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
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
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.