch in front and 20 inch on the back polished 5 spoke wheels. The shield style radiator surround upfront also black split bumpers on front and rear, there is a retro classic in front of you...make way!
Black broadcloth abounds with the buckets sitting proudly and in near showroom condition. These flank a center console which houses a glovebox, cupholder, and auto-stick (a shift mounted version of the tiptronic gear shift.) Keeping in tune with other earlier rods, this has a center elongated candy red painted oval which houses the white faced instruments. A/C, power windows, power locks, and a stereo are seen on the dash as well. Above the steering column is a tachometer. Noted the seats have a built in roll bar for extra safety in case you find yourself with wheels up...literally!
A 3.5 Liter V6 powers this light and nimble car, and is fuel injected. This is attached to a 4-speed automatic with the above noted tiptronic auto gear shift actuated gearbox. A 3.89 rear axle is on the back. All is looking just fine under this retro styled hood. It has an aluminum block with a forged steel crank bedded in the four main bearings. The heads and pistons are aluminum. It's been dressed-up, and heated-up slightly - a less restrictive air cleaner, cast stainless steel exhaust manifolds that make tube-type headers look primitive and EFI linear cam throttle body for surprisingly quick, crisp response.
As expected, nothing of notability, just normal wear and tear, but it is really at a minimum. 4-wheel power disc brakes are seen, and all else is structurally sound. Independent coil over suspension is on all 4 corners.
My climb in and test drive revealed that there are still fun cars to drive that are out there that do not need hours of tinkering prior to doing so. This car has excellent pickup and ran smoothly. It's definitely a head turner, and not something you see every day, even at Classic Auto Mall where we see quite a lot, and this car fits right in, and right out of the early year (sic) of 2002.
A retro throwback with all the modern conveniences, and a convertible. For the modern day hot rodder without all the wrenching. Chopped topper, moving front fenders, Indy style front suspension, and wild head lighting pull up to the drive in in this classic new car from Chrysler.
E-Manual Belts, Front Airbags
G-3.5L V6 Aluminum Block
V-Conner Ave Plant, Detroit MI
101778-Sequential Unit Number
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