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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, Chryslers design and international directors love for 1930s-era hot rods inspired Chryslers 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 companys 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. Exterior What if you took a Hot Wheels childs 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! Interior 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! Drivetrain 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. Its 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. Undercarriage 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. Drive-Ability 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. Its 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. VIN DECODE 1C3EW65GX2V101778 1-USA C-Chrysler 3-Passenger Car E-Manual Belts, Front Airbags W-Prowler 6-Performance/Image 5-Convertible G-3.5L V6 Aluminum Block X-Check Digit 2-2002 V-Conner Ave Plant, Detroit MI 101778-Sequential Unit Number
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