The last Chrysler Prowler to roll off the assembly line is leaving the hot rod stage in style - with an auction for charity.
The final and most unique Prowler ever built - complete with rare Prowler memorabilia including signed, original styling sketches - goes under the hammer next week (18 May) at Christie's Auction House in Manhattan, with proceeds from the sale going to America's National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).
"The Prowler is one of the milestones in our company's unrivalled record of bringing concept cars to reality," said Tom Marinelli, Vice President, Chrysler and Jeep Division Global Brand Centre. "Just like the Dodge Viper, the Chrysler PT Cruiser and the Chrysler Crossfire, the Prowler evokes a strong, passionate emotional response.
"As an exclusive, factory-built street rod, the Prowler filled a special niche, attracting a diverse group of enthusiasts. The last one deserves a special good-bye, and an auction at Christie's is the perfect send-off. The fact that proceeds will go to the NMSS means that the legacy of the Prowler will have new meaning," he added.
Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Chrysler and Jeep in the UK, said: "The Prowler was a real head turner, probably the best-known in a number of icon-orientated products from Chrysler. But as we say goodbye to it we will welcome another in the form of the new Crossfire."
The final "Conner Avenue Edition" Prowler was built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit on 15 February, 2002. In addition to being the first and only Prowler with High-Voltage Blue exterior body paint, its other unique features include:
- a Mopar luggage trailer and hitch in the same High-Voltage Blue paint
- signatures of the Prowler Team on the vehicle's undercarriage
- a blue "Stayfast" soft top by Hartz
- bright anodised frame
- unique body-colour hood badge
- body colour upper radiator cross-member assembly
- unique body colour shifter and instrument panel bezels
- taupe leather seats with matrix grain inserts
- agate door trim panels with unique taupe inserts
- custom-wrapped shifter knob
Prowler first appeared as a concept car at the 1993 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Favourable response prompted the former Chrysler Corporation to unveil a production version of Plymouth Prowler at the 1996 North American International Auto Show. Official production of Prowler began in June that year.
More than 11,000 examples of the 3.5 litre, V6-engined Prowler have been sold. The 24-valve unit produces 253 hp at 6400 rpm, and 255 lb.ft. of torque at 3950 rpm. In addition, Prowler's electronic four-speed rear-wheel drive automatic trans-axle features an AutoStick shifter, which allows the driver to shift gears by simply tapping the gear lever.Published 8 May 2002