2001 Plymouth Prowler Convertible
2001 Plymouth Prowler Convertible
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 "love for 1930s-era hot rods inspired Chrysler's latest design triumph, the retro-styled Plymouth Prowler. Gale, "who has a hopped 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 23,416 actual 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 Orange 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 the rear clamshell cowl, and curved back trunk, you are in 1932/2001 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 leather 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 orange 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 on 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 (4LE) automatic with the above noted Autostick auto gearshift actuated gearbox. A 3.89 rear axle is on back. All is looking just fine under this retro styled hood.
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 with 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.
E-Manual Belts, Front Airbags
G-3.5L V6 Aluminum Block
V-Conner Ave Plant, Detroit MI
701786-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.
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