LOW-MILEAGE, RETRO STYLING THAT WILL NEVER FADE, NICE FUN-IN-THE-SUN CRUISER
Chrysler wasn't ready to let the Prowler die with Plymouth, so it moved over to the Chrysler store and got a few new colors. Today, the later Prowlers are perhaps the most prized and their prices seem to have stabilized, suggesting that future collectability is a smart bet. In the meantime, you can own this low-mileage 2000 Prowler and have some fun with Chrysler's own in-house hot rod.
Finished in Prowler Yellow, this car is all about being the center of attention. Prowler sticker prices took a big jump between 1999 and 2000, suggesting that the car probably cost more than they were asking to build, and as an experiment in aluminum technology, Chrysler didn't seem to mind. The result was that you got a stunning vintage-looking hot rod with a full factory warranty and OEM engineering and I, for one, was just thrilled to see a major automaker taking a chance like this. Like most Prowlers, this one has led an extremely sheltered existence with just over 1000 miles per year and if it's like its siblings, it's probably never even seen a raindrop. Fit and finish are very, very good thanks to the Prowler's virtually hand-built nature, and if there are blemishes on this car, they're almost imperceptible at a glance. The black bumpers and fender guards are still dark and right, suggesting this car has never spent a lot of time out in the sun and aside from a nose badge, it's entirely devoid of insignia's, which is hardly surprising on something so distinctive.
The Prowler scored big points with its comfortable, feature-laden interior that still captured the feel of an old hi-boy roadster. Deeply sculpted graphite leather bucket seats are fitted with integral seat belts and roll hoops for a very trick look, as well as a Prowler logo embossed on the seat backs. They show some signs of use with some minor stretching in the driver's chair, but again, it does not look like this car has withered in the sun. Hot-rod features include the steering-column-mounted tachometer and central gauge panel that is painted to match the exterior bodywork. Features include powerful air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, and Chrysler's fun Auto-Stick 4-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting. Everything works and it runs and drives like a real car, something that many home-built hot rods can't claim. There's also effective weather protection with a black canvas convertible top that looks like new and weather seals that were designed to withstand real-world conditions, something no self-respecting hot rodder worries about.
The only engine available was a 3.5 liter 24-valve V6, but thanks to refinements in 1999, performance is quite respectable. It has a wonderful growl from the custom exhaust system and the years have proven that the power train is quite reliable and parts are still readily available. With the rear-mounted trans-axle, weight distribution is excellent, giving the Prowler seriously agile handling and you'll never get tired of watching the front tires out there doing their thing as you drive. The full-independent suspension rides well and the 4-wheel disc brakes are powerful, and despite the hot rod look, it doesn't come with a hot rod ride penalty. Even the chrome wheels are outrageous: 17s up front and 20s in back wearing 225/45/17 and 295/40/20 Goodyears, respectively.
The Prowler is on every expert's short list of future collectibles, and for a good reason. Prices are stable for now, making this the ideal time to add a Prowler to your collection. Call today!
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- 18,954 (Actual)
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