Is there a modern equivalent to the custom street rod? I mean, it'd
have to be a car that's fast, stylish, technological, luxurious and
built with an astute attention to detail. It'd also have to be a
car that's exclusive, turns heads and has potential for major
collectability. How about this super low-mileage Prowler? With an
aluminum V6, a modern 4-speed, an aluminum-intensive frame, a
hand-built body and a stylish leather interior, it's every bit as
meticulous as it is reliable. And since only 11K of these
purpose-built halo cars were produced, you'd better believe it's
poised for a surge in popularity. If you're looking for a
showroom-fresh cruiser that's cool, comfortable and ready to roll,
this Plymouth is your kind of car!
Penned by Chrysler engineers who were given free rein to create whatever they wanted in a sportster type vehicle, this pristine drop-top exhibits the perfect combination of hot rod style and advanced technology. Today, after years of fastidious work to keep its 2-stage urethane clean and ultra-shiny, the car's glossy factory body looks brand new in virtually every way. And speaking of that pin striped body, it's 1 of only 711 Prowler Silver Prowlers built for the 2000 model year. Judging by this roadster's mirror-like reflections, it's probably never seen rain or, for that matter, been outside of a climate-controlled garage long enough to really know what sunshine is. Since all Prowlers were completely hand assembled at Chrysler's Conner Avenue facility in Detroit, Michigan, they typically show stellar fit and above average build quality. And this one, with its narrow gaps, solid-closing doors and tight-sealing top, looks and feels better than most cars twice our asking price!
When Prowlers finally hit the streets, many purists were upset that a V6 was the only powertrain option. What those purists failed to realize was: 1) with 253 horses and 250 lb./ft. of torque, the car's 3.5 liter, 24-valve SOHC V6 was making virtually the same power as Chrysler's Magnum V8s, and 2) when combined with the car's lightweight chassis and low center of gravity, it posted some very impressive performance numbers. Mechanically, this Plymouth's all-aluminum engine is showroom new in just about every possible way. Naturally, the mill has benefitted from basic maintenance but, beyond that, everything is essentially fresh out of the box. It certainly appears that the car has been driven often enough to keep every system in top operating condition. And, not only does the smooth sixer fire up instantly and idle perfectly, it moves its relatively lightweight payload with real authority.
Behind that buff V6, a 42LE 4-speed automatic transaxle, which features an 'AutoStick' gear change setting, is more of a toy than a functional performance improvement. But it fits the Prowler's persona perfectly, and far more of today's "real" hot rods are built with automatics than stick shifts. So, who can blame Chrysler for doing their homework and giving the public what it actually wants? That road-ready drivetrain is held off the ground by an aluminum-intensive chassis, which is equipped with an independent double A-arm front and multi-link rear suspension. Koni coil-overs combine with standard stabilizer bars and power rack-and-pinion steering to carve curves for lunch and eat potholes for dinner. Stops come courtesy of four composite discs, which measure 11 inches up front and 13 inches out back. The engine growls a rowdy, throaty exhaust note through two fat pipes, which exit just under the rear bumpers. A bit of flash is provided by standard chrome wheels, which spin 225/45R17 Goodyear Eagle GS-Ds in front of 295/40R20 Goodyear Eagle GS-Ds. And all that advanced hardware results in a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, making this roadster an absolute blast to drive!
Inside Chrysler's neo street rod you'll find a fashionable Agate interior that represents drop-top cruising at its very best. At the center of the cockpit, the driver and passenger benefit from plush leather seats that are stitched around monochromatic Prowler logos. In front of the driver, a factory tach is perched top-dead-center of a tilt steering wheel that anchors redundant audio buttons opposite factory cruise control. At the front of the car, a 150 MPH speedometer centers four accessory gauges inside a silver instrument panel. A short, factory shifter controls Chrysler's highly regarded AutoStick feature. Naturally, the windows, locks and mirrors are all power operated. There's a pair of protective, "Prowler" branded floor mats. And a superb 320-watt, 7-speaker sound system comes standard with a 6-disc CD changer that's located just behind the passenger's seat.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES
The car's original Owner's Manual and component literature
Miscellaneous service records
A matching trailer
A convertible cowl cover
Two Prowler-branded bags
A few spare parts
Miscellaneous interior baubles
The bottom line: This is A LOT of bang for your buck! Low miles, great looks, excellent performance and the kind of ownership experience most OEMs can't touch. What more could you ask for? Not only is this Prowler fast, it's also a very competent cruiser that features plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the warm summer sunshine. If you're looking for a low-mileage drop-top that's a tour de force of style and attitude, this Plymouth is your next car!
1 of only 711 2000 Plymouth Prowlers painted Prowler Silver
Sale includes a matching trailer
3.5 liter SOHC Chrysler V6 / 253 horsepower
4-speed AutoStick automatic transmission
Leather interior / Factory air conditioning
Power rack-and-pinion steering
Composite 4-wheel disc brakes
Chrome-plated alloy wheels
320-watt 7-speaker sound system